Installing Yii Framework 2.0

We can install Yii in two ways, using Composer or downloading an archive file. The former is the preferred way as it allows you to install new extensions or update Yii by running a single command.

Install Composer

  • Download the composer from
  • When you install the composer, It will ask to choose the "php.exe" file.
  • on Linux or Mac, run the following commands:
    curl -s | php
    mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
  • To check the composer installation, Type the below code in command prompt
    composer -V
  • With Composer installed, you can install Yii by running the following commands under a Web-accessible folder:
    composer global require "fxp/composer-asset-plugin:1.0.0-beta2"
    The first command installs the composer asset plugin which allows managing bower and npm package dependencies through Composer. You only need to run this command once for all.

Installing Yii Via Composer

Yii2 are having two apppliation in They are "Advanced application template", "Basic application template"

Install Advanced Application Template

[caption id="attachment_1580" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Install yii2 application via composer Install yii2 application via composer[/caption] To install "advanced application template", use the following code

composer create-project yiisoft/yii2-app-advanced projAdvanced 2.0.0-beta
php composer.phar create-project --prefer-dist --stability=dev yiisoft/yii2-app-advanced /path/to/yii-application
composer create-project --prefer-dist --stability=dev yiisoft/yii2-app-advanced your_project_name

Install Basic Application Template

To install "basic application template", use the following code

composer create-project yiisoft/yii2-app-basic projBasic 2.0.0-beta
composer create-project --prefer-dist yiisoft/yii2-app-basic basic_project_name
composer create-project --prefer-dist --stability=dev yiisoft/yii2-app-basic basic_project_name

Folder Structure Of Advanced Application Template

After installed 'advanced application template', you will get the application like below folder structure. [caption id="attachment_1579" align="aligncenter" width="643"]yii2 advanced application folder structure yii2 advanced application folder structure[/caption] Root directory contains a set of folder.
  • backend - backend web application.
  • common - files common to all applications.
  • console - console application.
  • environments - environment configs.
  • frontend - frontend web application.
Root directory contains a set of files.
  • .gitignore contains a list of directories ignored by git version system. If you need something never get to your source code repository, add it there.
  • composer.json - Composer config described in detail below.
  • init - initialization script described in "Composer config described in detail below".
  • init.bat - same for Windows.
  • - license info. Put your project license there. Especially when opensourcing.
  • - basic info about installing template. Consider replacing it with information about your project and its installation.
  • requirements.php - Yii requirements checker.
  • yii - console application bootstrap.
  • yii.bat - same for Windows.

Installing from an Archive File

Installing Yii from an archive file involves two steps:
  1. Download the archive file from
  2. Unpack the downloaded file to a Web accessible folder.

Getting Started

After you install the application, you have to conduct the following steps to initialize the installed application. You only need to do these once for all. [caption id="attachment_1605" align="aligncenter" width="667"]Yii2 Installation Via Composer Yii2 Installation Via Composer[/caption]
  1. Run command init to initialize the application with a specific environment.
  2. Create a new database and adjust the components['db'] configuration in common/config/main-local.php accordingly.
  3. Apply migrations with console command yii migrate. This will create tables needed for the application to work.
  4. Set document roots of your Web server: