jacopo beschi: yet another web guy

How to effectively use composer artifacts

Created at: Apr/29/2014 jacopo beschi

Hello guys, some days ago i had to setup a private composer repository without using a VCS. After reading the original documentation i encountered some issues. For this reason i decided to make a post on my website that explains better the overall process. The first thing you need to do is to setup a version of your composer package, so open the composer.json file and add the tag: "version: version_number". After that you need to zip the whole package directory: the zip file should contain only the file of your composer package, excluding the vendor name and the package directories.
For example let's assume you have a package in "workbench/vendor/package_name" what you have to do is to create a zip file named vendor-package_name-version.zip that contains all the files inside the package_name folder (excluding the folder itself). At this point you have to create a directory in the same folder of your composer.json application file, in this example i call it "artifacts. In that directory you put your package.zip file. Now in your main composer.json you have to add the following lines:

"repositories": [
        "type": "artifact",
        "url": "artifacts/"

And then add the dependency on your require field:

"require": {
    "vendor/package_name": "version"

At this point all you have to do is run composer update and you'll be done. Have a nice day!
If you have any doubts don't hesitate to write a comment below: i'll be happy to answer any of your questions!

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