Galette source code

Galette is a free software licensed under GPL version 3 and written in PHP. Galette is only compatible with PHP 7.1 or more recent.


While developing, you may find useful to do a bit of debug

It is also possible to change some Galette behaviors (verbosity level, application mode, …).

The complete API documentation for Galette is available for reference.

Filesystem hierarchy

Here is a plan of Galette used directories and some explanations about them:

  • config: configuration files
  • data: directory to store data
    • attachments: files attached to emailings
    • cache: caching directory
    • exports: where CSV exports are stored
    • files: files attached to members with dynamic fields of type file
    • imports: where to place CSV files you want to import
    • logs: log files
    • photos: members photos, and logos
    • tempimages: temporary captcha images
    • templates_c: used to store Smarty compiled templates
  • docs
  • includes: libraries, functions and Galette instantiation
    • fields_def: definition of the fields for some objects. A huge fields definition in class cause performances issues…
    • routes: routes configuration for Slim
    • smarty_plugins: specific Smarty plugin for Translation
    • dependencies.php: dependencies configuration for Slim. This handle all routes ACLs
    • one of main Galette instantiation files
  • install: installation script
  • lang: translation files and scripts
  • lib: internal framework
    • Galette: Galette framework
      • Common: Galette\Commons classes
      • Core: Galette\Core classes
        • Authentication.php
        • CheckModules.php
      • Controllers: Controllers classes (since 0.9.4)
        • PdfController.php
        • CsvController.php
        • ImagesController.php
        • Crud: CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) controllers
          • MembersController.php
          • PaymentTypesController.php
  • plugins: directory to install plugins
  • templates: Smarty templates source code
    • default: default Galette theme

Writting Conventions

Galette source code must follow PSR2 writting conventions. To respect a writting convention make the source code more easy to read, the syntax is the same from a file to another.

You can use PHP Code Sniffer to your changed code in order to be sure coding rules are respected. Some warnings may be ignored, but errors must be all fixed. An example of phpcs:

$ phpcs --standard=PSR2 lib/Galette/Core/Authentication.php

FILE: .../galette/lib/Galette/Core/Authentication.php
 225 | ERROR | [x] Expected 0 spaces after opening bracket; 1 found
 225 | ERROR | [x] Expected 0 spaces before closing bracket; 1 found
 252 | ERROR | [x] Incorrect spacing between argument "$only_name"
     |       |     and equals sign; expected 1 but found 0
 252 | ERROR | [x] Incorrect spacing between default value and equals
     |       |     sign for argument "$only_name"; expected 1 but
     |       |     found 0

Time: 105ms; Memory: 6.75Mb

Galette is licensed under GPL version 3. Each PHP source file must contain the following mention (this example is from Galette Authentication class):


/* vim: set expandtab tabstop=4 shiftwidth=4 softtabstop=4: */

 * Abstract authentication class for galette
 * PHP version 5
 * Copyright © 2009-2011 The Galette Team
 * This file is part of Galette (
 * Galette is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
 * it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
 * the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
 * (at your option) any later version.
 * Galette is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
 * but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
 *  GNU General Public License for more details.
 * You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
 * along with Galette. If not, see <>.
 * @category  Authentication
 * @package   Galette
 * @author    Johan Cwiklinski <>
 * @copyright 2009-2011 The Galette Team
 * @license GPL License 3.0 or later
 * @version   SVN: $Id$
 * @link
 * @since     Available since 0.7dev - 2009-02-28

 * Abstract authentication class for galette
 * @category  Classes
 * @name      Authentication
 * @package   Galette
 * @author    Johan Cwiklinski <>
 * @copyright 2009-2011 The Galette Team
 * @license GPL License 3.0 or later
 * @link
 * @since     Available since 0.7dev - 2009-02-28
abstract class Authentication()
    * Main constructor
   public function __construct()
      //do something :)

If your php file is not a class, use the same model, but just remove the class declaration and docblock.

To help other developers to understand the code, we will try to document the code as well as possible.

Create a release

Releases are created against tags in the GIT repository. As an example to get an archive for Galette 0.9:

$ git archive --prefix=galette-0.9/ 0.9 | bzip2 > galette-0.9.tar.bz2

Note this archive will not embed external libraries (Smarty, Zend, tcpdf, …); you will have to add them to the galette-0.9.tar.bz2 file.

Here is the script used for Galette nightly build:

cd /path/to/galette/clone
git archive --prefix=galette-dev/ develop galette | bzip2 > /tmp/galette-dev.tar.bz2
cd /tmp
tar xjf galette-dev.tar.bz2 && rm -f galette-dev.tar.bz2
cd galette-dev/galette
echo -n "Installing deps..."
composer install --no-dev -o --quiet
echo " Done"
pushd vendor > /dev/null
# Cleanup vendors
echo -n "Cleaning deps..."
find ./ -name test -or -name tests -type d -exec rm -rf {} \; 2>1 > /dev/null
find ./ -name doc -or -name docs -type d -exec rm -rf {} \; 2>1 > /dev/null
find ./ -name example -or -name examples -type d -exec rm -rf {} \; 2>1 > /dev/null
pushd tecnickcom/tcpdf > /dev/null
cp -a fonts fonts.orig
rm -rf fonts/*
cp -a fonts.orig/dejavusans.* fonts/
cp -a fonts.orig/dejavusansb.* fonts/
cp -a fonts.orig/dejavusansbi.* fonts/
cp -a fonts.orig/dejavusansi.* fonts/
cp -a fonts.orig/dejavu-fonts-ttf-2.34 fonts/
cp -a fonts.orig/helvetica.php fonts/
cp -a fonts.orig/zapfdingbats.php fonts/
rm -rf fonts.orig
popd > /dev/null
echo " Done"
popd > /dev/null
echo -n "Compressing..."
tar cjf galette-dev.tar.bz2 galette-dev
echo " Done"

Finaly, archive may be signed (to check download integrity):

$ gpg --detach-sign --armor ./galette-0.9.tar.bz2