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Symfony Vs Laravel: The Debate Is Over Now

Symfony vs Laravel, know which one is the best

app development published date 6th August, 2018 Akash Singh Chauhan

Laravel and symfony

When it comes to the development of a website in the limited time the developers, look out for the PHP frameworks. These tools are around here for a long time to ease the work of developers. You will find a number tools that helps in developing a website by saving time on repetitive actions. When it comes to PHP tools, Symfony and Laravel are the two best tools that are preferred by the experienced developers. However, choosing between these two is the toughest call for the developers. In order to reach a decision, we need to go through the Symfony Vs. Laravel debate considering what each has to offer.

However, before jumping to the battle between among these best PHP framework here are the benefits of using a framework at first place.

  • Speeds up the development

  • Provides various organized and reusable codes

  • Helps in the scalability of the applications

  • Provides the presentation and logic separately under MVC

Basic Information about Symfony Vs Laravel

Parameters Symfony Laravel
Launch Year 2011 2011
Latest Version 4.1 5.6
Number of Packages 7,500 16,900
Long Term Support
Number of Open Source Projects 25,300 76,200
Stars on Github
Number of Questions at StackOverflow 51,500 67,900
Number of Github Contributors 1,682 449

Similarities: Symfony vs Laravel

Parameters Symfony Laravel
Language PHP PHP
Patterns Factory, Composite, QueryBuilder, Flyweight, Observer, Dependency Injection, Data Mapper Builder, Factory, Repository, Strategy, Provider, Facade, ActiveRecord, Dependency Injection
Multi Language
HTML Templating Twig Blade
Full Text Search
Installation via Composer
Revision Control
Machine Code Generation

Now, Symfony vs Laravel

The Programming language

The language on which the tool is based upon plays a very important role while using it. You may be thinking that Symfony and Laravel use PHP, so both of them have the same programming language. However, there is a slight change in both regarding the programming language. Symfony uses the common PHP language, that means it's written only on the universal code that could be modified using the syntax. Every language comes with some methods and traits that need to use in the programming and so does PHP. Laravel uses these traits and methods as it is written using the universal codes of PHP. This makes the codes smaller without any repetitive lines, easier to understand and simply useable by the developers.

Database Access

Both the framework uses the different approach to access the data while building the web app. Where Symfony uses Doctrine, Laravel goes for Eloquent. Now, there are two things to look for, one is the migration and the other is data access in these frameworks.


As Symfony uses the Doctrine, the migration will take place automatically all you need to do is define the model. However, in Eloquent you need to do the migration manually, but there is no need to define the field in the model. So here I think that the game has gone for a draw.

Data Access

Symfony uses the Doctrine, so you need to create the repositories every time you want the app to access data, this could lead to a large and complicated repositories. However, the work in Eloquent is easy and fluid as it uses the SQL functions for most of the actions, so you need to have a basic SQL knowledge. Using Eloquent is better as in Doctrine most of the time your function will end up as an error, however, Eloquent even parse the most meaningless request into some accessible SQL function that saves your time and effort.


When it comes to crafting the codes in PHP frameworks, Symfony is considered as the best as it contains various reusable codes and offers modularity. Both Symfony and Laravel are based on MVC architect to construct the codes for web applications. But, Symfony is better for the complex and big projects as developers can use various components in a single project via modular style. Symfony and Laravel both are template engine where Symfony has Twig and Blade is for Laravel. Blade is better than Twig as it has code reusability, you aren't required to write the same function twice in Blade, unlike Twig.

The Core

Another similarity that you will spot between Symfony and Laravel is the core, both the PHP frameworks are built on the top of the libraries. Both the frameworks call the libraries named “Symfony components,” but that doesn't mean that these are totally identical. Where Symfony call its libraries directly, Laravel adds its own elements, patching issue, and functionality to the components that might be missing in the Symfony components. So here I think the points goes in the bag of both the frameworks.

Performance & Scalability

Talking about the performance of these frameworks we need to have a look at the output of the each tool in terms of loading speed of the page. We have known that Laravel and Symfony both caching the views, however, Symfony also caching the source code. But, the Laravel is made using the Symfony, that’s the improvement. The average loading time for the websites on Larval is found to be 60 milliseconds where Symfony is 250 milliseconds.

Symfony Vs Laravel Wrapping up

The numbers above has already proven that Larval is better than Symfony on more points. Laravel is suitable for large projects that you need to finish under a shorter timeline with effective results. However, Symfony is best for the more complicated and time taking web application projects.

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Akash Singh Chauhan

Akash Singh Chauhan

Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.

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