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The Easiest Way To Install PHP Composer On Apple Mac OSX

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In this quick tutorial, I am going to show you the easiest way to install PHP Composer on Apple mac OSX in four easy steps.

What is PHP Composer?

Composer is a dependency manager for PHP language, similar to NPM (Node Package Manager) for JavaScript programming language.

Step 1. Download

Head over to the Composer download page and scroll down to the Manual download section. Click the link to download the latest stable version.

Step 2. Move The Downloaded File

A file named composer.phar will be downloaded and saved to your computer (usually in the Downloads folder). Move it to the bin directory. Type the following command in your Terminal.

mv Downloads/composer.phar /usr/local/bin/
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Step 3. Edit Bash Profile

Type ls -la to see if the .bash_profile file already exists. If it doesn't exist, create one. To create, type touch .bash_profile and hit the return/enter key. Edit the .bash_profile file in your terminal, type nano .bash_profile, and hit the return/enter key. Enter the following line alias composer="php /usr/local/bin/composer.phar"
and press control + x and then, Y key, hit the return/enter key to save. Run source .bash_profile after.
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Step 4. Check

Well done! You have PHP Composer successfully installed on your Apple machine. Type composer --version to verify.
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I hope I was helpful. Thanks.🙏

Top comments (3)

bpesch profile image

Hey, did you try homebrew?

nixx profile image
ℵi✗✗ • Edited

Homebrew, of course, the main reason I wrote this post is for anyone who may encounter SSL certificate issues.

7lucckyy profile image

Thanks for the content