Doctrine2 – Multiple insert in one shot

I’m new to Doctrine and there are still some blurred areas for me. In this case I’m inserting new record in the database using a loop and the entity manager. It works fine but I noticed that Doctrine make one insert query by entity, which can become pretty huge.

Using Doctrine2 and Symfony 2.3, I would like to know how we can set it up so it would make only 1 insert query with all the values in it (we are talking of 1 entity only of course).

What I mean is changing this :

INSERT INTO dummy_table VALUES (x1, y1)    
INSERT INTO dummy_table VALUES (x2, y2)


INSERT INTO dummy_table VALUES (x1, y1), (x2, y2)

Here is my code :

$em = $this->container->get('doctrine')->getManager();

foreach($items as $item){
    $newItem = new Product($item['datas']);



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Method 1

According to this answer, Doctrine2 does not allow you to combine multiple INSERT statements into one:

Some people seem to be wondering why Doctrine does not use
multi-inserts (insert into (…) values (…), (…), (…), …

First of all, this syntax is only supported on mysql and newer
postgresql versions. Secondly, there is no easy way to get hold of all
the generated identifiers in such a multi-insert when using
AUTO_INCREMENT or SERIAL and an ORM needs the identifiers for identity
management of the objects. Lastly, insert performance is rarely the
bottleneck of an ORM. Normal inserts are more than fast enough for
most situations and if you really want to do fast bulk inserts, then a
multi-insert is not the best way anyway, i.e. Postgres COPY or Mysql
LOAD DATA INFILE are several orders of magnitude faster.

These are the reasons why it is not worth the effort to implement an
abstraction that performs multi-inserts on mysql and postgresql in an

You can read more about Doctrine2 batch processing here:

You can either switch to DBAL or resort to processing your data in small batches by flushing your entity manager after a set amount of inserts:

$batchSize = 20;

foreach ($items as $i => $item) {
     $product = new Product($item['datas']);


     // flush everything to the database every 20 inserts
     if (($i % $batchSize) == 0) {

// flush the remaining objects

Method 2

You can try this fork It implements exactly what you want. I tested it in MySQL and it works fine and 5 times faster than that batch processing. This fork get a first inserted id and increments it in php for getting other id’s. It works for most cases but not in all. So you need to understand what are you doing when using this fork.

Method 3

You can use executeUpdate($query, array $params = array(), array $types = array()) method of DriverConnection interface to perform this action. However it’s little tricky to bind multiple parameters.


$postMetaData = [
        'post_id' => $product->getId(),
        'meta_key' => '_visibility',
        'meta_value' => 'visible',
        'post_id' => $product->getId(),
        'meta_key' => '_stock_status',
        'meta_value' => $insert['in_stock'] ? 'instock' : 'outofstock',

Bulk update method:

public function updateOrCreateBulk($posts, DoctrineDBALConnection $connection)

    $placeholders = [];
    $values = [];
    $types = [];

    foreach ($posts as $columnName => $value) {
        $placeholders[] = '(?)';
        $values[] = array_values($value);
        $types[] = DoctrineDBALConnection::PARAM_INT_ARRAY;

    return $connection->executeUpdate(
        'INSERT INTO `wp_postmeta` (`post_id`, `meta_key`, `meta_value`)  VALUES ' . implode(', ', $placeholders) . ' ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE `meta_value` = VALUES(`meta_value`)',

Method 4

Thanks, now I know it’s not possible through Doctrine. –

you can use for one shot


then persist flush

it will work prefect

Method 5

I have not tested it but it seems possible to do this with a collection.

$collection = new Doctrine_Collection('tablename');

Of course you should have the add in the loop.

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