Interactive Console (REPL)

The CakePHP app skeleton comes with a built in REPL(Read Eval Print Loop) that makes it easy to explore some CakePHP and your application in an interactive console. You can start the interactive console using:

bin/cake console

This will bootstrap your application and start an interactive console. At this point you can interact with your application code and execute queries using your application’s models:

bin/cake console

>>> $articles = Cake\ORM\TableRegistry::getTableLocator()->get('Articles');
// object(Cake\ORM\Table)(
//
// )
>>> $articles->find()->all();

Since your application has been bootstrapped you can also test routing using the REPL:

>>> Cake\Routing\Router::parse('/articles/view/1');
// [
//   'controller' => 'Articles',
//   'action' => 'view',
//   'pass' => [
//     0 => '1'
//   ],
//   'plugin' => NULL
// ]

You can also test generating URL’s:

>>> Cake\Routing\Router::url(['controller' => 'Articles', 'action' => 'edit', 99]);
// '/articles/edit/99'

To quit the REPL you can use CTRL-C or by typing exit.