What's New in PHPMaker 2021

PHPMaker 2021 is another huge upgrade from previous version. It is loaded with a bunch of new features, including many frequently requested ones. PHPMaker is probably the most powerful and flexible product of its kind, and yet still easy-to-use as always.

IMPORTANT If you upgrade from previous versions, please note that there are some breaking changes in this version, make sure you read Migrating to v2021 first.



PHPMaker 2021 generated applications now use Slim Framework. Slim is a PHP micro framework that helps you quickly write simple yet powerful web applications and APIs. Web servers should be configured to sends all appropriate requests to one "front-controller" PHP file, the index.php, in which the Slim app is instantiated. The Slim app contains routes that respond to specific HTTP requests. Each page in previous versons (e.g. /carsview.php?ID=1) is now a route (e.g. /carsview/1 or /cars/view/1). Each route invokes a callback and must return PSR-7 Response object. With Slim app you can use not only routing but also other advanced features such as middleware and dependency container.

Enhanced Validation

  • Validate all fields before submit
  • Show invalid feedback below the fields
  • Focus the first invalid field
  • Work with server side validation


Field Input Help Text (Custom Message)

  • Set up in Edit Tag panel (support Multi-Language), or
  • Set up by server event as CustomMsg property of field objects


Enhanced Charts



Encrypted Connection with MySQL/PostgreSQL


Sharing Project with Other Users

  • Support GitHub (with encryption of GitHub URL, username and password)
  • Git Fetch/Pull/Push/Sync
  • Auto fetch
  • Show changes in status bar
  • Commit changes with message


Improved Custom Template

  • Faster rendering of Custom Template
  • Code Repository supports scripting for fast and complex Custom Template generation


Improved Select Tag

  • Replace HTML Select Element by Select2
  • Bootstrap 4 theme for Select2
  • Tagging with multiple selection
  • Option to require search
  • Search box for large result sets


Improved Dropdown for Radio/Checkbox Tag


Improved Toasts

AdminLTE Toasts Plugin (activated as a jQuery plugin) with different options and events.


Improved Alerts

  • Replace Bootstrap Modal alerts by SweetAlert2
  • Bootstrap 4 theme for SweetAlert2
  • Alert for export
  • Alert for session timout


Swagger UI for REST API


New Advanced Settings

  • Log SQL to file
  • Log error to file
  • Environment
  • Generate production config file
  • Compile container for production
  • Add novalidate attribute to form
  • Connection info of production server (JSON)
  • MySQL driver - mysqli or pdo_mysql
  • Sort option - Toggle or Tristate
  • Invalid user name characters
  • Invalid password characters
  • Use Bootstrap switch for boolean fields
  • API custom headers (for Apache/IIS)
  • Git repo URL
  • Git user name
  • Git password
  • Git auto fetch
  • Git auto fetch period (seconds)
  • Prompt for Git commit message


New Server Events

  • Route_Action - For adding user defined routes
  • Api_Action - For adding user defined API actions
  • Container_Build - For adding user defined services



  • Require PHP >= 7.2
  • PSR-12 coding standard
  • Load classes by PSR-4
  • Replace ADOdb by DBAL and PDO (Remove support for MS Access)
  • Logger for logging SQL and errors
  • Error handler and error page
  • Development/Production environment (for database connection info, SMTP and JWT settings)
  • User Level Security supports multiple user levels for each user
  • Save locale settings in project
  • New URL connection script to simulate direct connection
  • Handle SQLite INTEGER field with CHECKBOX Edit Tag as boolean field
  • Fixed header table extension supports user permission setup page
  • CAPTCHA extensions supports two CAPTCHAs (one in page, the other in modal dialog)
  • Allow user defined string functions for selecting in View Tag
  • Support accept and capture attributes for file upload fields
  • Clear sorting in List pages by Shift-Clicking table column header
  • Save state of AdminLTE Sidebar
  • Show version in project history
  • Searchbox for table (Database pane)
  • Searchbox for output files (Generate form)
  • Allow unloading loaded table (for "Load tables dynamically")
  • JavaScript compressor with ES6+ support
  • Moment, jQuery File Upload, TimePicker, dompdf, CKEditor and tinyMCE updated
  • Many other minor improvements


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