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How to convert Vertabelo XML file to Propel's schema.xml file

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If you are using Vertabelo for creating database models and you access your database with Propel library, you'll find the following instructions useful.


Vertabelo is an online, free tool for visual database design. Once you create a model of your database in Vertabelo, you can generate a Propel schema file from it. To do this you'll have to use VertabeloPropel, a PHP script which converts a Vertabelo XML file into Propel's schema.xml file. The script is available on GitHub.




VertabeloPropel uses Composer to manage project dependencies.


In your project directory create a file composer.json:


"require": {
"vertabelo/vertabelo-propel": "*"


Then run Composer install.


composer install


This will download VertabeloPropel into the vendor directory in your project directory. The script will be in vendor/bin/vertabelo-propel.php file or, for Windows, in vendor\bin\vertabelo-propel.php.bat.


Using VertabeloPropel script


1. Create a database model with Vertabelo.


2. Download the model as an XML file and save it in your project directory (use an option "Export model as XML file" from Vertabelo's tool bar).


3. Generate Propel's schema.xml file. If you want to use the default settings (input file model.xml, output file schema.xml, database name test, default id method native), run


in Windows




in Mac/Linux




If you want to change the defaults, run


in Windows

vendor\bin\vertabelo-propel.php.bat -i model.xml -o schema.xml /
  --database-name bookshop ---default-id-method native


in Mac/Linux

vendor/bin/vertabelo-propel.php -i model.xml -o schema.xml --database-name bookshop --default-id-method native


4. The script generates Propel's schema.xml file.


5. Proceed with your normal Propel application development (or see "How to develop a PHP+MySQL application with Propel and Vertabelo").


Script options


The script options are:


  • --input-file (shortcut -i) location of Vertabelo XML file (default value "model.xml")

  • --output-file (shortcut -o) location of output Propel schema.xml file (default value "schema.xml")

  • --database-name name of the database (default value "test")

  • --default-id-method database's defaultIdMethod. Allowed values are “native” or “none”, default value is "native".

  • --help prints the help message




The above information was originaly published on Vertabelo's blog.

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