Where to Get Help

The Official CakePHP website


The Official CakePHP website is always a great place to visit. It features links to oft-used developer tools, screencasts, donation opportunities, and downloads.

The Cookbook


This manual should probably be the first place you go to get answers. As with many other open source projects, we get new folks regularly. Try your best to answer your questions on your own first. Answers may come slower, but will remain longer – and you’ll also be lightening our support load. Both the manual and the API have an online component.

The Bakery


The CakePHP Bakery is a clearing house for all things CakePHP. Check it out for tutorials, case studies, and code examples. Once you’re acquainted with CakePHP, log on and share your knowledge with the community and gain instant fame and fortune.



Straight to the point and straight from the core developers, the CakePHP API (Application Programming Interface) is the most comprehensive documentation around for all the nitty gritty details of the internal workings of the framework. It’s a straight forward code reference, so bring your propeller hat.


CakeForge was a developer resource that could be used to host CakePHP projects to share with others. It has been discontinued and taken offline in early 2011. If you have a CakePHP project that you would like to share with the world, try a site like github.

The Test Cases


If you ever feel the information provided in the API is not sufficient, check out the code of the test cases provided with CakePHP 1.3. They can serve as practical examples for function and data member usage for a class. To get the core test cases you need to download or checkout 1.3 branch from a git repository. The test cases will be located under cake/tests/cases

The IRC channel

IRC Channels on irc.freenode.net:

If you’re stumped, give us a holler in the CakePHP IRC channel. Someone from the development team is usually there, especially during the daylight hours for North and South America users. We’d love to hear from you, whether you need some help, want to find users in your area, or would like to donate your brand new sports car.

The Google Group


CakePHP also has a very active Google Group. It can be a great resource for finding archived answers, frequently asked questions, and getting answers to immediate problems.