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Getting started with Contentful and Symfony

This Symfony CMS tutorial will show you how to setup the ContentfulBundle in your Symfony application and how to access you content inside the framework.


The ContentfulBundle requires Symfony 3.4 or 4.0 (and higher), and PHP 7.0.

Install using Symfony Flex

This bundle is compatible with Symfony Flex. In order to use it, please enable contrib recipes by executing this command in your project root:

composer config extra.symfony.allow-contrib true

Now require the actual package:

composer require contentful/contentful-bundle

After the package is installed, Symfony Flex will do the following:

  • Copy the default bundle configuration to config/packages/contentful.yaml.
  • Add placeholder environment variables to your .env file.
  • Register the bundle in config/bundles.php.

Install without Symfony Flex

If you're using this bundle with a pre-Flex install of the Symfony framework, follow these steps. First, require the package:

composer require contentful/contentful-bundle

Next you need to enable the Bundle by adding it to your app's kernel in app/AppKernel.php:

public function registerBundles()
    return [
        // ...
        new Contentful\ContentfulBundle\ContentfulBundle(),
        // ...

Finally, add the bundle configuration to your app/config/config.yml file:

      space: cfexampleapi
      token: b4c0n73n7fu1

Using the client

Regardless of your method of installing the bundle, you now have a Contentful client registered as a service. The recommended approach is to use dependency injection and type hint the proper interface to access the client. A small controller displaying an entry based on an ID in the URL could look like this:

use Sensio\Bundle\FrameworkExtraBundle\Configuration\Route;
use Symfony\Bundle\FrameworkBundle\Controller\Controller;
use Symfony\Component\HttpKernel\Exception\NotFoundHttpException;
use Contentful\Core\Exception\NotFoundException;
use Contentful\Delivery\Client\ClientInterface;

class ContentfulController extends Controller
     * @Route("/entry/{id}")
    public function entryAction(string $id, ClientInterface $client)
        try {
            $entry = $client->getEntry($id);
        } catch (NotFoundException $contentfulException) {
            throw new NotFoundHttpException();

        return $this->render('default/entry.html.twig', [
            'entry' => $entry

To discover how to use the Contentful client, check out the getting started with Contentful and PHP tutorial.

Using the Web Debug Toolbar

The ContentfulBundle integrates with Symfony's Web Debug Toolbar. If the toolbar is shown and there were requests to the Contentful API, there will be a section showing how many requests haven been made against the API.

sympfony debug toolbar

Clicking on that section will open the Contentful panel in the web profiler.

symfony web profiler

This view shows you a all requests that were made against one of Contentful's API including how long they took. Clicking on the the "Details" in the last column gives you an overview of the request and response and exceptions thrown by the PHP client library.

symfony web profiler details

Configuration options

This bundle supports a variety of configuration options. Regarless of whether your confiuration lives in config/packages/contentful.yaml or app/config/config.yml, here is the full config:

      space: cfexampleapi
      token: b4c0n73n7fu1
      # Defaults to "master"
      environment: master
      # The name of the API to use, either "delivery" (default value) or "preview"
      api: delivery
        # If set, it will be used as the locale on all API calls
        locale: en-US
        # A URL of a host to use instead of cdn.contentful.com (useful with proxies)
        host: https://cdn.contentful.com
        # A PSR-3 logger implementation, will default to the system logger
        logger: app.logger
        # A Guzzle client instance
        client: null
          # A PSR-6 cache item pool implementation, will default to the system cache
          pool: app.cache
          # If true, content type and locale data will be cached during runtime and not on warmup
          runtime: true
          # If true, entry and asset data will be cached during runtime
          content: true

The bundle also supports a multi-client configuration mode. The options available for every client are the same as above, but you need to mark one of the clients as the default one:

      default: true
      space: cfexampleapi
      token: b4c0n73n7fu1
      space: cfexampleapi
      token: b4c0n73n7fu1
      api: preview

To confirm that everything is configured as you wish, execute php bin/console contentful:info in your shell. The output should look like this:

Contentful clients

 --------- ------------------------------------ ---------- -------------- ------------- -----------
  Name      Service                              API        Space          Environment   Cache
 --------- ------------------------------------ ---------- -------------- ------------- -----------
  default   contentful.delivery.default_client   DELIVERY   cfexampleapi   master        cache.app
 --------- ------------------------------------ ---------- -------------- ------------- -----------


Now you should be familiar with the basics of how to use Contentful in a Symfony application. You can find the Bundle on GitHub and Packagist. To get a deeper understanding, read some of our other PHP tutorials. If you find a bug, or have an idea how to further integrate with Symfony, please open an issue on GitHub.