The LucidFrame Console

As of version 1.11.0, PHPLucidFrame introduces command line based utilities that don’t need to be accessible from a web browser. The LucidFrame console provides built-in commands available to use and it allows you to create custom command-line commands as well.


  • A command-line (CLI) build of PHP must be available on the system if you plan to use the Console.
  • php must be available in your system environment variables.

Before get started, make sure you can run the LucidFrame console. Assuming that you are currently at the root of your LucidFrame application, simply run the Console with no argument:

$ cd /path/to/yourapp
$ php lucidframe

This produces this help message:

PHPLucidFrame 2.1.0 by Sithu K.

PHP Version: 5.6.23
The MIT License
Simple, lightweight & yet powerful PHP Application Framework
Copyright (c) 2014-2017,

Running a Built-in Command

Since the version 1.11.0, PHPLucidFrame added a basic Console command to generate a secret hash key. You should run it once you installed LucidFrame to re-generate your own secret key for your application.

$ php lucidframe secret:generate

You can check the help for the command using an option -h or --help which is available for every command implemented.

$ php lucidframe secret:generate -h

That produces the help message for the command secret:generate as below:

PHPLucidFrame 2.1.0 by Sithu K.

  secret:generate [options]

  -h, --help     Display the help message
  -m, --method   The hashing algorithm method (e.g. "md5", "sha256", etc..) [default: "md5"]
  -d, --data     Secret text to be hashed.

  Generate a secret hash key

Any secret text can be given to the command using the option -d or --data, and the hash method using the option -m or --method, for example,

$ php lucidframe secret:generate --data=any_scret_string --method=sha256

You can check all available command list by running

$ php lucidframe list

Creating a Basic Command

You can create your own console command. Let’s create a simple console greeting command that greets you from the command line. Create /app/cmd/GreetCommand.php and add the following to it:

    ->setDescription('Greet someone')
    ->addArgument('name', 'Who do you want to greet?')
    ->addOption('yell', 'y', 'If set, the task will yell in uppercase letters', null, LC_CONSOLE_OPTION_NOVALUE)
    ->setDefinition(function(\LucidFrame\Console\Command $cmd) {
        $name = $cmd->getArgument('name');
        $msg = $name ? 'Hello ' . $name : 'Hello';
        $msg .= '!';

        if ($cmd->getOption('yell')) {
            $msg = strtoupper($msg);


demo:hello is the command name. It accepts one optional argument name and one optional option yell. For argument, you don’t have to specify name in your command call, but you will have to provide --yell for the option. You could check help for the command before trying out.

$ php lucidframe demo:hello -h

Now let’s try to test the new console command by running

$ php lucidframe demo:hello Sithu

Since “Sithu” will be passed to the name argument, this will print the following output to the command line.

Hello Sithu!

You can also use the --yell option to make everything uppercase.

$ php lucidframe demo:hello Sithu --yell

This prints: