CakePHP GraphViz Models

I have completely and totally rewritten my old script that generates a graph of CakePHP models and their relationships.  Instead of pasting the code in here, I pushed all of its development to GitHub where it now enjoys a new repository.  Please have a look, try it out, and let me know if it does or doesn’t work for you.

The major changes in this version are:

  • Rewritten as CakePHP Shell instead of being a standalone madness script.
  • Got rid of all dot markup. Utilized Image_GraphViz PEAR package instead.
  • Added support for old and new CakePHP versions (1.2, 1.3, and 2.0).
  • Added option for using only real models (via className property of the relationship) or sticking with the old behavior.
  • Added a bunch of options for tweaking GraphViz output.  And now it’s obvious where to edit them, in case you need more.
  • Improved the styling of the graph a bit – fonts and colors.
  • Improved documentation.

As a side effect improvement, now that it is a native CakePHP Shell, it’s trivial to add to your project build process.

3 thoughts on “CakePHP GraphViz Models”

    1. First of all, you need to install Image/Graphviz package from PEAR.
      Secondly, check that commands ‘dot’ and ‘neato’ are in your path. Both of these belong to Graphviz.

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