Using Jackrabbit

If you maintain a bigger website, it might make sense to use Jackrabbit instead of the doctrine-dbal implementation of Jackalope. Jackrabbit performs better in many cases, and as a bonus it also supports Versioning of content.


Use the following command to install the jackrabbit adapter:

composer require jackalope/jackalope-jackrabbit

In addition to the previous command you also have to make sure that Jackrabbit is running on your server.


Change the config/packages/sulu_document_manager.yaml file to something similar as below. Mind that it is recommended to pass the URL via an environment variable, which can e.g. be set in your .env file.

    env(JACKRABBIT_URL): 'http://localhost:8080/server/'

                type: jackrabbit
                url: "%env(JACKRABBIT_URL)%"
            workspace: "%env(PHPCR_WORKSPACE)%"
                type: jackrabbit
                url: "%env(JACKRABBIT_URL)%"
            workspace: "%env(PHPCR_WORKSPACE)%"


In order to migrate from doctrinedbal to jackrabbit you have to export your data before changing the configuration:

bin/adminconsole doctrine:phpcr:workspace:export -p /cmf cmf.xml
bin/websiteconsole doctrine:phpcr:workspace:export -p /cmf cmf_live.xml
bin/adminconsole doctrine:phpcr:workspace:export -p /jcr:versions jcr.xml

Then change the configuration as explained in the above Configuration section, and executed these commands to clear any previously existing data (first you should make sure that you really don’t need this data anymore).

bin/adminconsole doctrine:phpcr:node:remove /cmf
bin/websiteconsole doctrine:phpcr:node:remove /cmf
bin/adminconsole doctrine:phpcr:node:remove /jcr:versions

After that you can import the exported data from doctrinedbal into jackrabbit by running the following commands:

bin/adminconsole doctrine:phpcr:workspace:import -p / cmf.xml
bin/websiteconsole doctrine:phpcr:workspace:import -p / cmf_live.xml
bin/adminconsole doctrine:phpcr:workspace:import -p / jcr.xml