How to Install Yii 2.0 Framework in Windows

Yii 2.0 Framework
In this read, we’ll discover the steps to install Yii2.0 Framework in Windows.

We may install the Yii PHP framework in two ways: by using Composer or by downloading an archive file. The composer method is superior since it allows you to add new extensions or upgrade your Yii simply by typing a single command.


1)  Install Composer:


Install Composer
Install Composer

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2) Installing Yii via Composer

Yii2 is having two applications in

  • Advanced application template
  • Basic application template


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In order to install the project, just open the console in your htdocs or www folder and just write the following commands:

In order to install project, just open console in your htdocs or www folder and just write following commands:

Install Advanced Application Template
composer create-project --prefer-dist --stability=dev yiisoft/yii2-app-advanced your_project_name
Install Basic Application Template
composer create-project --prefer-dist --stability=dev yiisoft/yii2-app-basic your_project_name


3. Installing Yii from an archive file involves two steps:


4. Getting started

  1. Run command init to initialize the application in a console in your project folder
  2. Create a new database and adjust DB configuration in project_folder/common/config/main-local.php
  3. Apply migrations with console command yii migrate. This will create tables needed for the application to work.

Migrations are present in project_folder/console/migrations

All done, now your project has been set up and you can access it in your browser.


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