A Composer package which installs the PhantomJS binary (Linux, Windows, Mac) into `/bin` of your project.

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2.0.0 2015-03-08 12:51 UTC


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A Composer package which installs the PhantomJS binary (Linux, Windows, Mac) into /bin of your project.


To install PhantomJS as a local, per-project dependency to your project, simply add a dependency on jakoch/phantomjs-installer to your project's composer.json file.

    "require": {
        "jakoch/phantomjs-installer": "2.0.0"
    "config": {
        "bin-dir": "bin"
    "scripts": {
        "post-install-cmd": [
        "post-update-cmd": [

For a development dependency, change require to require-dev.

The version number of the package specifies the PhantomJS version! If you specify "dev-master" the version "2.0.0" will be fetched. If you specify a explicit commit reference with a version, e.g. "dev-master#commit-ref as [version]", then [version] will be used.

The download source used is: https://bitbucket.org/ariya/phantomjs/downloads/

By setting the Composer configuration directive bin-dir, the vendor binaries will be installed into the defined folder. Important! Composer will install the binaries into vendor\bin by default.

The scripts section is necessary, because currently Composer does not pass events to the handler scripts of dependencies. If you leave it away, you might execute the installer manually.

Now, assuming that the scripts section is set up as required, the PhantomJS binary will be installed into the /bin folder and updated alongside the project's Composer dependencies.

How does this work internally?

  1. Fetching the PhantomJS Installer In your composer.json you require the package "phantomjs-installer". The package is fetched by composer and stored into ./vendor/jakoch/phantomjs-installer. It contains only one file the PhantomInstaller\\Installer.

  2. Platform-specific download of PhantomJS The PhantomInstaller\\Installer is run as a "post-install-cmd". That's why you need the "scripts" section in your "composer.json". The installer creates a new composer in-memory package "phantomjs", detects your OS and downloads the correct Phantom version to the folder ./vendor/jakoch/phantomjs. All PhantomJS files reside there, especially the examples.

  3. Installation into /bin folder The binary is then copied from ./vendor/jakoch/phantomjs to your composer configured bin-dir folder.