Created: 2008-12-21 19:14
Updated: 2018-09-05 18:35

Silk Framework

The Silk Framework is a PHP 5.3+, MVC web framework which was originally taken from CMS Made Simple 2.0, but has been reworked many times since then.


Silk tries to do as much as it needs to and nothing more. The focus is resting squarely on being the plumbing of a web application, without handling anything that requires configuration or would act differently for every application.

  • MVC based workflow w/ sensible defaults
  • Intelligent route handling
  • Doctrine2 ORM w/ many databases supported
  • Seamless MongoDB support (coming soon)
  • Easily exandable w/ extensions
  • Extensible form API w/ smart defaults and workflow
  • Built on a library similar to Rack for easy middleware-based expandability
  • Unit testing w/ PHPUnit built-in
  • Smarty templates used through (php-based templates work as well)
  • Command line focused workflow with easily added commands via simple PHP scripts.
  • caching system (memcached, memory, xcache, apc, database) (coming soon)

What kind of stuff doesn't it do?

Things below are the types of things Silk won't do. Since it's easily expandable via extensions, it becomes unnecessary to handle things that will have too many options. Things like:

  • Users/Groups
  • Permissions/Authentication

Please don't submit features/issues with stuff that's too high level. I'll just tell you make an extension. k?thx!


  • PHP 5.3+


  • Database (mysql, mongodb, postgresql, sqlite, oracle, mssql, db2)
  • Command line
  • Caching mechanism (memcached, xcache, apc)
  • PEAR (to install phpunit)


  1. Fork it.
  2. Create a branch (git checkout -b kick_ass_feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am "Added Kick Ass Feature")
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin kick_ass_feature)
  5. Create an Issue with a link to your branch
  6. Bask in the glory of your cleverness and wait
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