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Type:yii2-extension 2019-09-19 11:33 UTC



Yii 2 Core Bower Asset

Yii 2 core Bower packages for official Composer repository installation

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  • Install or update Bower assets for Yii 2 app via Composer without any plugin (Even v2.0.13 above)

  • Prevent the error of Bower packages when using Composer install & update for Yii2

    Problem 1

    - yiisoft/yii2 2.0.12 requires bower-asset/jquery 2.2.@stable | 2.1.@stable | 1.11.@stable | 1.12.@stable -> no matching package found.

  • Official install way by using original Composer repository

Got tired of fxp/composer-asset-plugin? It's a good project with nice idea and good implementation. But it has some issues: it slows down composer update a lot and requires global installation, so affects all projects. Also there are Travis and Scrutinizer integration special problems, that are a bit annoying.

Compare with Asset Packagist, this package only for installing the Bower packages for Yii2 app by using original Composer repository, which goals to makes Bower separated from Composer .

Supported Packages

This Bower asset supports Yii 2 core(yiisoft/yii2) such as widgets or validators.

For the Yii 2 application templates(yii2-app-basic & yii2-app-advanced), this also supports yii2-bootstrap and others for dependent packages such as yii2-debug & yii2-gii.


1. Require Package

In Yii2 composer.json, require yidas/yii2-bower-asset before yiisoft/yii2.

Example composer.json:

"require": {
    "php": ">=5.4.0",
    "yidas/yii2-bower-asset": "~2.0.5",
    "yiisoft/yii2": "~2.0.5",
    "yiisoft/yii2-bootstrap": "~2.0.0"

After above setting, you could run composer require yidas/yii2-bower-asset to install the package. It's same as yidas/yii2-composer-bower-skip which makes composer to install and update for Yii2 without Bower plugin.

2. Set Up Application Config

In Yii2 application config/web.php, added an alias named @bower pointed to @vendor/yidas/yii2-bower-asset/bower:

$config = [
    'aliases' => [
        '@bower' => '@vendor/yidas/yii2-bower-asset/bower'

This method is the better way with efficient and clean considering. Instead, you could also use installer to set up:

Install via Package Cloning Installer

Install via Alias Setting Installer

3. Remove Composer Asset-Packagist Repositories

If you are using the version 2.0.13 or higher of Yii, you may remove the repositories setting of composer.json to use original Composer repository.

Example segament to delete in composer.json :

"repositories": [
        "type": "composer",
        "url": "https://asset-packagist.org"

Finally, command composer update then enjoy it.


If you doesn't has Yii2 project yet, choose one of below ways to create:

Create Project via Composer

You can use Composer to create Yii2 project by using following package:


composer create-project --prefer-dist yidas/yii2-app-basic


composer create-project --prefer-dist yidas/yii2-app-advanced

These packages are Yii 2 Application Template with fixed Bower, which including yidas/yii2-bower-asset already.

Creating Project from Official Site

You could download Yii2 project from official Archive File, then manally install yii2-bower-asset on it by following above instruction.


If you don't want to Set Up Application Config but use installer instead, there are some ways you could chooses one of them to install:

Install via Package Cloning Installer

In Yii2 composer.json, add script yidas\\yii2BowerAsset\\Installer::bower in post-package-install & post-package-update event.

"scripts": {
    "post-package-install": [
    "post-package-update": [

Install via Alias Setting Installer

In Yii2 composer.json, add script yidas\\yii2BowerAsset\\Installer::setAlias in post-update-cmd event.

"scripts": {
    "post-package-install": [
    "post-package-update": [
    "unset-yii2-bower-asset": [

This installation will modify Yii2 file, you can run composer run-script unset-yii2-bower-asset to recover back.


Do not use Bower mixed with Composer project is the goal of this package.

  1. The variety of Bower packages are just for Yii2 cores.

  2. The versions of Bower packages are fixed to current Yii2 version.

  3. If you are requiring other Bower packages in Yii2, you could set the config fit to this package or not to use.