When it comes to choosing a framework for your website or for web development many developers prefer to choose PHP Frameworks for their projects. There are a lot of PHP Frameworks are present among the unique choices but Laravel and Symfony are unique and most popular among all. Developers seem to be choosing these frameworks mostly and frequently.

Now here comes a common question that we cannot use both at a time and we need to make choice between two of them and to work with one framework. Both frameworks can have pros and cons. And by keeping all these in mind developers select a proper framework for themselves.

Let’s Have an Individual Look Over Both Frameworks


  • Laravel launches in the year 2011.
  • Its current running version is 5.8
  • It has long term support
  • Its licenses are available free for commercial use.

Laravel is an open-source PHP framework and it is built especially for Model View Controller web applications. It offers tools for HTML templates, provides simple interaction with databases, provides tools for MVC applications, and many other services. For Laravel, you need to have an advance and heavy knowledge of core PHP and Advance PHP. For developing a simple PHP application Laravel is well known as it requires simple coding and reduces the time for development.


  • Symfony launches in the year 2011.
  • Its current running version is 4.2
  • It has long term support.
  • Its licenses are available free for commercial use.

Symfony is an enterprise-level PHP web application framework that comprises of latest technologies of the web. It consists of a set of a recyclable decoupled PHP Framework over which developers can develop some of the PHP apps. Symfony has been rising as the more trustable and mature framework. It is mainly used to develop large and complex projects for enterprises and corporates.

The similarity between Laravel and Symfony 

Both frameworks are from PHP so they comprise some similarities in them.

  1. Both support multi-user facilities and multi-language content.
  2. They both are considered as cross-platform in nature and as they use multi computing platforms.
  3. Both have extensions and built-in plugins in them.
  4. They are computer software that can be implemented on multi computing platforms as they are cross-platforms.
  5. Laravel and Symfony both are developed on MVC architecture.

Let’s Compare Between Their Pros and Cons

Pros of Laravel:

  • Laravel always stays updated with the new version of PHP Features.
  • It has additional tools that are store in a large echo system.
  • It has a high level of compatibility with third-party platforms and libraries.
  • Through API it allows different apps and popular email services to get integrated.

Pros of Symfony:

  • Symfony community is one of the biggest in the market, as a huge amount of developers are using it actively.
  • Symfony is used by well-known platforms like Magento, Drupal, so this framework is a good recommendation for these platforms.
  • To cope up with the needs of developers, Symfony is updating regularly to keep every little detail up-to-date.

Cons of Laravel:

  • For small screens, Laravel is not so suitable, as some applications that are built over this so they are heavier for faster loading.
  • The compatibility level for updates in Laravel is not so good, you can make it compatible with update all you need to break the code.

       Cons of Symfony:

  • Symfony is harder to learn as compare to other PHP Frameworks at the beginning.
  • Loading of some applications must be low, as it depends on other technologies. Origin elements are lack in Symfony.
  • It requires more time for testing and result, as we need to rebuild code for multiple uses, and due to this development process is low.

Here Is a Little Comparison at The End for Both Languages:

After reading this blog you can decide easily either Laravel or Symfony is best for your upcoming project.

Database support margin of both languages: both languages offer Object Relation Mapping for accessing data. Simpler data manipulation is offered by ORM in both of these frameworks.

Databases that are supported by either one or both of these languages:

  • MySql is supported by both of them.
  • Drizzle is supported by Symfony only.
  • They both support SQL Server.
  • Oracle and SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere are supported by Symfony only.
  • They both support SQL Lite.

If we keep database support of these languages, we can see that Symfony is supporting more databases rather than Laravel. So if you are going to work on a project that needs data handling or storage you should select Symfony Templet.

So when it comes over the reusability of components and modularity of code Symfony always wins over Laravel. It is depending upon you which Templet you are going to select for your project as both are from PHP and both have strong database support.

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