Installing Yii2.0

We can install Yii in two ways, using Composer or downloading an archive file. The former is the preferred way as it allows you to install new extensions or update Yii by running a single command.

Step 1

Install via Composer(one time only)

The installer will download composer for you and set up your PATH environment variable so you can simply call composer from any directory.

Download and run Composer-Setup.exe – it will install the latest composer version whenever it is executed.

and run following command

php composer  global require "fxp/composer-asset-plugin:^1.2.0"


composer  global require "fxp/composer-asset-plugin:^1.2.0"

Now choose one of the application templates to start installing Yii 2.0. An application template is a package that contains a skeleton Web application written in Yii.

To install the basic application template, run the command below in the www folder of wamp server:

composer create-project yiisoft/yii2-app-basic yii2basic


php composer create-project yiisoft/yii2-app-basic yii2basic

Above commands will take 10-15 min for installation. please wait….

To install the advanced application template, run the command below:

composer create-project yiisoft/yii2-app-advanced advancedyii2


php composer create-project yiisoft/yii2-app-advanced advancedyii2

Above commands will take 10-15 min for installation. please wait….

Install from an Archive File

Download one of the following archive files, and then extract it to a Web-accessible(www folder of wamp):

  • Yii 2 with basic application template
  • Yii 2 with advanced application template

    important Installing from an Archive File

    Installing Yii from an archive file involves three steps:

    1. Download the archive file from
    2. Unpack the downloaded file to a Web-accessible folder.
    3. Modify the config/web.php file by entering a secret key for the cookieValidationKey configuration item (this is done automatically if you are installing Yii using Composer):
      // !!! insert a secret key in the following (if it is empty) - this is required by cookie validation
      'cookieValidationKey' => 'enter your secret key here',


      Verifying the Installation

      After installation is done, either configure your web server (see next section) or use the built-in PHP web server by running the following console command from  the project  directory:

      php yii serve

      Note: By default the HTTP-server will listen to port 8080. However if that port is already in use or you wish to serve multiple applications this way, you might want to specify what port to use. Just add the –port argument:

      //if you want to change the default port otherwise leave it
      php yii serve --port=<portnumber>
      php yii serve --port=8080

      You can use your browser to access the installed Yii application with the following URL:



Yii2 Basic Applications Structure

The most important directories and files in your application are (assuming the application’s root directory is basic):

basic/                  application base path
    composer.json       used by Composer, describes package information
    config/             contains application and other configurations
        console.php     the console application configuration
        web.php         the Web application configuration
    commands/           contains console command classes
    controllers/        contains controller classes
    models/             contains model classes
    runtime/            contains files generated by Yii during runtime, such as logs and cache files
    vendor/             contains the installed Composer packages, including the Yii framework itself
    views/              contains view files
    web/                application Web root, contains Web accessible files
        assets/         contains published asset files (javascript and css) by Yii
        index.php       the entry (or bootstrap) script for the application
    yii                 the Yii console command execution script


How to call webservice from kotlin in android

Step 1:

  1. create new application on Android Studio 3.0
  2. Create GUI  textView, button and progress bar
  3. Add some external library
  4. create kotlin data class
  5. define your webservice url in MainActivity.kt
  6. add internet uses permission your mainfest.xml file


package com.iotwebplanet.learn.myapplication1

import android.os.Bundle
import android.util.Base64
import android.view.Menu
import android.view.MenuItem
import android.view.View
import android.widget.Button
import android.widget.TextView
import android.os.StrictMode
import android.widget.ProgressBar
import com.beust.klaxon.*
import com.github.salomonbrys.kotson.fromJson

class MainActivity : AppCompatActivity() {

    public fun parse(name: String):Unit {
        val cls =
        cls.getResourceAsStream(name)?.let { inputStream ->
            return (Parser().parse(inputStream) as Unit?)!!
    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {

        //Thread policy for internet access
        val SDK_INT = android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK_INT
        if (SDK_INT > 8) {
            val policy = StrictMode.ThreadPolicy.Builder()

        val toolbar = findViewById( as Toolbar

//kotlin typecasting of view

        val button=findViewById( as Button
        var tv=findViewById( as TextView
        val progress_bar=findViewById( as ProgressBar

//on button click event

            progress_bar.visibility = View.VISIBLE

// Kotlin + HttpURLConnection

            val connection = URL("").openConnection() as HttpURLConnection
            val text = connection.inputStream.use { it.reader().use { reader -> reader.readText() } }

//suppose sample data from http get calls

            println(text)   //sample data output
            //setting text in txt view for demo.

//optional block
//response to pojo work . following statement may be different in your case plz do as per your data
            val gson = Gson()        //gson object
            val list1 = gson.fromJson<List<Product>>(text) //convert/store response data to kotlin data class Product

println("Saved Data "+list1.size)   //how much data saved
            val s=list1.size;   //size of collection
//printing saved data in pojo class
            for (i in 0..s-1) {
                //printing list from loop
                println("Products Data : $list1.get(i).sku $list1.get(i).position $list1.get(i).category_id")

// end of optional block

            progress_bar.visibility = View.GONE;  //hide progress bar

        })   //end of button event


    //optional code not related to tutorial
    override fun onCreateOptionsMenu(menu: Menu): Boolean {
        // Inflate the menu; this adds items to the action bar if it is present.
        menuInflater.inflate(, menu)
        return true

    override fun onOptionsItemSelected(item: MenuItem): Boolean {
        // Handle action bar item clicks here. The action bar will
        // automatically handle clicks on the Home/Up button, so long
        // as you specify a parent activity in AndroidManifest.xml.
        val id = item.itemId

        if (id == {
            return true

        return super.onOptionsItemSelected(item)


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android=""
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"></uses-permission>

    <application android:allowBackup="true" android:icon="@mipmap/ic_launcher"
        android:label="@string/app_name" android:roundIcon="@mipmap/ic_launcher_round"
        android:supportsRtl="true" android:theme="@style/AppTheme">
        <activity android:name=".MainActivity" android:label="@string/app_name"
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />


Product.kt .  data class(optional)

package com.iotwebplanet.learn.myapplication1
 * Created by developer on 10/06/17.
data class Product(val sku: String, val position: Int, var category_id: Int)

Important to add in Build.Gradle(Module:app)

compile 'com.beust:klaxon:0.30'
compile 'com.github.salomonbrys.kotson:kotson:2.5.0'


Good bye findViewById() use Kotlin Android Extensions

Hi Developers as we always juggle with findViewById() in Android activity class . Some time we forget to typecast xml into Kotlin or java . So good news for Kotlin android developer.

Kotlin Android Extensions

Kotlin Android Extensions are another Kotlin plugin that is included in the regular one, and that will allow to recover/find views from Fragments, Activities,   and Views in an effective  way.

see how easy it is ….

Step 1.

Add Kotlin Android Extensions in Gradle (Project)

apply plugin: ''
apply plugin: 'kotlin-android'
apply plugin: 'kotlin-android-extensions' //this the main plugin

And that’s all you need to sync your gradle. You’re now ready to start working with it.


Recovering/find views in an Activity or Fragment

import your xml layout like below code in activity . here my activity xml file name is activity_main it would be different in your case. so add it in your activitity.


The code that the plugin generates is able to store a view cache, so if you ask the view again, this won’t require another findViewById.

Simple Call Xml View by name .


Here textView is my text view component inside xml.