Coding Standards

When contributing code to Akeneo PIM, you must follow its coding standards (very close to Symfony Coding Standards).

Akeneo follows the standards defined in the PSR-0, PSR-1 and PSR-2 documents.


Here is a short example containing most features described below:


namespace Acme;

 * @author    FirstName LastName <>
 * @copyright 2015 Akeneo SAS (
 * @license  Open Software License (OSL 3.0)
class FooBar
    const SOME_CONST = 42;

    protected $fooBar;

     * @param string $dummy Some argument description
    public function __construct($dummy)
        $this->fooBar = $this->transformText($dummy);

     * @param string $dummy Some argument description
     * @param array  $options
     * @return string|null Transformed input
     * @throws \RuntimeException
    protected function transformText($dummy, array $options = [])
        $mergedOptions = array_merge(
                'some_default'    => 'values',
                'another_default' => 'more values',

        if (true === $dummy) {

        if ('string' === $dummy) {
            if ('values' === $mergedOptions['some_default']) {
                return substr($dummy, 0, 5);

            return ucwords($dummy);

        throw new \RuntimeException(sprintf('Unrecognized dummy option "%s"', $dummy));


  • Add a single space after each comma delimiter;
  • Add a single space around operators (==, &&, ...);
  • Add a comma after each array item in a multi-line array, even after the last one;
  • Add a blank line before return statements, unless the return is alone inside a statement-group (like an if statement);
  • Use braces to indicate control structure body regardless of the number of statements it contains;
  • Define one class per file - this does not apply to protected helper classes that are not intended to be instantiated from the outside and thus are not concerned by the PSR-0 standard;
  • Declare class properties before methods;
  • Declare public methods first, then protected ones;
  • Use parentheses when instantiating classes regardless of the number of arguments the constructor has;
  • Exception message strings should be concatenated using sprintf.

Naming Conventions

  • Use camelCase, not underscores, for variable, function and method names, arguments;
  • Use underscores for option names and parameter names;
  • Use namespaces for all classes;
  • Prefix abstract classes with Abstract.
  • Suffix interfaces with Interface;
  • Suffix exceptions with Exception;
  • Use alphanumeric characters and underscores for file names;
  • Don’t forget to look at the more verbose Code Conventions document for more subjective naming considerations.


Protected by default and public when necessary.

Useage of private is forbidden in the Core Components and Bundles.

We understand the advantages and know the drawbacks, we strictly follow this rule for now.

An interesting resource on this topic private vs protected


  • Add PHPDoc blocks for all classes, methods, and functions;
  • Omit the @return tag if the method does not return anything;
  • The @package and @subpackage annotations are not used.


  • Akeneo PIM is released under the OSL license, and the license reference has to be present at the top of every PHP file, in the class PHPDoc.
  • Some bundles as BatchBundle are released under the MIT licence, for these one, please follow the repository convention.