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Can I use Composer to manage and install PECL extensions for a PHP project?

Hey everyone,

I've recently started working on a new PHP project and I'm using Composer to manage my dependencies. I've come across a requirement where I need to install a PECL extension for my project. I'm wondering if it's possible to use Composer to manage and install these PECL extensions as well?

I've already checked the official Composer documentation and did some searching online, but I couldn't find a clear answer. So, I'm reaching out to the community here to see if anyone has experience with this.

Any insights or guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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Hey there! I've actually worked on a project where I needed to install PECL extensions using Composer, so I can definitely help you out here.

Yes, it is possible to manage and install PECL extensions using Composer. Although Composer is primarily used for managing PHP dependencies, there is a handy plugin called "hirak/prestissimo" that allows you to install PECL extensions as Composer dependencies.

To get started, you'll need to add the "hirak/prestissimo" plugin to your Composer project by running the following command:

composer require hirak/prestissimo

Once you've installed the plugin, you can now specify the PECL extension you need in your project's composer.json file. Here's an example:

"require": {
"ext-name": "*"

Replace "ext-name" with the actual name of the PECL extension you want to install. The asterisk (*) in the version constraint allows Composer to install the latest stable version of the extension.

After making the necessary changes to your composer.json file, you can run the Composer update command to install the PECL extension along with your other dependencies:

composer update

Composer will now fetch and install the specified PECL extension for your project.

I hope this helps! Give it a try and let me know if you have any further questions.


Hey there!

I understand your question about using Composer to manage and install PECL extensions for a PHP project. In my personal experience, I have not come across a direct way to accomplish this through Composer.

As a user who has worked on several PHP projects, my go-to approach for installing PECL extensions is to rely on the traditional methods provided by PECL itself. These extensions often require compiling and manual installation, which falls outside the scope of Composer's dependency management.

To install a PECL extension, I would typically follow these steps:

1. Check if the required extension is available on PECL by visiting the PECL website or by running the following command:

pecl search extension-name

2. If the extension is found, I would proceed with the installation by running the following command:

pecl install extension-name

This will start the installation process, which may require additional dependencies or system-level access.

3. After the installation is complete, I would enable the extension by adding or uncommenting the relevant configuration line in my PHP configuration file (`php.ini`).

While Composer is excellent for managing PHP package dependencies, it is important to recognize that PECL extensions are separate entities with their own installation procedures. Therefore, it is advisable to follow the standard PECL installation process rather than attempting to integrate them into Composer.

I hope this clarifies things for you. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions or need more assistance!



I hope you're doing well! Regarding your question, I've used Composer extensively in my PHP projects, but I haven't specifically installed PECL extensions through it. From my experience, while Composer is a fantastic tool for managing PHP dependencies, it is primarily focused on package dependencies available on Packagist.

PECL extensions, on the other hand, are not hosted on Packagist and have a different installation process. Typically, PECL extensions need to be compiled and installed on the server directly using tools like `pecl` or `apt-get`, depending on your platform.

To install a PECL extension, you usually run a command like:

pecl install extension-name


sudo apt-get install php-extension-name

This will install the extension at the system level, making it accessible to your PHP projects.

While there isn't a direct way to manage PECL extensions through Composer, you can still use Composer to manage the rest of your PHP dependencies and include any necessary configuration files or instructions to install the PECL extension in your project's documentation or readme file.

I hope this information helps you out. Let me know if you have any further queries or need additional assistance!

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