How to install Composer packages ignoring PHP version requirements

Published On2020-06-03

A new feature in Composer v2 allows you to selectively ignore platform requirements.

composer install --ignore-platform-req=php

Compared to --ignore-platform-reqs

Composer already has a --ignore-platform-reqs option (notice the s in reqs), but it ignores all platform requirements, including PHP version, extensions (ext-*), and composer-plugin-api.

The new --ignore-platform-req option can be used to set specific requirements that Composer can ignore.

Ignore multiple platform requirements

You can specify one or more platform requirements to ignore by simply using the option multiple times.

For example, to ignore the PHP version and ext-zip, but enforce all other platform requirements, you can use the command like this:

composer install --ignore-platform-req=php --ignore-platform-req=ext-zip

Install Composer packages on unreleased PHP versions

A common use-case of ignore-platform-req option would be to test PHP packages in unreleased PHP versions, or dev builds of PHP.

Libraries such as PHPUnit come with rather strict PHP version constraint in their composer.json file, which prevents them the libraries from being installed in dev versions of PHP.

Instead of using ignore-platform-reqs, which would ignore all platform requirements such as extensions (which might be required for the package to function), you can use ignore-platform-req option to selectively specify platform requirements you intentionally ignore.

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