Command Line Dispatcher (Symfony)

It is possible to run some TYPO3 CMS scripts from the command line. This makes it possible - for example - to set up cronjobs.

TYPO3 uses Symfony commands to provide an easy to use, well-documented API for writing CLI (command line interface) commands.

Creating a new Symfony Command in Your Extension

  1. Add Configuration/Commands.php to your extension

    TYPO3 looks in this file for configured commands. It should return a simple array with the command name and class.

    For example to add a command named yourext:dothings:

    return [
        'yourext:dothings' => [
            'class' => \Vendor\Extension\Command\DoThingsCommand::class

    By default, the command can be used in the scheduler too. You can deactivate this by setting schedulable to false:

    return [
        'yourext:dothings' => [
            'class' => \Vendor\Extension\Command\DoThingsCommand::class,
            'schedulable' => false,
  2. Create the corresponding class file: Classes/Command/DoThingsCommand.php

    Symfony commands should extend the class Symfony\Component\Console\Command\Command.

    The command should implement at least a configure and an execute method.

    configure() as the name would suggest allows to configure the command. Via configure(), a description or a help text can be added, or mandatory and optional arguments and parameters defined.

    A simple example can be found in the ListSysLogCommand:

     * Configure the command by defining the name, options and arguments
    protected function configure()
        $this->setDescription('Show entries from the sys_log database table of the last 24 hours.');
        $this->setHelp('Prints a list of recent sys_log entries.' . LF . 'If you want to get more detailed information, use the --verbose option.');

    execute() contains the logic you want to execute when executing the command.

See also

A detailed description and an example can be found in the Symfony Command Documentation.

Running the Command From the Command Line

The above example can be run via command line:

bin/typo3 yourext:dothings

Running the Command From the Scheduler

By default, it is possible to run the command from the TYPO3 scheduler as well if (schedulable is not set to false).

In the backend: SYSTEM > Scheduler