In this blog post, we will discuss how to install Composer, the dependency manager for PHP, on Windows 10 using the XAMPP server. Composer is a popular tool for managing PHP project dependencies, and it’s essential for modern PHP development.
- Windows 10 installed on your computer
- XAMPP installed on your computer
Before starting the installation process, make sure you have installed XAMPP on your Windows 10 machine. If you haven’t, you can download it from the official XAMPP website.
Step 1: Download the Composer Installer
Visit the Composer download page and download the Composer-Setup.exe file. This is the official Windows installer for Composer.
Step 2: Run the Composer Installer
Once the download is complete, run the Composer-Setup.exe file. This will open the Composer Setup Wizard. Click Next to proceed with the installation.
Step 3: Configure the Installation
In this step, you need to select the PHP executable that comes with your XAMPP installation. By default, it should be located at:
If your XAMPP installation is in a different location, adjust the path accordingly. Click Next to proceed.
Step 4: Choose the System PATH
In the next step, you have the option to add Composer to your system’s PATH environment variable. This allows you to run Composer commands from any directory in the command prompt. We recommend selecting the “Add to PATH” option. Click Next to continue.
Step 5: Complete the Installation
Review the installation settings and click Install to start the installation process. Once the installation is completed, click Finish to close the setup wizard.
Step 6: Verify the Installation
To verify that Composer has been installed correctly, open the command prompt and run the following command:
If the installation was successful, you should see the Composer version displayed in the output.
You have now successfully installed Composer on your Windows 10 machine using XAMPP. You can now use Composer to manage dependencies for your PHP projects.