How to generate Propel's schema.xml file from Vertabelo

krismatkrismat Poland
edited January 2015 in PHP

The following information will be very useful for those Propel users who are using Vertabelo (for whose who don't know what Vertabelo is: it's an online, free tool for visual database design).

If you use Propel, you can now generate a Propel schema file from a Vertabelo model. For this purpose, you 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.

How to use VertabeloPropel

Step 1. Create a database model with Vertabelo.

Step 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).

Step 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

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

Step 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
Sign In or Register to comment.

Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!