Kohana (framework)

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Developer(s) Kohana Team
Stable release 3.3[1] / June 11, 2014; 13 months ago (2014-06-11)
Development status Active
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Web application framework
License BSD License
Website kohanaframework.org

Kohana is a PHP5 HMVC framework. Kohana is licensed under the BSD license and hosted on GitHub.[2] Issues are tracked using Redmine.[3] It is noted for its performance when compared to CodeIgniter and other high-performance PHP frameworks.[4][5][6][7]


  • Cascading File System (CFS) allow class, configuration file and translation overloading from the system, module and application folder.
  • ORM is an implementation of the active record pattern.
  • Request and Response for either internal and external request.
  • Routing to reverse URL and dispatch user request.
  • Cache system compatible with multiple back-ends


Kohana development begun on 31 May 2007 when a few CodeIgniter community members decided to start a community fork of CodeIgniter, named BlueFlame. In June 2007 the project was renamed "Kohana" and in July version 1.0 was released without any documentation. The project leader left in August and development stagnated until September when a new BDFL was selected and an effort to rewrite the source code began. At that time Kohana had only 3 developers. Version 2.0 was released in November 2007, based purely on PHP 5.0 and a new OOP framework.[8] Version 3.0 was released on 9 September 2009.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "kohana/core". github.com. May 7, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  2. ^ "Kohana on GitHub". Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Issue tracking for Kohana". Kohana Team. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Benchmark update: Cake vs. CodeIgniter vs. Kohana". Pr0digy.com. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  5. ^ "VSCharts: Kohana vs. Zend Framework 2". VSCharts. 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  6. ^ "Altabel Group's Blog: The Best PHP Framework". Altabel. 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Web Application Frameworks Comparison: CodeIgniter vs Kohana". Carbonated Interactive Inc. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  8. ^ "History". Kohana Team. 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  9. ^ "KohanaPHP » Kohana v3.x » v3.0.0". Kohana Team. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2014-08-05.