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Use Composer with Kohana 3.3

Kohana 3.3 has a file named “composer.json” in the root of the project, however it is not configured for Kohana and Composer is not installed.

This example is tested on a Mac. Windows users will need to install Composer from the instructions on the Composer project site, at http://getcomposer.org/doc/00-intro.md.

Install Composer

First, modify composer.json to tell composer where to install libraries.


	"config": {
		"vendor-dir": "application/vendor"
	"require": {
		"phpunit/phpunit": "3.7.24",
		"phing/phing": "dev-master"

Open a terminal and navigate to the root of your Kohana project.

curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php
php composer.phar install

Modify Kohana’s bootstrap.php File

Add this to bootstrap. Right above the router configuration is a good spot.

 * Autoload composer libraries
require APPPATH . 'vendor/autoload.php';

Adding a Library

You can either edit composer.json with your required library (and then re-run the install command above), or use the composer require verb from the command line to add the library, which also modifies composer.json.

php composer.phar require "monolog/monolog" "1.6.0"

The monolog package page is https://packagist.org/packages/monolog/monolog. Note that you need the package name for the first parameter and the version for the second parameter.