In this guide, we will cover the installation of PHP Composer on Cpanel. Composer is a PHP dependency management tool. It allows you to declare the libraries your project depends on and it will manage (install/update) them for you.
Composer doesn’t come pre-installed with PHP or Cpanel and you’ll have to install it manually. Follow our steps below to install PHP Composer on Cpanel.
Step 1: Install required PHP modules in EasyApache
To use Composer, you must enable several PHP modules in EasyApache.
1. Login to your Cpanel WHM dashboard and search for
2. Click on the EasyApache 4 to enable PHP modules
3. Click on the button
4. Navigate to
PHP Extensions section
5. Search for extensions
Iconv & Mbstring to install.
6. Click on install toggle to enable installation for these extensions
7. On the Review Page, click the button
Provision to install the extensions.
8. If the installation was successful, you should receive the message
Provision process finished. Click Done.
Step 2: Set required PHP directives
You must update the following PHP directives in the
1. Navigate to
WHM > MultiPHP INI Editor > Editor Mode
2. Edit the INI settings of a PHP version on the dropdown menu. Add the following lines at the end of the
allow_url_fopen = On detect_unicode = Off
It should look like below
You must click “Save” to apply the new changes.
Step 3: Install PHP Composer on Cpanel Server
Now that we have our dependencies set correctly, ssh into your Cpanel Server and download Composer installer:
wget 'https://getcomposer.org/installer -O composer-installer.php
Run the installer script to deploy Composer globally:
php ./composer-installer.php --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer
You should see output like below:
All settings correct for using Composer Downloading... Composer (version 1.7.3) successfully installed to: /usr/local/bin/composer Use it: php /usr/local/bin/composer
You should be able to use
______ / ____/___ ____ ___ ____ ____ ________ _____ / / / __ \/ __ `__ \/ __ \/ __ \/ ___/ _ \/ ___/ / /___/ /_/ / / / / / / /_/ / /_/ (__ ) __/ / \____/\____/_/ /_/ /_/ .___/\____/____/\___/_/ /_/ Composer version 1.7.3 2018-11-01 10:05:06 Usage: command [options] [arguments] Options: -h, --help Display this help message -q, --quiet Do not output any message -V, --version Display this application version --ansi Force ANSI output --no-ansi Disable ANSI output -n, --no-interaction Do not ask any interactive question --profile Display timing and memory usage information --no-plugins Whether to disable plugins. -d, --working-dir=WORKING-DIR If specified, use the given directory as working directory. -v|vv|vvv, --verbose Increase the verbosity of messages: 1 for normal output, 2 for more verbose output and 3 for debug
To check for the installed version of composer, type the command:
# composer -V Composer version 1.7.3 2018-11-01 10:05:06
Here you go!. You now have Composer dependency Manager for PHP installed on your Cpanel Server. Other Cpanel articles available are: