Laravel VS Yii2

Compare Laravel vs Yii2 and see what are their differences.


Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. We’ve already laid the foundation for your next big idea — freeing you to create without sweating the small things. (by laravel)


Yii 2: The Fast, Secure and Professional PHP Framework (by yiisoft)
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Laravel Yii2
315 30
73,564 14,085
0.8% 0.1%
9.2 9.4
4 days ago 7 days ago
MIT License BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Laravel. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-21.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Yii2. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-04-12.
  • 🔥 Yii Database abstraction release
    8 projects | | 12 Apr 2023
  • Creating an application # 5 - install using sub directory
    2 projects | | 14 Jan 2023
    In Yii Framework we have a middleware that will allow us to access our applications without the need to point the web server to the public directory of each template, so we will use the middleware SubFolder::class.
  • Slim, possívelmente o framework ideal para quem vem do Golang
    14 projects | | 14 Jan 2023
  • Assets #2 - installation
    5 projects | | 13 Jan 2023
    asset-packagist: This is the traditional Yii2 way, here we will add the following to our composer.json.
  • Assets #1 - definitions
    5 projects | | 13 Jan 2023
    It is often preferable to manage Yii Assets programmatically. For example, when you use the widget in a page, it will automatically include the required css and javascript files, instead of asking you to manually find these files and include them. And when you upgrade the widget to a new version, it will automatically use the new version of the Yii Assets. In this tutorial, we will describe the powerful Yii Assets management capability provided in Yii Framework .
  • Creating an application #2 - the concept of configuration
    2 projects | | 13 Jan 2023
    As we can see in the example above, we have defined the configuration of our packages in files .php (it doesn’t matter if they are YiiFramework packages or not), this allows us to define the configuration of each component in a very simple way to understand.
  • Templates available in Yii3.
    11 projects | | 11 Jan 2023
    Now if we want to create an extension, under the code standard used in the Yii Framework v.3 packages, we can use yiisoft/template, provides us the tools necessary for our code to comply with good coding standards they are:
  • Creating an application in Yii3 - part 3 the container di.
    5 projects | | 6 Jan 2023
    Now we understand how to do any configuration of any YiiFramework package or external, it is not necessary to have a single long and complex configuration file, we can organize it according to the group of configurations and Yii config will do the work for you, as well as the container it applies the definitions for you, with the automatic wiring facility in controllers, which makes it easy to access any container dependency without the need to use static access to it, or depend on the container itself.
  • Creating an application in Yii3.
    4 projects | | 5 Jan 2023
    YiiFramework it has a powerful tool to make configurations easier, when configuring the container di, we present Yii Config, your solution for building configurations.
  • best php-based cms/tech choice
    16 projects | | 28 Dec 2022
    For all CMSs I think you will find advantages and disadvantages (there is also a german website collecting CMS, or you will even find CMS projects on Symfony CMS page but even unmaintained projects are listed there), I think it is good to be always open for all technologies and use the correct choice what is best matches how your team is working on the project. So you maybe want first decide if you want to go into a Framework based CMS or stay with a Traditional CMS or even want to use a Headless based CMS and there for self hosted or SaaS. There are Flat Filesystem based CMS which you maybe want to give a try. There are even a lot of small CMS systems around, sure there is always a risk of that such systems get abandoned if not backed by some company. Also none free systems like CraftCMS (Yii 2 Framework based) and Ibexa EzPlatform and co exists. You also will find Data management tools like PimCore, which are not focus on CMS but are listed as CMS alternative, or find Plugin Extension for shop systems like Magento or Sylius. They have its limits but can solve small content management problems.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Laravel and Yii2 you can also consider the following projects:

Spiral Framework - High-Performance PHP Framework

Gin - Gin is a HTTP web framework written in Go (Golang). It features a Martini-like API with much better performance -- up to 40 times faster. If you need smashing performance, get yourself some Gin.

Slim Framework - Slim is a PHP micro framework that helps you quickly write simple yet powerful web applications and APIs.

CodeIgniter - Open Source PHP Framework (originally from EllisLab)

Slim - Slim Framework 4 Skeleton Application

Phalcon - High performance, full-stack PHP framework delivered as a C extension.

Ubiquity - Ubiquity framework

Symfony - The Symfony PHP framework

Flask - The Python micro framework for building web applications.

Nette - 📖 The Nette documentation