Symfony 2021 Year in Review

2021 was an incredibly hard year for many people and companies. The Symfony
community was no exception and our thoughts are with all of you who suffered
because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, thanks to your help and support,
there were some reasons for optimism throughout the year. This blog post highlights
the main Symfony achievements during 2021.

Releases

We released three new major versions: Symfony 5.3
in May and Symfony 5.4 (LTS) and
Symfony 6.0 in November. We
also published 63 maintenance versions in seven different branches (3.4, 4.4,
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 and 6.0).

In addition, we published 248 blog posts,
including 43 New in Symfony articles
explaining the new features introduced by Symfony 5.3, 5.4 and 6.0.

Events and Conferences

We organized six online conferences in five different languages:

SymfonyLive Online 2021 in Polish on March 12 2021
SymfonyLive Online 2021 in French on April 9 2021
SymfonyLive Online 2021 in German on April 16 2021
SymfonyLive Online 2021 in Spanish on May 7 2021
SymfonyWorld Online 2021 Summer Edition in English on June 17-18 2021
SymfonyWorld Online 2021 Winter Edition in English on December 9-10 2021

Read the Symfony Conferences 2021 recap
for more details.

In 2022 we plan to organize at least these conferences:

SymfonyLive Paris 2022 on April 7-8;
a physical conference for French-speaking developers;
SymfonyWorld Online 2022 Summer Edition
on June 16-17; an online conference in English.

You can already send your Call For Paper proposals and buy your tickets for these
conferences. Stay tuned for more announcements about other upcoming conferences.

Symfony Core Team

The Symfony Core Team
is the group of developers that determine the direction and evolution of the
Symfony project.

In 2021, Symfony appointed five new members to the group:

Oskar Stark,
Thomas Calvet,
Mathieu Santostefano,
Kevin Bond,
Jérôme Tamarelle.

Symfony Components

Symfony components surpassed 10 billion downloads in 2021 (500 million in 2016,
1 billion in 2017, 3 billions in 2019 and 6 billions in 2020) and our
pseudo-real time download stats
show around 12 million downloads per day.

In 2021 we released three new components:

PasswordHasher
Runtime
HtmlSanitizer

Security

We published five security advisories.
Thanks to the Symfony Security Team for their coordination work and thanks to
all developers who reported and fixed those vulnerabilities.

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Contributors

According to GitHub contribution stats
these were the most active contributors in 2021 in the main Symfony repositories:

Symfony Code

Nicolas Grekas: 556 commits
Alexander M. Turek: 307 commits
Fabien Potencier: 284 commits
Christian Flothmann: 132 commits
Robin Chalas: 112 commits

Symfony Docs

Javier Eguiluz: 342 commits
gnito-org: 63 commits
Sebastian Paczkowski: 59 commits
Thomas Landauer: 52 commits
Tobias Nyholm: 41 commits

These are the stats for the two main Symfony repositories, but there are many
other contributors working on other repositories and there are many developers
working on third-party bundles too. Thanks to all of them!

Symfony Sponsorship Program

In September 2021 we announced a new Symfony Sponsorship Program
that allows companies to sponsor different parts of the Symfony project, such as
a full Symfony release or a Symfony component.

A few weeks later we announced another
Symfony Sponsoring Program for SaaS Providers
that allows SaaS companies like Amazon, Slack and Twilio to sponsor the packages
that integrate their services into Symfony.

Many companies have already joined the program. Talk to your company about this
and, if you are interested, contact us
to learn more about the program.

Other Relevant News

We appointed five new members to the CARE Team
which is in charge of enforcing the Symfony Code of Conduct on all official channels
(conferences, websites, GitHub, Slack chat, etc.);
We updated the Symfony Book to Symfony 5.2 version
and we published new translations for it
(13 in total);
We tested the use of GitHub Discussions for Symfony Support;
We improved Symfony Flex
to open source it and to turn it into a serverless application based on GitHub;
We redesigned Symfony Docs website;
We released Symfony UX 2.0 & Stimulus 3 Support;
We launched Symfony Demo 2.0 with Symfony 6.0 support;
We introduced a new feature to automatically create, manage and run the Docker containers
in Symfony applications.

Thank You

Despite the continuous challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a good
year for Symfony. All this wouldn’t be possible without your continuous support.
Thanks for being part of the Symfony community and stay safe!

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