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PHP Autoload

Template Variables

The generated code is based uppon templates provided by default in the templates subfolder. The template engine allows for simply replacing of name based placeholders. For now, only a few default variables are defined but API hooks exist to set custom variables.

Known variables are: CREATED Set to a timestamp of creation, format can be adjusted CLASSLIST The found list classes in form of a generated map BASEDIR If a Basedir is set, the value will get removed from the file path and get replaced by DIR

In CLI Mode only:

___PHAR___         The filename of the generated phar (see src/templates/phar.php.tpl)


PHP: 5.3.0 Extensions: tokenizer, phar

The PHP tokenizer needs to be enabled for this code to work. Due to the use of Namespaces and closures, PHP 5.3 is required for running phpab by default. Because the code has template support, it is possible to alternatively generate autoload code for older versions of PHP 5.

To generate phar archives, the phar writing support needs to be enabled within php. Details can be found in the php manual

PHP AutoloadBuilder CLI

The PHP AutoloadBuilder CLI ist a command line application to automate the process of generating an autoload include file.


phpab should be installed using the PEAR Installer. This installer is the backbone of PEAR, which provides a distribution system for PHP packages, and is shipped with every release of PHP since version 4.3.0.

The PEAR channel ( that is used to distribute phpab needs to be registered with the local PEAR environment. Furthermore, a component that phpab depends upon is hosted on the eZ Components PEAR channel (

[theseer@rikka ~]$ sudo pear channel-discover
Adding Channel "" succeeded
Discovery of channel "" succeeded

[theseer@rikka ~]$ sudo pear channel-discover
Adding Channel "" succeeded
Discovery of channel "" succeeded

This has to be done only once. Now the PEAR Installer can be used to install packages from the netpirates channel:

[theseer@rikka ~]$ sudo pear install theseer/Autoload
downloading Autoload-1.8.0.tgz ...
Starting to download Autoload-1.8.0.tgz (7,596 bytes)
.....done: 7,596 bytes
downloading DirectoryScanner-1.0.1.tgz ...
Starting to download DirectoryScanner-1.0.1.tgz (3,400 bytes)
...done: 3,400 bytes
downloading ConsoleTools-1.6.tgz ...
Starting to download ConsoleTools-1.6.tgz (869,925 bytes)
...done: 869,925 bytes
install ok: channel://
install ok: channel://
install ok: channel://

After the installation you can find the phpab source files inside your local PEAR directory; the path in Fedora linux usually is /usr/share/pear/theseer.


phpab [switches] [... ]

-i, --include    File pattern to include (default: *.php)
-e, --exclude    File pattern to exclude

-b, --basedir    Basedir for filepaths
-t, --template   Path to code template to use

-o, --output     Output file for generated code (default: STDOUT)
-p, --phar       Create a phar archive (requires -o )
    --bzip2      Compress phar archive using bzip2 (bzip2 required)
    --gz         Compress phar archive using gzip (gzip required)
    --key        OpenSSL key file to use for signing phar archive (openssl required)

-c, --compat     Generate PHP 5.2 compatible code
-s, --static     Generate a static require file

-n, --nolower    Do not lowercase classnames for case insensitivity

--format     Dateformat string for timestamp
--linebreak  Linebreak style (CR, CR/LF or LF)
--indent     String used for indenting (default: 3 spaces)

--tolerant   Ignore Class Redeclarations in the same file
--once       Use require_once instead of require when creating a static require file

--all        Include all files in given directory when creating a phar

    --trusting   Do not check mimetype of files prior to parsing (default)
    --paranoid   Do check mimetype of files prior to parsing

--var name=foo  Assign value 'foo' to variable 'name' to be used in (custom) templates

--lint       Run lint on generated code and exit
--lint-php   PHP binary to use for linting (default: /usr/bin/php or c:\php\php.exe)

-h, --help       Prints this usage information
-v, --version    Prints the version and exits

Usage Samples

[theseer@rikka ~]$ phpab -o src/ src

[theseer@rikka ~]$ phpab -c -o src/ src

[theseer@rikka ~]$ phpab -o src/core/ -b src src

[theseer@rikka ~]$ phpab -p -o framework.phar framework/src

[theseer@rikka ~]$ phpab -b . --tolerant -o zf1_autoload.php -e '*/Test/*' Zend

Ease of use

When using phpab it is necessary to recreate the autoload file every time a new class is created. This usually also happens after pulling from a repo or when switchting branches.

Using a git post-checkout hook placed in .git/hooks/post-update this can be automated for most cases.

Basic Sample:

phpab -c -o src/ src

Sample using an ant build.xml file.

if [ -f build.xml ]; then
    ant -p | grep phpab > /dev/null

    if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
        ant phpab > /dev/null &
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