Last Updated: February 25, 2016
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· fstrube

Rails-like console for PHP

Careful. This may blow your mind.

In PHP, there exists a Rails-like console for almost any application. Simply use the command php -d auto_prepend_file=init.php -a, where init.php is the path to the file that loads your application.

For example, in WordPress do:

user@server:/var/www$ php -d auto_prepend_file=wp-load.php -a
Interactive shell

php > $post = get_post(1);
php > print_r($post);
WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 1
    [post_author] => 1
    [post_date] => 2013-03-26 03:00:48
    [post_date_gmt] => 2013-03-26 03:00:48
    [post_content] => Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
    [post_title] => Hello world!
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => trash
    [comment_status] => open
    [ping_status] => open
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => hello-world
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2013-03-26 04:26:03
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-03-26 04:26:03
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => http://franklinstrube.local/wordpress/?p=1
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 1
    [filter] => raw
)

This can be done for just about any PHP framework, and, in my opinion, is better than rewriting php-cli in Python.

Read more at http://franklinstrube.com/blog/rails-like-console-php/.

Console for WordPress: https://github.com/fstrube/wordpress-console

Console for Magento: https://github.com/fstrube/magento-console