Sonata: Add an Admin Panel without an Entity with Sonata Admin 5 and Symfony 6.2

In this article, we will learn how to add an admin panel without entities in a Symfony 6.2 project using Sonata Admin 5.

Our project base will be to create a simple file upload interface. But you could make any application. Including adding simple text.

1. Installing Sonata Admin Bundle

If you haven't already installed Sonata Admin, you can do so with composer:

composer require sonata-project/admin-bundle

We invite you to browse our site to install Sonata Admin Bundle properly. here

2. Creating an Admin class

In your src/Admin folder, create a new file UploadFileAdmin.php:

// src/Admin/UploadFileAdmin.php

namespace App\Admin;

use Sonata\AdminBundle\Admin\AbstractAdmin;
use Sonata\AdminBundle\Route\RouteCollectionInterface;

class UploadFileAdmin extends AbstractAdmin
    protected $baseRouteName = 'upload_file';
    protected $baseRoutePattern = 'upload-file';

    protected function configureRoutes(RouteCollectionInterface $collection): void

In this class, we have removed all default CRUD actions of Sonata Admin and added a new upload action.

3. Creating an Admin Controller

In the src/Controller/Admin folder, create a new file UploadFileController.php:

// src/Admin/UploadFileController.php

namespace App\Admin;

use Sonata\AdminBundle\Controller\CRUDController;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Response;

class UploadFileController extends CRUDController
    public function uploadAction()

        return $this->renderWithExtraParams('admin/upload.html.twig', [
            'title'=> 'Upload de fichier excell'


In this controller, we have defined an upload action that displays an upload.html.twig view.

4. Creating a template for the upload action

Create a new file templates/admin/upload.html.twig:

{# templates/admin/upload.html.twig #}

{% extends '@SonataAdmin/standard_layout.html.twig' %}

{% block title %} - {{ title }}{% endblock %}

{% block breadcrumb %}
    <li><a href="/admin/dashboard"><i class="fa fa-home"></i></a></li>
    <li class="active"><span>{{ title }}</span></li>
{% endblock %}

{% block sonata_page_title %}
    <h2 class="sonata-page-title">
        {{ title }}
{% endblock %}

{% block sonata_page_content %}
    <section class="content">
        <div class="box box-success">
            <div class="box-header with-border">
                <h3 class="box-title">Contenu supplémentaire</h3>
            <div class="box-body">
                Ici, vous pouvez ajouter du contenu supplémentaire.
{% endblock %}

5. Declaring the Admin service

In the config/services.yaml file, add the declaration of your admin service :

        class: App\Admin\UploadFileAdmin
        arguments: [~, Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\File\File, App\Admin\UploadFileController]
            - { name: sonata.admin, manager_type: orm, group: "Contenu", label: "Upload fichier excell" }

Note that in the arguments, we use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\File\File as a placeholder for the entity. Since we are not using an entity, it does not matter.

6. Configuring Sonata Admin

Finally, we will add our new admin to the Sonata Admin dashboard. Edit the config/packages/sonata_admin.yaml file:

                label: Uploads
                icon: '<i class="fa fa-upload"></i>'
                    - route: upload_file_upload
                      label: "Upload fichier excell"

7. Adding a custom action to your dashboard

Edit your UploadFileAdmin class to include the configureDashboardActions method:

// src/Admin/UploadFileAdmin.php

// ...

class UploadFileAdmin extends AbstractAdmin
    // ...

    protected function configureDashboardActions(array $actions): array
        $actions['upload'] = [
            'template' => 'admin/dashboard_upload_action.html.twig',
            'label'    => 'Chargement des fichiers',
            'icon'     => 'fa-upload',
            'route'    => 'upload'

        return $actions;

In this method, we have added a custom upload action to our dashboard.

8. Creating the template for the custom action

Create a new file templates/admin/dashboard_upload_action.html.twig :

<a class="btn btn-link btn-flat" href="{{ admin.generateUrl(action.route) }}">
    <i class="fas {{ action.icon | default('')}}"></i>
    {{ action.label | default('') | trans({}, 'default') }}

This template will be used to display the custom action button on the dashboard.


Now, when you navigate to /admin/dashboard, you should see a new "File Upload" button on your dashboard. By clicking on this button, you should be redirected to your upload page.


And there you have it! You have successfully created an admin panel without entities in Sonata Admin. This can be very useful for adding custom features to your admin panel.