The smartest way to Doctrine definitions

Use powerful visual editor to import, edit and export Doctrine definitions.

Work faster and avoid all mistypes or errors.

  • Entity
  • Bundle
  • Project
Skipper diagram - entity Skipper diagram - bundle Skipper diagram - project

1.Visually edit your project model.

  • YML
        disabled: true
        alias: created_at
        type: timestamp
        format: Y-m-d H:i:s
        alias: updated_at
        type: timestamp
  tableName: ecommerce_order
    charset: utf8
    collate: utf8_unicode_ci
      primary: true
      type: integer(4)
      notnull: true
      autoincrement: true
      unsigned: true
      type: integer(4)
      type: integer(4)
      type: integer(4)
      unique: true
      type: integer(4)
      type: timestamp
      past: true
      date: true
      type: string
      type: string
      onDelete: CASCADE
      local: ecommerce_order_state_id
      foreign: id
      local: contact_id
      foreign: id
      class: Address
      local: delivery_address_id
      foreign: id
      class: Address
      local: billing_address_id
      foreign: id

2.Export it to complete definition files.

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Why use Skipper

Simple Project import

Smart import wizard allows you to import any of your Doctrine projects just in a few seconds. Created visual model lets you discover all objects and logic among them.

Skipper file menu Skipper Doctrine import wizard Skipper Doctrine import wizard - definition files Skipper imported Doctrine project

Definitions exported by one click

Export your project into Doctrine ORM definitions any time you need. Standardized output is completely ready-to-use, you don't need to edit or add anything.

Skipper Doctrine export settings Skipper Doctrine export results Doctrine definitions exported by Skipper

Editing in visual interface

Create and edit all objects visually via smart dialogs and wizards. All changes in model evoke appropriate changes in exported Doctrine definition files.

Skipper entity editor for Doctrine Skipper bundle editor for Doctrine Skipper Association editor for Doctrine

Lower need of Doctrine skills

Value advisors, validators and assistants, definitions generated via standardized templates. Don't worry about Doctrine syntax and keywords anymore.

Skipper Doctrine property editor - actAs behaviors Skipper Doctrine property editor - behaviors, attributes Skipper editing Doctrine fields

See all the features

Support for all Doctrine features

Supported formats

Skipper supports Doctrine native YAML format. Definitions are exported in standardized format compliant with Doctrine coding conventions.

Skipper Doctrine yml export result

Entities and modules

Create new or edit existing entity and change its fields and ORM properties. For better orientation in your Doctrine project, organize entities into colorful modules and regions.

Skipper diagram of Doctrine entities and associations Editing Doctrine fields, associations and inheritance in Skipper Skipper visual model of Doctrine project


Connect entities by one to one, one to many and many to many associations. Define owner and inverse entity or MN entity and aliases. Smart wizards will help you create Doctrine associations in no time.

Skipper Doctrine Many-to-Many wizard Skipper Doctrine Association wizard Skipper Doctrine Many-to-Many editor Skipper Doctrine Association editor


Create and edit Doctrine inheritance via intuitive dialog simply and quickly. Choose base and derived entity, set up inheritance type and define inheritance discriminators.

Skipper Doctrine inheritance wizard Skipper Doctrine inheritance editor


With Skipper you can create indexes by a few clicks. In user-friendly visual interface define all needed indexes and choose fields indexed by them.

Skipper Doctrine index editor

ORM Properties

You can edit any of your model properties directly in visual model. Skipper offers unique Property Editor where any value can be modified.

Skipper Doctrine property editor - actAs behaviors Skipper Doctrine property editor - actAs timestampable Skipper Doctrine property editor - selecting behaviors


You can customize configurations for your Doctrine project. Define your own datatypes, custom properties, add new behaviors or change existing properties.

Support for MVC frameworks

No matter, which MVC framework you use, whether it is Symfony, Zend or any other. Definition files generated by Skipper have support for any existing MVC framework.

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It is faster and gives less errors to have Skipper create the mapping code instead of writing it myself. Later in the development process I often use the Skipper diagram as a quick reference.

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Detailed list of supported Doctrine ORM features

Skipper model properties

Object Property
Project name, storage path, description
Module name, namespace, description, external plugin storage, export path and format
Entity name, namespace, description
Field name, type, size, required, unique, primary key, auto increment, default value, enum values, description
Association owner/inverse entity, reference fields, owner/inverse alias, association type (one-to-one, one-to-many), parent requirement, description
Many to Many mn entity, owner/inverse entity, reference fields, owner/inverse alias, description
Inheritance base/derived entity, inheritance type, discriminator value/field, description
Index name, unique, indexed fields, description

Doctrine ORM model properties

Object Property
Project -
Module actAs (behaviors), options (charset, collate, type), connection, detect_relations,entity_prefix
Entity actAs (behaviors), tableName,attributes (export), options (charset, collate, type)
Field scale, email, notblank ,nospace, past, future, minlength, country, ip, htmlcolor, range, regexp, creditcard, date, readonly , unsigned , usstate, fixed, collation
Association onDelete, onUpdate, orderBy, side-owning(type, cascade), side-inverse (type, casdcade)
Many to Many onDelete, onUpdate
Inheritance -
Index type, index-field (sorting, length)

Doctrine ORM behaviors support

  • Versionable
  • Timestampable
  • Sluggable
  • I18n
  • NestedSet
  • Searchable
  • Geographical
  • Taggable
  • SoftDelete
  • EventLoggable
  • GoogleI18n
  • Sortable
  • Blameable

Doctrine ORM datatypes support

  • boolean
  • integer
  • float
  • decimal
  • string
  • array
  • object
  • blob
  • clob
  • timestamp
  • date
  • time
  • enum
  • gzip

Doctrine ORM inheritance support

  • Simple
  • Concrete
  • Column Aggregation

Doctrine ORM model import / export formats

  • YAML (YML) definitions

Doctrine ORM associations support

  • Doctrine One to one (one-to-one)
  • Doctrine One to many (one-to-many)
  • Doctrine Many to one (many-to-one)
  • Doctrine Many to many (many-to-many)