Zend Framework 2 Tool (ZFTool) Tutorial


ZFTool is an utility module for maintaining modular Zend Framework 2 applications. It runs from the command line and can be installed as ZF2 module or as PHAR.


– Class-map generator
– Listing of loaded modules
– Create a new project (install the ZF2 skeleton application)
– Create a new module
– Application diagnostics


– Zend Framework 2.0.0 or later.
– PHP 5.3.3 or later.
– Console access to the application being maintained (shell, command prompt)

Installation using Composer

1) Open console (command prompt)
2) Go to your application’s directory.
3) Run composer require zendframework/zftool:dev-master\

Manual installation

1) Clone using git or download zipball.
2) Extract to vendor/ZFTool in your ZF2 application
3) Enter the vendor/ZFTool folder and execute zf.php as reported below

Using the PHAR file (zftool.phar)

1) Download the zftool.phar from packages.zendframework.com
2) Execute the zftool.phar with one of the options reported below (zftool.phar replace the zf.php)


Basic information

zf.php modules [list] show loaded modules
zf.php version | –version display current Zend Framework version


zf.php diag [options] [module name]

[module name] (Optional) name of module to test
-v –verbose Display detailed information.
-b –break Stop testing on first failure.
-q –quiet Do not display any output unless an error occurs.
–debug Display raw debug info from tests.

Project creation

zf.php create project <path>

<path> The path of the project to be created

Module creation

zf.php create module <name> [<path>]

<name> The name of the module to be created
<path> The path to the root folder of the ZF2 application (optional)

Classmap generator

zf.php classmap generate <directory> <classmap file> [–append|-a] [–overwrite|-w]

<directory> The directory to scan for PHP classes (use “.” to use current directory)
<classmap file> File name for generated class map file or – for standard output. If not supplied, defaults to
autoload_classmap.php inside <directory>.
–append | -a Append to classmap file if it exists
–overwrite | -w Whether or not to overwrite existing classmap file

ZF library installation

zf.php install zf <path> [<version>]

<path> The directory where to install the ZF2 library
<version> The version to install, if not specified uses the last available

Compile the PHAR file

You can create a .phar file containing the ZFTool project. In order to compile ZFTool in a .phar file you need to execute the following command:


This command will create a zftool.phar file in the bin folder. You can use and ship only this file to execute all the ZFTool functionalities. After the zftool.phar creation, we suggest to add the folder bin of ZFTool in your PATH environment. In this way you can execute the zftool.phar script wherever you are.

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