I'm currently writing a plugin which should connect to another Craft Instance (same server, same app folder) and run some code (start a task or execute a service function).

I looked at the bootstrap.php which looks great, but I can't include it inside the plugin, or can I somehow?

So how can I bootstrap / connect to another Craft instance from inside my plugin?

2 Answers 2


I don't see why you wouldn't be able to load it up from your plugin.

public function init()
    $otherCraftApp = require '/path/to/other/bootstrap.php';
    $otherCraftHttpRequestService = $otherCraftApp->request;
  • Sadly this doesn't work, because it's the same app folder, so I'm basically including itself. Or do I have to create a bootstrap.php outside the app-folder for each instance?
    – Victor
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 11:36
  • Ahh, missed the "share the same app folder" part. bootstrap.php is coded to assume it's living immediately inside of the app folder. I assume the two sites have separate public index.php files?
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 14:49
  • Yes, separate index.php, config, template and plugin files.
    – Victor
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 15:24
  • Doesn't this break the licensing? Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 6:21
  • @LukeHolder Each instance has its own config folder, with its own license.key file, so it doesn't break the licensing.
    – Victor
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 15:08

As I am not able to comment I am leaving a braindump...

I assume you try to trigger actions/tasks whatever in a environment like devmaster <-- dev, a dev <-- stage or something similar.

If that is the case:
I was looking at that already as well but found utilizing a cron job or puppet script be more
- secure and controllable (also in case a developer leaves the company)
- scalable in regards to performance and security also accross systems/clusters/dokku boxes)
- more reliable and granular as it allows more detailed logging/repoting options in case of a failure (snapin for the dashboard could utilize system logs and related data, you just need a template and no conversion)

As I am still in a concept phase for my project, I cant provide a working sample yet, sorry.

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