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First of all, if you want to define system wide variables then I would suggest you to use parameters.yml file. If you use config.yml file for same reason, you'll add a bit of complexity to your application configurations but it's up to you. Example below shows us how to do it with config.yml and access data in controllers or services.

Config YML

# User file uploads
image: "%kernel.root_dir%/upload/image/"
document: "%kernel.root_dir%/upload/document/"


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# sport/src/Football/FrontendBundle/DependencyInjection/Configuration.php

namespace Football\FrontendBundle\DependencyInjection;

use Symfony\Component\Config\Definition\Builder\TreeBuilder;
use Symfony\Component\Config\Definition\ConfigurationInterface;

class Configuration implements ConfigurationInterface
public function getConfigTreeBuilder()
$treeBuilder = new TreeBuilder();
$rootNode = $treeBuilder->root('football_frontend');


return $treeBuilder;

Extension registration

# sport/src/Football/FrontendBundle/DependencyInjection/FootballFrontendExtension.php

namespace Football\FrontendBundle\DependencyInjection;

use Symfony\Component\DependencyInjection\ContainerBuilder;
use Symfony\Component\Config\FileLocator;
use Symfony\Component\HttpKernel\DependencyInjection\Extension;
use Symfony\Component\DependencyInjection\Loader;

class FootballFrontendExtension extends Extension
public function load(array $configs, ContainerBuilder $container)
$configuration = new Configuration();
$config = $this->processConfiguration($configuration, $configs);

$container->setParameter('upload', $config['upload']);

$loader = new Loader\YamlFileLoader($container, new FileLocator(__DIR__.'/../Resources/config'));

Option 1: Direct access in controller

$data = $this->container->getParameter('upload');
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Option 2: Injecting as a parameter with services YML

You can handle upload variable in __construct() method of your service, controller, factory etc.

# sport/src/Football/FrontendBundle/Resources/config/controllers.yml
class: Football\FrontendBundle\Service\UploadService
- %upload%


[image] => /Library/WebServer/Documents/sport/app/upload/image/
[document] => /Library/WebServer/Documents/sport/app/upload/document/