Symfony: Using the current user object with a form

Recently I’ve been working with Symfony, a powerful and popular PHP framework. I’ve been running into my fair share of problems with the framework, a lot of which stems from lack of content/documentation for Symfony 2.x, so I’ve decided to start writing some blog posts about it.

For the application I’ve been developing (For one of my clients over at Spark Creek), I’ve had to create an edit profile page. Using Symfony’s form builder, I created my own form class but wanted to use the current user object instead of creating a dummy model. The problem I was running into was that whenever I tried changing my email address to one already in use, it would show me an error but it would switch by user account to the user with the email address I entered.

After a bit of research, I discovered that the current user object was being re-saved to the session, and since forms bind data to the entity/model even if it’s invalid, the new email was getting saved. Not to the database, just to the session. A bit more research lead me to a simple fix, if the form validation failed, call refresh() from the Doctrine entity manager. This function restores an entity to it’s original state (From the database). Example below:


 * This file is part of the ------- application.
 * (c) Brandon Wamboldt <[email protected]>
 * For the full copyright and license information, please view the LICENSE
 * file that was distributed with this source code.

namespace App\UserBundle\Controller;

use Symfony\Bundle\FrameworkBundle\Controller\Controller;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\RedirectResponse;
use App\UserBundle\Form\Type\EditProfileType;

 * Controller for user profile pages like view profile, edit profile and change
 * password
 * @author Brandon Wamboldt <[email protected]>
class ProfileController extends Controller
     * Controller for editing the user's profile page
     * @param  Request $request An HTTP foundation request object
     * @return Response An HTTP foundation response object
     * @access public
    public function editAction(Request $request)
        $user = $this->get('security.context')->getToken()->getUser();

        // Create a new edit profile form
        $form = $this->createForm(new EditProfileType(), $user, ['user' => $user]);

        // Was the form submitted?
        if ($request->getMethod() == 'POST') {

            if ($form->isValid()) {

                // Save the user
                $em = $this->getDoctrine()->getManager();

                // Redirect the user
                $this->get('session')->setFlash('notice', 'Your profile has been updated');
                return new RedirectResponse($this->generateUrl('my_profile'));
            } else {

                // Reset to default values or else it will get saved to the session
                $em = $this->getDoctrine()->getManager();

        return $this->render(
            ['user' => $user, 'form' => $form->createView()]

5 Replies to “Symfony: Using the current user object with a form”

  1. I have a similar problem like this. Check this link . By following your(this) post i use $em->refresh($user); It worked only for the default entity items. I extended the entity to myBundle (Here image on OneToOne Relation).

    The image in session changes, while form error, but not form values in session. I hope you can help me on this.

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    to ask. Does running a well-established website such as yours take a lot of work?
    I’m brand new to blogging however I do write in my journal every day. I’d like to
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  4. wow, thanks this was the same problem i was having. symfony docs arent that great!!

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