Deprecation: #85977 - Extbase CLI functionality, Command Controllers and @cli Annotation

See forge#85977


TYPO3 supports Symfony Console commands natively since TYPO3 v8. Since TYPO3 v9.0 it is possible to also register Symfony Console commands within scheduler, just like Extbase CommandControllers can be handled.

The main advantage of Symfony Console commands over Extbase Command Controllers is that they run very early in a CLI context, not needing a database connection or other restrictions. On top comes better alias handling, CLI argument and option handling.

As a trade-off, Extbase's ObjectManager and Configuration Handling and ORM is not available by default.

Since TYPO3 v9.4, it is possible to also register a Symfony Console command as "schedulable", to control the visibility of a certain Symfony Command in Scheduler, making the PHPDoc annotation @cli obsolete.


Using a CommandController via CLI will trigger a PHP E_USER_DEPRECATED error. All other PHP classes for Extbase's CLI functionality have been marked as deprecated, but will not trigger a PHP E_USER_DEPRECATED error.

Using @cli will also trigger a PHP E_USER_DEPRECATED error. After the annotation has been removed from your commands, they will appear in the list of executable commands in the scheduler module.

Affected Installations

All installations that make use of command controllers or methods tagged with @cli.


Migrate custom commands within CommandControllers as symfony commands as TYPO3 Core does. Use specific argument definitions on what parameters will be available.

See documentation and Console commands (CLI) for detailed descriptions on how to write Console Commands and how to integrate them into TYPO3.

Think twice whether you need all of Extbase's power of Dependency Injection (ObjectManager / ObjectContainer) and Domain Model / Repositories and ORM, or if native database queries will suit your task better.

If anything related to DataHandler and Backend permission handling is necessary, you should run Bootstrap::initializeBackendAuthentication();.