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A Multi-Framework Composer Library Installer

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This is for PHP package authors to require in their composer.json. It will magically install their package to the correct location based on the specified package type.

Current Supported Package Types:

  • CakePHP 2+ cakephp-
  • CodeIgniter codeigniter-
  • Drupal drupal-
  • FuelPHP fuelphp-
  • Joomla joomla-
  • Kohana kohana-
  • Laravel laravel-
  • Lithium lithium-
  • Magento magento-
  • Mako mako-
  • MediaWiki mediawiki-
  • phpBB phpbb-
  • PPI ppi-
  • SilverStripe silverstripe-
  • Symfony1 symfony1-
  • WordPress wordpress-
  • Zend zend-

Natively Supported Frameworks:

The following frameworks natively work with Composer and will be installed to the default vendor directory. composer/installers is not needed to install packages with these frameworks:

  • Aura
  • Symfony2

Example composer.json File

This is an example for a CakePHP plugin. The only important parts to set in your composer.json file are "type": "cakephp-plugin" which describes what your package is and "require": { "composer/installers": "*" } which tells composer to load the custom installers.

    "name": "you/ftp",
    "type": "cakephp-plugin",
    "require": {
        "composer/installers": "*"

This would install your package to the app/Plugin/Ftp/ folder of a CakePHP app when a user runs php composer.phar install.

So submit your packages to!

Current Supported Types

  • CakePHP
    • cakephp-plugin
  • CodeIgniter
    • codeigniter-library
    • codeigniter-third-party
    • codeigniter-module
  • Drupal
    • drupal-module
    • drupal-theme
    • drupal-profile
    • drupal-drush
  • FuelPHP
    • fuelphp-module
  • Joomla
    • joomla-component
    • joomla-module
    • joomla-template
    • joomla-plugin
    • joomla-library
  • Kohana
    • kohana-module
  • Laravel
    • laravel-library
  • Lithium
    • lithium-library
    • lithium-source
  • Magento
    • magento-library
    • magento-skin
    • magento-theme
  • Mako
    • mako-package
  • MediaWiki
    • mediawiki-extension
  • phpBB
    • phpbb-extension
    • phpbb-style
    • phpbb-language
  • PPI
    • ppi-module
  • SilverStripe
    • silverstripe-module
    • silverstripe-theme
  • symfony1
    • symfony1-plugin
  • WordPress
    • wordpress-plugin
    • wordpress-theme
  • Zend
    • zend-library
    • zend-extra

Types in bold have been marked stable and you can rely on those install paths to not change. A new type must be created if any adjustments are requested for an install path.

Custom Install Paths

If you are consuming a package that uses the composer/installers you can override the install path with the following extra in your composer.json:

    "extra": {
        "installer-paths": {
            "your/custom/path/{$name}/": ["shama/ftp", "vendor/package"]

This would use your custom path for each of the listed packages. The available variables to use in your paths are: ${name}, {$vendor}, {$type}.


  • Fork and clone.
  • Run the command php composer.phar install --dev to install the dev dependencies. See Composer.
  • Use the command phpunit to run the tests. See PHPUnit.
  • Create a branch, commit, push and send us a pull request.

To ensure a consistent code base, you should make sure the code follows the Coding Standards which we borrowed from Symfony.

If you would like to help, please take a look at the list of issues.