Difference between CodeIgniter and Laravel

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Codeigniter vs Laravel

Both frameworks do a decent job out of the box of sanitizing user input which helps with XSS and SQL injection issues right out of the gate. That said, it’s still on you, the developer, to follow industry best practices in regards to security to ensure your application is as secure as it needs to be.

Main Differences

  1. Queue Model: CodeIgniter doesn’t have queue model, Laravel implements excellent queue model.
  2. Task Scheduling: CodeIgniter fails to have task scheduling, but laravel has task scheduling out of the box.
  3. Templating: CodeIgniter doesn’t have any templating mechanism, have to implement manually, like Laravel has Blade template system.
  4. Routing: Laravel has explicit routing, while CodeIgniter has implicit as well as explicit routing.
  5. Authentication: Is built-in module for Laravel, while have to reinvent the wheel for CodeIgniter.
  6. Code: No need to write more code, as most of the redundant things are taken care of by Laravel, while it’s just opposite for CodeIgniter. Hence code maintenance is easy for Laravel
  7. Composer: Laravel makes heavy usage of Composer for dependency management and autoloading, while there is an option to use Composer or its own autoloader for CodeIgniter.
  8. Size: Because of the features it provides, Laravel is much bigger than CodeIgniter.
  9. Command Line Interface: Laravel has artisan command for command line interface, while CodeIgniter doesn’t have one.


So which is more awesome?

Laravel indeed! I think Phil and Vladstudio gave enough reasons to move to Laravel and I don’t want to say more.
As you already perhaps know I am now actively developing 2 libraries in Codeigniter and all my projects at my portfolio are all made in CodeIgniter Framework. So the question is did I move to a different framework? Well … I already done it long time ago… I am using for my big projects Zend Framework as it has really lot of libraries such as Amazon Services, Advance Memcache, really advanced db active record, e.t.c. However for all the small/medium projects I am still using Codeigniter as I am familiar with the code and I’ve already created extensions for CI . For example I don’t care if Codeigniter doesn’t have a Layout controller I have created mine. I don’t mind if it has not an Authorization library (with full database structure e.t.c.) I have already created mine and so on. However I was looking forward for a brand new framework that has these functionalities in the Core system and not as external libraries. I have to say that I am more “stack” to Codeigntiter framework rather than “like” Codeigniter Framework. I work with Codeigniter for 4 years and I have created my own libraries and my custom CMS is based on Codeigniter so it is difficult for me to move to a different framework if I don’t have a good reason to do it.


So Codeigniter is dead??

To tell you the truth I thought that actually CI will die someday but this will simply never happen. Why?
1. The large community will never let Codeigniter to die! You really cannot realize how many people are using Codeigniter for small but also large projects right now.
2. It is stable enough and tested from many users. This means that even if a new version have something unstable (e.g. 2.0.3) I am sure that the users have already mentioned it and solve it. If you don’t care about changing the core of CI for fixing small bugs that’s fine.
3. It is really well documented. I think is the best documented framework that exists in PHP right now.
4. Very easy to use even if you don’t know about MVC architecture. A really good start especially for Newbies that only used pure PHP to their projects as I was one time before using CI.
5. Really 0 configuration to start working with CI
6. CI 3 is promising more stability and more organized unit tests.

But this are not enough reasons for me anymore! I need more features as things runs so fast and we need more and more. I don’t like to look for external libaries for obvious things . Laravel can support really lot of stuff that in my opinion every modern framework should have. To be more specific some small things that I liked in Laravel:

  • Templates with basic webpages layout with sections… e.t.c. [Please tell me which website DOESN’T have a basic layout?]
  • Exceptions with detailed stack trace. [CI doesn’t have it!]
  • Authorization library
  • Object Oriented Libraries with autocomplete. I don’t know when CI will get rid of the $this->library_name->library_function(); and $this->load->library thing. In laravel it is simple “Libraries and Models are very easy to use thanks to the Laravel auto-loader”
  • Widgets with assets (such as JS and CSS). Lavarel has bundles that it is great and with a very good structure.

and really many more reasons but especially I like that it makes me feel.. happy! I don’t want to be more specific about the two frameworks. If you want to read more you can go to Laravel – a beautiful PHP framework that does not make me feel stupid and read why to choose Laravel instead of other frameworks. I agree with the person who wrote it but not for … Zend (come on monster???) I just wanted to mention 2-3 things about Laravel and tell my opinion about Laravel and Codeigniter. The Laravel is still in an experimental stage for me so perhaps I will change my mind in the future. But till now… I LOVE IT.

Table Comparison

Module Laravel Codeigniter
Layout Control Yes No
ORM Yes No
Error Stack Trace Yes No
Class Auto Loading Yes No
–Database mySQL Yes Yes
–Database SQLite Yes Yes
–Database MSSQL Yes Yes
–Database PostgreSQL Yes Yes
–Database Cubrid Yes No
–ODBC drivers Yes No
–Database MariaDB No No
Authentication Library Yes No
External Modules Yes (Bundles) No
Form Validation Rules Yes Yes
Internationalization Yes Yes

For more you can go straight away to laravel.com/

Final thoughts

These are all wonderful frameworks and any would suit you instead of starting from scratch as they bring their own speed and convenience. However, its good that for you PHP web development you should hire a PHP developer with Framework skills that are relevant and modern. Our best bet, hire Laravel PHP Framework developers.

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