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The Phar Installation and Verification Environment (PHIVE)

Installation and verification of phar distributed PHP applications has never been this easy!

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Adding all the required tools like PHPUnit, PHPMD and phpDox in their matching versions to a project used to be a lot of repetitive work: Started by finding the download URL, figuring out what the actually correct and matching version is followed by verifying the sha1 and gpg signatures and making the archive executable. And of course you'd have to repeat this very thing for every tool needed.

Alternatively, you could have used composer. And cluttered your project's dependencies with the ones of your tools. And fight their potential dependency conflicts.

No more! Now you can rely on PHIVE to install and manage your project's tooling needs without all the hassle and without cluttered dependencies!

Getting PHIVE

Installation of PHIVE is easy and about the last time you have to do anything phar related manually. Grab your copy of PHIVE from the releases section at our GitHub page or follow these simple steps:

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 0x9B2D5D79
gpg --verify phive.phar.asc phive.phar
chmod +x phive.phar
sudo mv phive.phar /usr/bin/phive

Sample Usages

Once installed, PHIVE is ready for action. Some example invocations are shown below:

phive install phpunit
phive install --copy phpdox
phive install phpdox bin/phpdox
phive install
phive install --temporary phpunit@~5.0

phive update
phive update --prefer-offline
phive update phpunit

How it works

PHIVE makes installation easy by downloading the phar archive from the given location, including the verification of the certificate supplied by the server. Once downloaded, the archive's SHA1/SHA256/SHA512 hash is verified and so its OpenPGP/GnuPG or OpenSSL signature.

Instead of redownloading the same phar multiple times, the archive is kept at a shared location (by default in ~/.phive) and only a symbolic link is created for the project. You can of course also explicitly request a copy of the phar to be made in favor of symbolic links (use --copy).


PHIVE and are open source projects released under the BSD license. You are welcome to join the development team!