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Composer is a dependency manager for PHP libraries. In addition, it can be used to manage the installation of MediaWiki extensions (as of MediaWiki 1.22). Starting with 1.25, MediaWiki core's external dependencies are being managed with composer.

Installing Composer[edit | edit source]

There are multiple ways to install composer: To grab the latest snapshot:


That downloads a snapshot of the current master and will expire in 30 days. There are also phars for the alpha "releases" such as 1.0.0-alpha.

For users on OSX, you can use homebrew to install composer: brew tap josegonzalez/homebrew-php && brew install composer. If that doesn't work, or you do not have homebrew installed, you can try php -r "readfile('');" | php.

Jenkins and the extension distributor use the copy of composer contained in the "integration/composer" git repo.

Once composer is installed, you can run commands via the downloaded phar:

php composer.phar someCommand

You may want to move the phar into your path so it can be used as a normal executable:

composer someCommand

Usage in MediaWiki core[edit | edit source]

MediaWiki depends on some external libraries which are brought in via composer. Composer creates an autoloader at vendor/autoload.php, which is included by WebStart.php. These libraries are bundled with the tarball so system administrators do not need to use composer directly. More details can be found in the links below:

Resources[edit | edit source]