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A PHP library for creating and reading (without the phar extension) PHP archives.

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A PHP library for creating and reading (without the phar extension) PHP archives.



Via Composer:

$ composer require "phine/phar=~1.0"


Building an Archive

To create a new archive, you will need to create a new Builder instance. There are two ways of doing this: using an existing Phar instance, or by creating a new one.

use Phine\Phar\Builder;

// using an existing Phar instance
$builder = new Builder($phar);

// create a new Phar instance
$builder = Builder::create('/path/to/archive.phar');

With the new Builder instance, you will now have access to a few methods that appear to be identical to that of the Phar class:

  • addEmptyDir()
  • addFile()
  • addFromString()
  • buildFromDirectory()
  • buildFromIterator()
  • setStub()

Truth be told, they have the exact same end result as their Phar counterparts. The difference being that each method can be observed, and the arguments passed to each method can be altered before the actual action (adding an empty directory, adding a file from disk, etc) is performed. The simplest example is performing a search and replace to all content added using the addFromString() method.

Observing an Action

The Builder class is based on the phine/observer library, so it may benefit you to read up on the documentation provided by that library. To observe an action (aka "subject"), you will need to create your own implementation of Phine\Observer\ObserverInterface.

use Phine\Observer\SubjectInterface;
use Phine\Observer\ObserverInterface;

 * Replaces occurrences of "{name}" with "world".
class Replace implements ObserverInterface
     * {@inheritDoc}
    public function receiveUpdate(SubjectInterface $subject)
        // get the arguments for the addFromString() method
        $arguments = $subject->getArguments();

        // replace "{name}" with "world"
        $arguments['contents'] = str_replace(

Now that we have our observer, we will need to register an instance of it with a builder event. In particular, we are interested in the Builder::ADD_STRING event, which is the event used by the builder for the addFromString() method.

// register our observer
$builder->observe(Builder::ADD_STRING, new Replace());

With the observer registered to the addFromString() method, whenever we call it all occurrences of {name} will be replaced with the string world. So, if we add the following:


echo "Hello, {name}!\n";

The message Hello, {name}! will be replaced with Hello, world!.

Available Events

There is one event for each archive related method:

  • Builder::ADD_DIR - For addEmptyDir().
  • Builder::ADD_FILE - For addFile().
  • Builder::ADD_STRING - For addFromString().
  • Builder::BUILD_DIR - For buildFromDirectory().
  • Builder::BUILD_ITERATOR - For buildFromIterator().
  • Builder::SET_STUB - For setStub().

As demonstrated in the example observer above, you can retrieve the arguments for each of these methods by calling the getArguments() method on the $subject that is provided. The name of the arguments are the same as the parameter names for the methods. You can find a complete list by viewing the API documentation.

Generating a Stub

The library provides a simple way of generating stubs for your archives. With the stub generator, you can incorporate the functionality provided by the Phar class, require files, or even embed some code to self-extract the archive if the phar extension is not installed.

use Phine\Phar\Stub;

$banner = <<<BANNER
This stub has been licensed under blah blah blah.

Copyright (c) 2199 Hulk Smash


The example above sets a banner comment, will set the stream alias to alias.phar, and will allow the archive to self-extract and run on machines that do not have the phar extension installed.

#!/usr/bin/env php

 * This stub has been licensed under blah blah blah.
 * Copyright (c) 2199 Hulk Smash

if (class_exists('Phar')) {
$include = 'phar://' . __FILE__;
} else {
$include = Extract::from(__FILE__)->to();
set_include_path($include . PATH_SEPARATOR . get_include_path());

require $include . '/src/hello.php';

final class Extract
    // ...snip...


You will want to read the API documentation to understand all of the features that the stub generator provides.

Extracting an Archive

If the phar extension is not installed and you need to extract the contents of an archive, the Extract class will be your friend. It will use the archive parser to read the manifest and extract its contents to the directory of your choice.

use Phine\Phar\Archive;
use Phine\Phar\Extract;

$archive = Archive::create('/path/to/archive.phar');

$extract = new Extract($archive);

Optionally, you may provide a callable as a second argument to extractTo(). The callable will receive an instance of Phine\Phar\Manifest\Entry, and will be used to determine if a file in the archive should be extracted.

use Phine\Phar\Manifest\Entry;

    function (Entry $entry) {
        if ('.php' !== substr($entry->getName(), -3, 3)) {
            return true; // skip this file

In the example above, the callable will check if each file ends in .php. If the file does not end in .php, it will be skipped by returning true. Any other value returned will be ignored by the Extract class.

Verifying a Signature

If you need to verify the signature of an archive on a machine that does not have the phar extension installed, you will want to use the Signature class. If you need to verify archives that have been signed using a private key, you will still need the openssl extension.

use Phine\Phar\Signature;

if (Signature::create('/path/to/archive.phar')->verifySignature()) {
    // the signature was successfully verified
} else {
    // the verification failed!


You can find the API documentation here. You may also be able to find tutorials, tips, and more on the wiki.


This library is available under the MIT license.