How To Install and Setup Composer on Ubuntu

Composer is a free dependency management tool for PHP and developed by Nils Adermann and Jordi Boggiano. It provides a standard format for managing dependencies of PHP software and required libraries. It is a widely used script in the PHP world .

Install Composer on Ubuntu:

Open your terminal app and type the below command and hit enter to update the package manager cache.

sudo apt-get update

Then install all composer dependencies by using the below command.

sudo apt-get install curl php-cli php-mbstring git unzip

There are two ways to install Composer. Locally as part of your project (per project basis), or globally as a system wide executable.

Method 1: Install locally on your project (per project basis)

Go to root of your project by using below command in terminal

cd your_project_path

Example: if your project is on home/www/project, then

cd www/project

After that download the composer-setup.php file in your project root via below command.

curl -sS -o composer-setup.php

Then execute the below command in terminal to generate a composer.phar file in your current project directory.

php composer-setup.php

Then type below command to verify the composer.


Method2: Install globally on your system

In terminal execute below commands

cd ~
curl -sS -o composer-setup.php

Then use below command

sudo php composer-setup.php --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer

To test your composer global installation, run the below command in terminal


How to use composer on your project:

To use Composer in your project, you’ll need a composer.json file. It tells Composer which dependencies it needs to download for your project, and which versions are allowed to be installed.

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Create composer.json file in your project root folder. And type below code in your composer.json file.
Note: ReplaceĀ  vendor/package”: “1.3.2” with your your package vendor name, package name and package version.

"require": {
"vendor/package": "1.3.2"

Example: I need picofeed for my project. Picofeed is a Modern library to handle RSS/Atom feeds. For that go Packagist PHP Package Repository ( ) and search for picofeed.

Here vendor is fguillot and package name is picofeed and the current picofeed version is 0.1.31

Example: “fguillot/picofeed”: “0.1.31”

So your composer.json file will look like below

"require": {
"fguillot/picofeed": "0.1.31"

Then run the below code to install all dependencies.

php composer.phar install


Composer automatically generates an autoload.php file in your project root /vendor folder. You can include in your project to start using the classes from those libraries. In your project, just specify the below code to include.

require 'vendor/autoload.php';
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