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This autoloader supports every autoloadable PHP feature up to PHP 5.4’s traits. It find’s every class, interface or traits definition in any situation. No matter what convention is used. The autoloader is index based. After building the index there will be no performance issue. The building is done

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The Autoloader works out of the box as simple as possible. You have nothing more to do than include the file autoloader.php. Don't bother the time it consumes when it's called the first time. Let it build its index. The second time it will run as fast as light.

The simplest and probably most common use case shows this example:


require __DIR__ . "/autoloader/autoloader.php";
$myObject = new MyClass();


class MyClass extends MyParentClass



class MyParentClass


As you can see it's only necessary to require autoloader.php once. If this is done in the document root of your classes (index.php in this case) the Autoloader is already configured. After requiring this file you don't have to worry where your classes reside.

Another use case would have the class path outside of your document root. As the autoloader has no knowledge of this arbitrary path you have to tell him where your class path is:


use malkusch\autoloader\Autoloader;

require __DIR__ . "/autoloader/autoloader.php";

// As the guessed class path is wrong you should remove this Autoloader.

// register your arbitrary class path
$autoloader = new Autoloader($classpath);

// You might also have more class paths
$autoloader2 = new Autoloader($classpath2);

If you have the possibility to enable PHP's tokenizer you should do this. Otherwise the Autoloader has to use a parser based on PCRE which is not as reliable as PHP's tokenizer.

The Autoloader assumes that a class name is unique. If you have classes with equal names the behaviour is undefined.

Generating a portable autoloader

autoloader/bin/autoloader-build.php can generate a portable autoloader for your project. Specify each class path with the parameter --classpath. If you have more class paths you have to use the parameter more times. The parameter --deploypath tells the script where the portable autoloader and its index files will be stored. Afterwards your project can use the generated autoloader. In the deploy path you will find an autoloader.php. Your project must include this file.


Your project looks like this:

  • ./project/index.php
  • ./project/classes/*.php
  • ./project/moreClasses/*.php

You want to deploy a portable autoloader in project/autoloader for the class paths project/classes and project/moreClasses:

# autoloader-build.php \
    --classpath project/classes \
    --classpath project/moreClasses \
    --deploypath project/autoloader

This generates a portable autoloader in project/autoloader/autoloader.php. You have to include this autoloader in your index.php:

include __DIR__ . "/autoloader/autoloader.php";

Now index.php find's all classes.

Note: This generated portable autoloader is a very small autoloader. It's nothing more than a stored index off all your classes during generation time. You have to regenerate the autoloader each time you change something in your class path.