Upgrade Guide

API Platform 2.7/3.0

I Want to Try the New Metadata System

Note that if you want to use the new metadata system, you need to set:

# api/config/packages/api_platform.yaml
    metadata_backward_compatibility_layer: false

This will be the default value in 3.0, in 2.7 it's left to true so that nothing breaks by updating. By doing so you won't get access to legacy services and this will probably break things on code using api-platform/core:2.6.

I'm Migrating From 2.6 and Want to Prepare For 3.0

  1. Update the code to 2.7: composer require api-platform/core:^2.7
  2. Take care of the deprecations and update your code to the new interfaces, documented on this page
  3. Switch the metadata_backward_compatibility_layer flag to false
  4. Use the api:upgrade-resource command

Read more about the metadata_backward_compatibility_layer flag here.


Summary of the Changes Between 2.6 And 2.7/3.0

  • New Resource metadata allowing to declare multiple Resources on a class: ApiPlatform\Metadata\ApiResource
  • Clarification of some properties within the ApiResource declaration
  • Removal of item and collection differences on operation declaration
  • ApiPlatform\Core\DataProvider\...DataProviderInterface has a new interface ApiPlatform\State\ProviderInterface
  • ApiPlatform\Core\DataPersister\...DataPersisterInterface has a new interface ApiPlatform\State\ProcessorInterface
  • New ApiProperty metadata ApiPlatform\Metadata\ApiProperty
  • Configuration flag metadata_backward_compatibility_layer that allows the use of legacy metadata layers
  • ApiPlatform\Core\DataTransformer\DataTransformerInterface is deprecated and will be removed in 3.0
  • Subresources are now additional resources marked with an #[ApiResource] attribute (see the new subresource documentation)

The detailed changes are present in the CHANGELOG.

ApiResource Metadata

The ApiResource annotation has a new namespace: ApiPlatform\Metadata\ApiResource instead of ApiPlatform\Core\Annotation\ApiResource.

For example, the Book resource in 2.6:

// api/src/Entity/Book.php
namespace App\Entity;

use ApiPlatform\Core\Annotation\ApiResource;

    iri: 'https://schema.org/Book',
    itemOperations: [
        'post_publication' => [
            'method' => 'POST',
            'path' => '/books/{id}/publication',
class Book
    // ...

Becomes in 2.7:

// api/src/Entity/Book.php
namespace App\Entity;

use ApiPlatform\Metadata\ApiResource;
use ApiPlatform\Metadata\Get;
use ApiPlatform\Metadata\Post;
use App\Controller\CreateBookPublication;

#[ApiResource(types: ['https://schema.org/Book'], operations: [
    new Get(),
    new Post(name: 'publication', uriTemplate: '/books/{id}/publication')
class Book
    // ...

You can use the api:upgrade-resource command to upgrade your resources automatically, see instructions here.

Removal of Item/Collection Operations

We removed the notion of item and collection. Instead, use HTTP verbs matching the operation you want to declare. There is also a collection flag instructing whether the operation returns an array or an object. The default ApiResource attribute still declares a CRUD:


is the same as:

#[ApiResource(operations: [
    new Get(),
    new Put(),
    new Patch(),
    new Delete(),
    new GetCollection(),
    new Post(),

Metadata Changes


ApiPlatform\Metadata\ApiResource instead of ApiPlatform\Core\Annotation\ApiResource

Before After
iri: 'https://schema.org/Book' types: ['https://schema.org/Book']
path: '/books/{id}/publication' uriTemplate: '/books/{id}/publication'
identifiers: [] uriVariables: []
attributes: [] extraProperties: []
attributes: ['validation_groups' => ['a', 'b']] validationContext: ['groups' => ['a', 'b']]


ApiPlatform\Metadata\ApiProperty instead of ApiPlatform\Core\Annotation\ApiProperty

Before After
iri: 'https://schema.org/Book' types: ['https://schema.org/Book']
type: 'string' builtinTypes: ['string']

Note that builtinTypes are computed automatically from PHP types.

For example:

class Book
    public string|Isbn $isbn;

Will compute: builtinTypes: ['string', Isbn::class]

The metadata_backward_compatibility_layer Flag

In 2.7 the metadata_backward_compatibility_layer flag is set to true. This means that all the legacy services will still work just as they used to work in 2.6 (for example PropertyMetadataFactoryInterface or ResourceMetadataFactoryInterface). When updating we advise to first resolve the deprecations then to set this flag to false to use the new metadata system.

When metadata_backward_compatibility_layer is set to false:

  • there's still a bridge with the legacy ApiPlatform\Core\Annotation\ApiResource and old metadata will still work
  • the deprecated Symfony services will have their interface changed (for example ApiPlatform\Core\Api\IriConverterInterface will be ApiPlatform\Api\IriConverterInterface) and it may break your dependency injection.
  • the new metadata system is available ApiPlatform\Metadata\ApiResource


If you want to use the new namespaces for the search filter (ApiPlatform\Doctrine\Orm\Filter\SearchFilter instead ofApiPlatform\Core\Bridge\Doctrine\Orm\Filter\SearchFilter or ApiPlatform\Doctrine\Odm\Filter\SearchFilter instead ofApiPlatform\Core\Bridge\Doctrine\Odm\Filter\SearchFilter) you need to set the metadata_backward_compatibility_layer to false as this filter relies on the implementation of the new ApiPlatform\Api\IriConverterInterface.

In 3.0 this flag will default to false and the legacy code will be removed.

The Upgrade Command

The upgrade command will automatically upgrade the old ApiPlatform\Core\Annotation\ApiResource to ApiPlatform\Metadata\ApiResource. By default, this does a dry run and shows a diff:

php bin/console api:upgrade-resource

To write in-place use the force option:

php bin/console api:upgrade-resource -f


Providers and Processors are replacing DataProviders and DataPersisters. We reduced their interface to only one method and the class used by your operation can be specified directly within the metadata. Using Doctrine, a default resource would use these:


use ApiPlatform\Metadata\Get;
use ApiPlatform\Metadata\GetCollection;
use ApiPlatform\Metadata\Delete;
use ApiPlatform\Metadata\Post;
use ApiPlatform\Metadata\Put;

#[Put(processor: ApiPlatform\Doctrine\Common\State\PersistProcessor::class, provider: ApiPlatform\Doctrine\Orm\State\ItemProvider::class)]
#[Post(processor: ApiPlatform\Doctrine\Common\State\PersistProcessor::class)]
#[Delete(processor: ApiPlatform\Doctrine\Common\State\RemoveProcessor::class)]
#[Get(provider: ApiPlatform\Doctrine\Orm\State\ItemProvider::class)]
#[GetCollection(provider: ApiPlatform\Doctrine\Orm\State\CollectionProvider::class)]
class Book {}

See also the respective documentation:

DataTransformers and DTO Support

Data transformers have been deprecated, instead you can still document the output or the input DTO. Then, just handle the input in a custom State Processor or return another output in a custom State Provider.

The dto documentation has been adapted accordingly.

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