Simple phar creation for any project managed via Composer.
It takes your existing project's
composer.json and builds an executable phar
for your project among with its bundled dependencies.
- Create a single executable phar archive, including its dependencies (i.e. vendor directory included)
- Automated build process
- Zero additional configuration
Table of contents
Once clue/phar-composer is installed, you can use it via command line like this.
This tool supports several sub-commands. To get you started, you can now use the following simple command:
This will actually execute the
search command that allows you to interactively search and build any package
listed on packagist (see below description of the search command for more details).
build command can be used to build an executable single-file phar (php archive) for any project
managed by composer:
$ phar-composer build ~/path/to/your/project
The second argument can be pretty much everything that can be resolved to a valid project managed by composer. Besides creating phar archives for locally installed packages like above, you can also easily download and bundle packages from packagist.org like this:
$ phar-composer build d11wtq/boris
The above will download and install the latest stable tagged release (if any). You can also specify a tagged version like this:
$ phar-composer build clue/phar-composer:~1.0
Or you can specify to install the head of a given branch like this:
$ phar-composer build clue/phar-composer:dev-master
A similar syntax can be used to clone a package from any git URL. This is particularly useful for private packages or temporary git clones not otherwise listed on packagist:
$ phar-composer build https://github.com/composer/composer.git
The above will clone the repository and check out the default branch. Again, you can specify either a tag or branch name very similar to how composer works:
$ phar-composer build https://github.com/composer/composer.git:dev-master
install command will both build the given package and then
install it into the system-wide bin directory
/usr/local/bin (usually already
$PATH). This works for any package name or URL just like with the
build command, e.g.:
$ phar-composer install phpunit/phpunit
After some (lengthy) build output, you should now be able to run it by just issuing:
In essence, the
installcommand will basically just issue a
sudo mv $target.phar /usr/local/bin/$target. It will ask you for your sudo password when necessary, so it's not needed (and in fact not recommended) to run the whole comamnd via
Windows limitation: Note that this subcommand is not available on Windows. Please use the
buildcommand and place Phar in your
search command provides an interactive command line search.
It will ask for the package name and issue an search via packagist.org's API and
present a list of matching packages. So if you don't know the exact package name,
you can use the following command:
$ phar-composer search boris
It uses an interactive command line menu to ask you for the matching package name,
its version and will then offer you to either
You can grab a copy of clue/phar-composer in either of the following ways.
This project aims to run on any platform and thus does not require any PHP extensions and supports running on legacy PHP 5.3 through current PHP 7+ and HHVM. It's highly recommended to use PHP 7+ for this project.
As a phar (recommended)
You can simply download a pre-compiled and ready-to-use version as a Phar
to any directory.
You can simply download the latest
phar-composer.phar file from our
The latest release can
always be downloaded like this:
$ curl -JOL https://clue.engineering/phar-composer-latest.phar
That's it already. Once downloaded, you can verify everything works by running this:
$ cd ~/Downloads $ php phar-composer.phar --version
The above usage examples assume you've installed phar-composer system-wide to your $PATH (recommended), so you have the following options:
Only use phar-composer locally and adjust the usage examples: So instead of running
$ phar-composer --version, you have to type
$ php phar-composer.phar --version.
installcommand to install itself to your $PATH by running:
$ php phar-composer.phar install clue/phar-composer
Or you can manually make the
phar-composer.pharexecutable and move it to your $PATH by running:
$ chmod 755 phar-composer.phar $ sudo mv phar-composer.phar /usr/local/bin/phar-composer
If you have installed phar-composer system-wide, you can now verify everything works by running:
$ phar-composer --version
There's no separate
update procedure, simply download the latest release again
and overwrite the existing phar.
Again, if you have already installed phar-composer system-wide, updating is as easy as running a self-installation like this:
$ phar-composer install clue/phar-composer
Installation using Composer
Alternatively, you can also install phar-composer as part of your development dependencies.
You will likely want to use the
require-dev section to exclude phar-composer in your production environment.
You can either modify your
composer.json manually or run the following command to include the latest tagged release:
$ composer require --dev clue/phar-composer
Now you should be able to invoke the following command in your project root:
$ ./vendor/bin/phar-composer --version
Note: You should only invoke and rely on the main phar-composer bin file. Installing this project as a non-dev dependency in order to use its source code as a library is not supported.
To update to the latest release, just run
composer update clue/graph-composer.
clue/phar-composer is an open-source project and encourages everybody to participate in its development. You're interested in checking out how clue/phar-composer works under the hood and/or want to contribute to the development of clue/phar-composer? Then this section is for you!
The recommended way to install clue/phar-composer is to clone (or download) this repository and use Composer to download its dependencies. Therefore you'll need PHP, Composer, git and curl installed. For example, on a recent Ubuntu/Debian-based system, simply run:
$ sudo apt install php-cli git curl $ git clone https://github.com/clue/phar-composer.git $ cd phar-composer $ curl -s https://getcomposer.org/installer | php $ sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer $ composer install
You can now verify everything works by running clue/phar-composer like this:
$ php bin/phar-composer --version
If you want to distribute clue/phar-composer as a single standalone release file, you may
compile the project into a single
phar-composer.phar file like this:
$ composer build
Note that compiling will temporarily install a copy of this project to the local
build/directory and install all non-development dependencies for distribution. This should only take a second or two if you've previously installed its dependencies already. The build script optionally accepts the version number (
VERSIONenv) and an output file name or will otherwise try to look up the last release tag, such as
You can now verify the resulting
phar-composer.phar file works by running it
$ ./phar-composer.phar --version
To update your development version to the latest version, just run this:
$ git pull $ php composer.phar install
Made some changes to your local development version?
Make sure to let the world know! We welcome PRs and would love to hear from you!
To run the test suite, you first need to clone this repo and then install all dependencies through Composer:
$ composer install
To run the test suite, go to the project root and run:
$ php vendor/bin/phpunit
This project is released under the permissive MIT license.
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