How To Install PHP Composer on Debian 8

Install PHP Composer on Debian 8 Jessie

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure PHP Composer on Debian 8 Jessie server. For those of you who didn’t know, Composer is an incredible dependency manager tool used to install and upgrade libraries for dynamic, PHP applications and projects. This software used to facilitate the installation and update of the project dependencies which also show the appropriate versions required for the project requirements.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation PHP Composer on a Debian 8 (Jessie) server.

Install PHP Composer on Debian 8 Jessie

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Composer.

Download and install Composer by executing the following command:

curl -sS | php
mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

Once the process completes, you can make the ‘composer.phar’ file executable by running the following command:

chmod +x /usr/local/bin/composer

Testing composer installation:

composer -V

You can rerun the below commands to upgrade the composer. The composer also has capabilities to update itself. Use the following command to upgrade composer:

composer self-update

Congratulations! You have successfully installed PHP Composer. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing PHP Composer on Debian 8 Jessie server. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official PHP Composer website.

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