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php – How to create the route in symfony 2 which maps to external URL?

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


Referring to this,


we can map url pattern to controller and action


    path:      /blog/{slug}
    defaults:  { _controller: AcmeBlogBundle:Blog:show }

I want to map the path to external url.


    path:      /blog/{slug}
    defaults:  "www.example.com/blog"

The requirement is, my current website is in kohana, I am porting it gradually to symfony 2. For my symfony2 app kohana URL are like external urls, I want to configure these urls in routing and use them in standard way,

e.g. in Twig,

<a href="{{ path('blog_show'}}">
  Read this blog post.

So later on when I port my pages to Symfony, I will have to change only routing file so that I could use same blog_show key to refer to url and I wont’ have to change all the files where I have used urls.

How to&Answers:

You can do this by using one of the Symfony framework controllers although I’m not sure how this would work with parameters:

    path: /blog/{slug}
        _controller: FrameworkBundle:Redirect:urlRedirect
        path: "http://example.com/blog"
        permanent: true

Note that path: /blog/{slug} grabs the slug directly, but path: "http://example.com/blog/{slug}" doesn’t work.

Source: http://symfony.com/doc/current/cookbook/routing/redirect_in_config.html


As of Symfony 2.2 this is possible by adding the host constraint to the routes:


  path: /path/to/whatever
  host: "sub.domain.ext"
    _controller: forExampleAnyNamespaceBundle:Controller:action

There’s an official blog post on this issue: http://symfony.com/blog/new-in-symfony-2-2-url-host-support-in-the-routing


The router feature of Symfony doesn’t work that way…

I suggest you create a Twig extension for this. Read more about this here:

You could create a function that works very similar to the regular url() function, so you can migrate as easily as possible.

{{ legacyUrl('blog_post', {slug: 'my-blog-post'}) }}

After you migrated the blog to Symfony, all you need to do is create a route called “blog_post” and change “legacyUrl” to “url”.


Seems there is no native Symfony way to handle this problem.