Kohana (framework)

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Developer(s) Kohana Team
Stable release
3.3.6[1] / July 25, 2016; 22 months ago (2016-07-25)
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Web application framework
License BSD License
Website kohanaframework.org

Kohana was a PHP5 HMVC framework. Kohana was licensed under the BSD license and hosted on GitHub.[2] Issues were tracked using Redmine,[3] it was 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]

The latest version 3.3.6 was released on Jul 25, 2016.[10]

Kohana was retired and declared "deprecated" on July 1st 2017.[11]

After the deprecation of Kohana a fork called Koseven was created, it targets to be a compatible replacement of Kohana for the projects that still use it and don't want to perform migration to a different framework. Koseven focus is to keep fixing bugs and maintain compatibility with the latest PHP versions.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kohana V3.3.6". kohanaframework.org. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  2. ^ "Kohana on GitHub". Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Issue tracking for Kohana". Kohana Team. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Benchmark update: Cake vs. CodeIgniter vs. Kohana". Pr0digy.com. 2008-09-03. Archived from the original on 2009-07-14. 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. Archived from the original on 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  8. ^ "History". Kohana Team. 2008-08-14. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  9. ^ "KohanaPHP » Kohana v3.x » v3.0.0". Kohana Team. 2009-09-09. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  10. ^ https://github.com/kohana/kohana/releases
  11. ^ http://discourse.kohanaframework.org/t/kohana-retirement-2017-07-01/1277
  12. ^ https://github.com/koseven/koseven#historywhy-a-kohana-alternative