If you need a development environment for Symfony, hosted by Docker, you can use the fazy/apache-symfony docker image to start with, then extend it to your need.

In your Symfony project’s folder add the Dockerfile and docker-compose.yml files.

In the first one, we added mysql and composer, then we used the docker-compose.yml file to mount a local volume to the docker container with file sync.

This way you can code on your machine and test in the docker environment.

The Dockerfile:

The docker-compose.yml file:

To build the Docker container use:

docker-compose up --build

To start it when it’s down just remove the –build parameter:

docker-compose up

Once is running, you can view it’s ID by running:

docker ps

Now grab the first 3 characters from the id and use them in the next command to be able to log in the running container:

docker exec -t -i ID bash

Finnaly, to access the Symfony project in your browser, go to http://localhost:8080/app_dev.php and have fun!

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