Low-level tools to extend PHP reflection capabilities

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A collection of low-level tools to extend PHP reflection capabilities.

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This library is installable via Composer:

composer require brick/reflection


This library requires PHP 8.0 or later.

Project status & release process

This library is still under development.

The current releases are numbered 0.x.y. When a non-breaking change is introduced (adding new methods, optimizing existing code, etc.), y is incremented.

When a breaking change is introduced, a new 0.x version cycle is always started.

It is therefore safe to lock your project to a given release cycle, such as 0.5.*.

If you need to upgrade to a newer release cycle, check the release history for a list of changes introduced by each further 0.x.0 version.


Here is a brief overview of the classes in this package.


This class is a collection of tools that build on top of PHP's reflection classes to provide additional functionality.

Just create an instance of ReflectionTools and you can use the following methods:

  • getClassMethods() returns reflections of all the non-static methods that make up one object, including private methods of parent classes.
  • getClassProperties() returns reflections of all the non-static properties that make up one object, including private properties of parent classes.
  • getClassHierarchy() returns the hierarchy of classes, starting from the first ancestor and ending with the class itself.
  • getReflectionFunction() returns a reflection object for any callable.
  • getFunctionName() returns a meaningful name for the given function, including the class name if it is a method.
  • exportFunctionSignature() exports a function's signature, such as public function foo(string $bar): int.


ImportResolver resolves class names to their fully qualified name, taking into account the current namespace and use statements of the PHP file they were used in.

This is particularly useful for parsing annotations such as @param ClassName $foo, where the FQCN of ClassName depends on the file it appears in, for example:


namespace App;

use Foo\Bar;
use Foo\Bar\Baz as Alias;

class Test {


You can create a resolver by passing any reflection object belonging to the PHP file as a context: a ReflectionClass, a ReflectionProperty, a ReflectionMethod or a ReflectionParameter:

use Brick\Reflection\ImportResolver;

$class = new ReflectionClass(App\Test::class);
$resolver = new ImportResolver($class);

echo $resolver->resolve('\Some\FQCN\Class'); // Some\FQCN\Class
echo $resolver->resolve('Something'); // App\Something
echo $resolver->resolve('Something\Else'); // App\Something\Else
echo $resolver->resolve('Bar'); // Foo\Bar
echo $resolver->resolve('Bar\tender'); // Foo\Bar\tender
echo $resolver->resolve('Alias'); // Foo\Bar\Baz
echo $resolver->resolve('Alias\ooka'); // Foo\Bar\Baz\ooka