The Aura System

The Aura System provides a full-stack Aura framework built around Aura library packages.


You can use a cloned version of the system and then manually install packages, or you can download a full system tarball.


  1. Download the latest tarball from the downloads directory.

  2. Uncompress the tarball to your document root.

  3. Browse to /path/to/system/web/index.php to see “Hello World!”.


The git command must be in your $PATH for this to work.

  1. Clone the Aura system repository to your document root.

    $ git clone

    This will give you the overall system skeleton along with an update.php script.

  2. Issue php update.php to install the remaining library packages.

    $ cd system
    $ php update.php

    You can subsequently update the system and all library packages (including installation of newly-available packages) with the same php update.php command.

  3. Browse to /path/to/system/web/index.php to see “Hello World!”.

Pretty URLs

To see pretty URLs under either installation process, add a virtual host to your web server, then point its document root to /path/to/system/web. The mod_rewrite module should be installed. That will allow you to browse to the virtual host without needing index.php in the URL.

Command Line

You can also try Aura from the command line. Go to the system directory and run a CLI command from the Aura Framework package:

$ php /path/to/system/package/Aura.Demo/cli/hello

You should see output of Hello World!.

Running Tests

For testing, you need to have PHPUnit 3.7 or later installed.

To run the tests in each individual package, change to that package’s tests direcotry and issue phpunit:

$ cd /path/to/system/package/Aura.Autoload/tests
$ phpunit

System Organization

The system directory structure is pretty straightforward:

    config/                     # mode-specific config files
        _mode                   # The config mode, 'default' by default
        _packages               # Load these packages in order
        default.php             # default config overrides
        dev.php                 # shared development server
        local.php               # local (individual) development server
        prod.php                # production
        stage.php               # staging
        test.php                # testing
    include/                    # generic include-path directory
    package/                    # Aura packages
    tmp/                        # temporary files
    vendor/                     # Composer vendors
    web/                        # web server document root
        .htaccess               # mod_rewrite rules
        cache/                  # public cached files
        favicon.ico             # favicon to reduce error_log lines
        index.php               # bootstrap script

Package Organization

In Aura, all code is grouped into packages. There is no difference between library packages, support packages, web packages, and so on – they are all just “packages.”

The package directory structure looks like this:

    cli/                        # command-line script invokers
    composer.json               # composer/packagist file
    config/                     # package-level configs
        default.php             # default configs
        test.php                # configs for "test" mode
    meta/                       # metadata for packaging scripts
    LICENSE                     # license file                   # readme file
    src/                        # the actual source code organized for PSR-0
    tests/                      # test files for phpunit
    web/                        # public web assets
        styles/                 # css files
        images/                 # image files
        scripts/                # javascript (or other script) files

In general, your src/ files should be organized like so:

        Cli/                    # all CLI commands
            CommandName/        # a particular CLI command and its support files
                Command.php     # the actual command logic
                data/           # other data for the command
        Web/                    # all web pages
            PageName/           # a particular web page and its support files
                Page.php        # the actual page action logic
                views/          # views for the page
                layouts/        # layouts for the page
                data/           # other data for the page
                HelperName.php  # a view helper

You can of course place other libraries in the package if you like.

An Example Page Controller

Let’s create a package and a page controller, and wire it up for browsing.

Package Structure

First, create the package structure (just the parts we need):

$ cd /path/to/system/package
$ mkdir -p Example.Package/src/Example/Package/Web/Quick/views

Page Controller and View

Change to the page controller directory …

$ cd Example.Package/src/Example/Package/Web/Quick/

… and edit a file called Page.php. Add this code:

namespace Example\Package\Web\Quick;
use Aura\Framework\Web\Controller\AbstractPage;
class Page extends AbstractPage
    public function actionIndex()
        $this->view = 'index';

Next, create a view for the action. Edit a file called views/index.php and add the following text:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

At this point your package directory should look like this:



Now we need to wire up the page controller to the autoloader and the routing system. We could do this at the package-level config, but let’s concentrate on the system-level config for now.

Change to the system config directory:

$ cd /path/to/system/config

Edit the default.php file and add this code at the end of the file:

/** Example Package configs */

// add the package to the autoloader
$loader->add('Example\Package\\', dirname(__DIR__) . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . 'src');

// add a route to the page and action
$di->get('router_map')->add('quick_index', '/quick', [
    'values' => [
        'controller' => 'quick',
        'action' => 'index',

// map the 'quick' controller value to a page controller class
$di->params['Aura\Framework\Web\Controller\Factory']['map']['quick'] = 'Example\Package\Web\Quick\Page';

Try It Out

You should now be able to browse to the /quick URL and see "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."