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Make sure to install cycle/annotated and cycle/schema-builder extensions in order to use annotated entities. Once installed add annotated generators into the schema compiler (see more details here).

Cycle is using the Doctrine/Annotations package, make sure that annotations are loadable (use) and the syntax is correct.

Compiler Pipeline

The complete pipeline with annotated entities support will look like:

use Cycle\Schema;
use Cycle\Annotated;
use Spiral\Tokenizer;

// Class locator
$classLocator = (new Tokenizer\Tokenizer(new Tokenizer\Config\TokenizerConfig([
    'directories' => ['src/'],

$schema = (new Schema\Compiler())->compile(new Schema\Registry($dbal), [
    new Schema\Generator\ResetTables(),             // re-declared table schemas (remove columns)
    new Annotated\Embeddings($classLocator),        // register embeddable entities
    new Annotated\Entities($classLocator),          // register annotated entities
    new Annotated\TableInheritance(),               // register STI/JTI
    new Annotated\MergeColumns(),                   // add @Table column declarations
    new Schema\Generator\GenerateRelations(),       // generate entity relations
    new Schema\Generator\GenerateModifiers(),       // generate changes from schema modifiers
    new Schema\Generator\ValidateEntities(),        // make sure all entity schemas are correct
    new Schema\Generator\RenderTables(),            // declare table schemas
    new Schema\Generator\RenderRelations(),         // declare relation keys and indexes
    new Schema\Generator\RenderModifiers(),         // render all schema modifiers
    new Annotated\MergeIndexes(),                   // add @Table column declarations
    new Schema\Generator\SyncTables(),              // sync table changes to database
    new Schema\Generator\GenerateTypecast(),        // typecast non string columns

$orm = $orm->with(schema: new \Cycle\ORM\Schema($schema));

Make sure to point the class locator to the directory with your domain entities only as the indexation operation is fairly expensive. Make sure that all of the entities are loadable by composer autoload.

The result of the schema builder is a compiled schema. The given schema can be cached in order to avoid expensive calculations on each request.

In the following section the terming update schema will be referenced to this process.

Remove element new Schema\Generator\SyncTables() to disable database reflection. In a later section, we will describe how to automatically render database migrations instead of direct synchronization.

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