PHP Mapping

Doctrine 2 also allows you to provide the ORM metadata in the form of plain PHP code using the ClassMetadata API. You can write the code in PHP files or inside of a static function named loadMetadata($class) on the entity class itself.

PHP Files

If you wish to write your mapping information inside PHP files that are named after the entity and included to populate the metadata for an entity you can do so by using the PHPDriver:

$driver = new PHPDriver('/path/to/php/mapping/files');

Now imagine we had an entity named Entities\User and we wanted to write a mapping file for it using the above configured PHPDriver instance:

namespace Entities;

class User
    private $id;
    private $username;

To write the mapping information you just need to create a file named Entities.User.php inside of the /path/to/php/mapping/files folder:

// /path/to/php/mapping/files/Entities.User.php

   'id' => true,
   'fieldName' => 'id',
   'type' => 'integer'

   'fieldName' => 'username',
   'type' => 'string',
   'options' => array(
       'fixed' => true,
       'comment' => "User's login name"

   'fieldName' => 'login_count',
   'type' => 'integer',
   'nullable' => false,
   'options' => array(
       'unsigned' => true,
       'default' => 0

Now we can easily retrieve the populated ClassMetadata instance where the PHPDriver includes the file and the ClassMetadataFactory caches it for later retrieval:

$class = $em->getClassMetadata('Entities\User');
// or
$class = $em->getMetadataFactory()->getMetadataFor('Entities\User');

Static Function

In addition to the PHP files you can also specify your mapping information inside of a static function defined on the entity class itself. This is useful for cases where you want to keep your entity and mapping information together but don't want to use annotations. For this you just need to use the StaticPHPDriver:

$driver = new StaticPHPDriver('/path/to/entities');

Now you just need to define a static function named loadMetadata($metadata) on your entity:

namespace Entities;

use Doctrine\ORM\Mapping\ClassMetadata;

class User
    // ...

    public static function loadMetadata(ClassMetadata $metadata)
           'id' => true,
           'fieldName' => 'id',
           'type' => 'integer'

           'fieldName' => 'username',
           'type' => 'string'


To ease the use of the ClassMetadata API (which is very raw) there is a ClassMetadataBuilder that you can use.

namespace Entities;

use Doctrine\ORM\Mapping\ClassMetadata;
use Doctrine\ORM\Mapping\Builder\ClassMetadataBuilder;

class User
    // ...

    public static function loadMetadata(ClassMetadata $metadata)
        $builder = new ClassMetadataBuilder($metadata);
        $builder->createField('id', 'integer')->isPrimaryKey()->generatedValue()->build();
        $builder->addField('username', 'string');

The API of the ClassMetadataBuilder has the following methods with a fluent interface:

  • addField($name, $type, array $mapping)
  • setMappedSuperclass()
  • setReadOnly()
  • setCustomRepositoryClass($className)
  • setTable($name)
  • addIndex(array $columns, $indexName)
  • addUniqueConstraint(array $columns, $constraintName)
  • addNamedQuery($name, $dqlQuery)
  • setJoinedTableInheritance()
  • setSingleTableInheritance()
  • setDiscriminatorColumn($name, $type = 'string', $length = 255)
  • addDiscriminatorMapClass($name, $class)
  • setChangeTrackingPolicyDeferredExplicit()
  • setChangeTrackingPolicyNotify()
  • addLifecycleEvent($methodName, $event)
  • addManyToOne($name, $targetEntity, $inversedBy = null)
  • addInverseOneToOne($name, $targetEntity, $mappedBy)
  • addOwningOneToOne($name, $targetEntity, $inversedBy = null)
  • addOwningManyToMany($name, $targetEntity, $inversedBy = null)
  • addInverseManyToMany($name, $targetEntity, $mappedBy)
  • addOneToMany($name, $targetEntity, $mappedBy)

It also has several methods that create builders (which are necessary for advanced mappings):

  • createField($name, $type) returns a FieldBuilder instance
  • createManyToOne($name, $targetEntity) returns an AssociationBuilder instance
  • createOneToOne($name, $targetEntity) returns an AssociationBuilder instance
  • createManyToMany($name, $targetEntity) returns an ManyToManyAssociationBuilder instance
  • createOneToMany($name, $targetEntity) returns an OneToManyAssociationBuilder instance

ClassMetadataInfo API

The ClassMetadataInfo class is the base data object for storing the mapping metadata for a single entity. It contains all the getters and setters you need populate and retrieve information for an entity.

General Setters

  • setTableName($tableName)
  • setPrimaryTable(array $primaryTableDefinition)
  • setCustomRepositoryClass($repositoryClassName)
  • setIdGeneratorType($generatorType)
  • setIdGenerator($generator)
  • setSequenceGeneratorDefinition(array $definition)
  • setChangeTrackingPolicy($policy)
  • setIdentifier(array $identifier)

Inheritance Setters

  • setInheritanceType($type)
  • setSubclasses(array $subclasses)
  • setParentClasses(array $classNames)
  • setDiscriminatorColumn($columnDef)
  • setDiscriminatorMap(array $map)

Field Mapping Setters

  • mapField(array $mapping)
  • mapOneToOne(array $mapping)
  • mapOneToMany(array $mapping)
  • mapManyToOne(array $mapping)
  • mapManyToMany(array $mapping)

Lifecycle Callback Setters

  • addLifecycleCallback($callback, $event)
  • setLifecycleCallbacks(array $callbacks)

Versioning Setters

  • setVersionMapping(array &$mapping)
  • setVersioned($bool)
  • setVersionField()

General Getters

  • getTableName()
  • getSchemaName()
  • getTemporaryIdTableName()

Identifier Getters

  • getIdentifierColumnNames()
  • usesIdGenerator()
  • isIdentifier($fieldName)
  • isIdGeneratorIdentity()
  • isIdGeneratorSequence()
  • isIdGeneratorTable()
  • isIdentifierNatural()
  • getIdentifierFieldNames()
  • getSingleIdentifierFieldName()
  • getSingleIdentifierColumnName()

Inheritance Getters

  • isInheritanceTypeNone()
  • isInheritanceTypeJoined()
  • isInheritanceTypeSingleTable()
  • isInheritanceTypeTablePerClass()
  • isInheritedField($fieldName)
  • isInheritedAssociation($fieldName)

Change Tracking Getters

  • isChangeTrackingDeferredExplicit()
  • isChangeTrackingDeferredImplicit()
  • isChangeTrackingNotify()

Field & Association Getters

  • isUniqueField($fieldName)
  • isNullable($fieldName)
  • getColumnName($fieldName)
  • getFieldMapping($fieldName)
  • getAssociationMapping($fieldName)
  • getAssociationMappings()
  • getFieldName($columnName)
  • hasField($fieldName)
  • getColumnNames(array $fieldNames = null)
  • getTypeOfField($fieldName)
  • getTypeOfColumn($columnName)
  • hasAssociation($fieldName)
  • isSingleValuedAssociation($fieldName)
  • isCollectionValuedAssociation($fieldName)

Lifecycle Callback Getters

  • hasLifecycleCallbacks($lifecycleEvent)
  • getLifecycleCallbacks($event)

ClassMetadata API

The ClassMetadata class extends ClassMetadataInfo and adds the runtime functionality required by Doctrine. It adds a few extra methods related to runtime reflection for working with the entities themselves.

  • getReflectionClass()
  • getReflectionProperties()
  • getReflectionProperty($name)
  • getSingleIdReflectionProperty()
  • getIdentifierValues($entity)
  • setIdentifierValues($entity, $id)
  • setFieldValue($entity, $field, $value)
  • getFieldValue($entity, $field)