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Omeka-S Module Starter Kit

This starter kit is aimed at developers who want to develop modules for Omeka-S ( and get up and running quickly. It provides a skeleton to work with and an IDE friendly development experience.

Requirements & Rationale and how to remove them.

  • PHP 7 - in our example we explore how to use PHP 7s scalar types to aid configuration management, in addition to an alternative template rendering system which currently requires PHP 7 to run. You can remove this dependency when creating your own module by removing scalar type hints and amending the composer.json.
  • Twig - In order to render the twig templates you will need an Omeka-S installation with the ZfcTwig extension.



Clone this repository into your modules folder in Omeka-S

$ cd modules
$ git clone OmekaModuleStarterKit

and run composer install from the folder

$ cd OmekaModuleStarterKit
$ composer install
ZfcTwig (optional)

If you would like to use Twig and see the example in twig running you need to install a Zend extension. To continue without twig, see the instructions below.

In the root of your Omeka-S installation:

$ composer require kokspflanze/zfc-twig

In your application/config/application.config.php add ZfcTwig to the first array:

$reader = new Zend\Config\Reader\Ini;
return [
    'modules' => [
        'ZfcTwig', // <-- Add this line

With that installed, you can use twig templates in your module.


To see the example after installing, go to your Omeka-S site, in the admin section go to your modules and enable the "OmekaModuleStarterKit" to enable it. You should now, while logged in as an admin, be able to go to /starter-kit/movies and see it all working together.


The main addition in this starter kit is access to Composer and the wide range of libraries you can install from it. One issue with this is distributing modules as zip files. In this starter kit you can run a "compilation" set to create a zip file with your composer dependencies bundled. This is currently experimental, and may cause issues if you install conflicting dependencies.

To compile your module, make sure you run the installation steps above, and then run this from the root of your module:


If successful you will have a zip file in a build directory of your module. This is fully portable and can be dropped in another Omeka-S installation with ease.


You can also submit your module to packagist ( and have your users pull it down in their omeka-s installation just like a normal composer dependency. This is currently un-tested, but should result in a better resolution of package versions than the zip method.