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The Joomla Framework is a platform for writing Web and command line applications in PHP.

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What is the Joomla! Framework ?

The Joomla! Framework is a platform for writing web and command line applications in PHP. It is free and open source software, distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2 or later.

It is composed of code originally developed for the Joomla Content Management System (CMS). For more information about the Joomla CMS visit

For news and information about developing with Joomla, please visit

View the Joomla Framework API Documentation at and is powered by phpDocumentor 2.

You can discuss Joomla Framework development by joining the mailing list at


  • PHP 5.3.10
  • Each package has their own requirements as well. Ex: The Image package requires the PHP GD extension. Please see the composer.json in each package repository for these requirements.
  • Applications implementing the Joomla Framework must implement the 'JPATH_ROOT' constant which should be the root path of the application.


The simplest way to get up and running with the Joomla Framework is to use composer. Basic installation for composer can be found below, for additional information on installing composer, read the documentation.

curl -sS | php

Full Installation Via Composer

Composer has the ability to download the full stack framework (including all our packages) as a project starter using the "create-project" command. In the example below, "myAwesomeApp" is the folder where you want to create the project. It should not be created yet.

php composer.phar create-project --prefer-dist joomla/framework myAwesomeApp

If you are interested in working with the development code (in the master branch), and not a tagged stable distribution, then pass in the --stability="dev" command after --prefer-dist.

Package Installation Via Composer

There are two ways to add our packages to your existing composer powered application.

Adding packages manually to the require option in your composer.json.
    "require": {
        "joomla/PACKAGENAME": "VERSION"

and then run install (or update).

php composer.phar install
Adding packages using composer require
php composer.phar require joomla/packagename:version

Full Installation Via Git

git clone git://


General documentation about the Joomla Framework can be found under the /docs folder of this repository. In addition, each package has documentation in a file.

Reporting Bugs and Issue

Bugs and issues found in the Joomla Framework code can be reported on the Issues list. Even for distributed packages where the code is in another repo, please submit issues to this issue tracker.


All kind of contributions are welcome. Please read about how to contribute here.

You may find tasks you can do on the Issues list by filtering on labels and milestones.