KOHANA- yet another PHP Framework



Every one may be know many frameworks for PHP, some may even don’t know about PHP frameworks, basically frameworks are a solution which is mainly reducing the development time and making the product in a world known standard.

So this is an introduction for another framework call kohana, name is bit like African or Indonesian, why not sometime this name is like an Hindi word, I am not going to research the name :). So will know some attractive features of kohana;

What is KOHANA

It’s a PHP 5 framework complete Object oriented and Model view controller enabled. If briefing more, a Swift, Small and Tiny, Secured and complete PHP 5framework.

As features (as per official document)

  • Highly secure
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Short learning curve
  • Uses the MVC pattern
  • 100% UTF-8 compatible
  • Loosely coupled architecture
  • Extremely easy to extend ( as same as codeigniter)


  • Strict PHP 5 OOP
  • Simple database abstraction using SQL helpers
  • Multiple session drivers (native, database, and cookie)
  • Powerful event handler allows small modifications dynamically
  • Originally based on CodeIgniter


You may ask why kohana is so special, few reasons, and those are very highly strong and those are highly appreciated by all most everyone.

  • Fully community driven (un like codeigniter)
  • One hundred person PHP 5 and Fully Object Oriented
  • No dependency with other packages
  • Much better Event handler
  • Very suitable for Rapid development cycle

How to start

Starting is really simple, basically you should know some PHP and some OOP concepts, (of course you should know HTML, CSS, JavaScript for better solution) than that you should have a localhost, and kohana framework, you can get them form following;

Also if you having any question or further reading try out for the official forum and the official help guide else read some tutorials and learn.


I guess these are main reasons that you should switch your framework (if your requirements suites above mentions), I am my view all most all the current projects that I am working is very rapid, so I am switched to kohana, if you see these point are valid you also simply use it.

Author: Yoosufs