Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· bendihossan

Redirecting embedded controllers in Symfony2

Symfony2 does not and likely will not ever support redirects from embedded controllers (eg: sub-requests) -

If you need to perform a redirect from an embedded controller in your Symfony application you can do a forward instead:

 public function indexAction($name)
    $response = $this->forward(
            'name'  => $name,
            'color' => 'green',

    return $response;

The downside to this is that your URI may no longer be relevant to the content on the page because a forward returns the response of a different controller action to the action of the initial request. It's a necessary trade off unfortunately because Symfony doesn't handle redirects in embedded controller actions.

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Hi Steffan. I don't know if you have tested your code, but forwarding from an embedded controller you get all rendered html inside your embedded controller. Conclusion: It does not work.

over 1 year ago ·

I've definitely tested this, I'm working an application right now that makes heavy use of this. PS. I forgot to add that this was with Symfony2.1

over 1 year ago ·

Hi Steffan, I tried your code very excited that I may have found something that works. Nope, it renders the content of the embedded controller inside the html. Are you doing anything different?

over 1 year ago ·

Not sure what you're doing but if I understand what you're saying but this is how I'm using this:

1 (parent) request for the page: this contains the overall page layout.
1 sub request for the page: this contains the page content.

This means that when I do a forward the I am forwarding the sub request (not the parent).

I think what you and davidpv are looking for as a method to forward the parent request, that's not what this is for I'm afraid.

over 1 year ago ·