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php – Symfony 2: Disable Doctrine event listener in ContainerAwareCommand

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I am using several Doctrine listeners registered in configuration file for some automatic updates (created_on, updated_on timestamps etc.).
Currently I have implemented additional functionality that requires stashing prepared values in the database for easier searching.

I am thinking about update Symfony command that would prepare these values instead of SQL update script (actually any sort of change or update in the way the value is crated would than require just running this single command). However this would also trigger the EventListeners mentioned earlier.

Is there a way how to disable particular EventLister for single Command?

How to&Answers:

something like this should do the trick :

$searchedListener = null;
$em = $this->getDoctrine()->getManager();
foreach ($em->getEventManager()->getListeners() as $event => $listeners) {
    foreach ($listeners as $key => $listener) {
        if ($listener instanceof ListenerClassYouLookFor) {
            $searchedListener = $listener;
            break 2;
if ($searchedListener) {
    $evm = $em->getEventManager();
    $evm->removeEventListener(array('onFlush'), $searchedListener);
else { //listener not found



It make more sense to wrap the logic inside Doctrine listener around a:

if ($this->enabled) {

So everyone can understand that the logic can be disabled or not.

You could use a parameter to enable or not the code (see http://symfony.com/doc/current/service_container/parameters.html).

my_doctrine_listener_enabled: true

You set it to false in your command:

$container->setParameter('my_doctrine_listener_enabled', false);

Since the parameter is modified at runtime, I recommend you to not use it via DIC but via


Or another approach, could be:

  1. Create variable “enabled” inside Doctrine listener
  2. Inject Doctrine listener in command
  3. Set $this->myListener->enabled = false


In services.yaml I have my listener defined this way:

            - { name: doctrine.event_listener, event: postUpdate }

To my listener class I added private variable $enabled with condition to stop execution:

class DoctrinePostUpdateListener
    private $enabled = true;    

    public function postUpdate(LifecycleEventArgs $args) 
        if ($this->enabled === false) { //stop execution

        .. your code to execute ..


    public function setEnabled(bool $enabled)
        $this->enabled = $enabled;


and then in my service/controller code where I don’t want to execute this listener I just set this $enable variable to false:

    $listeners = $this->em->getEventManager()->getListeners('postUpdate');
    foreach ($listeners as $key => $listener) {
        if ($listener instanceof DoctrinePostUpdateListener) {