Composer is a tool for dependency management in PHP. It allows you to declare the libraries your project depends on and it will manage (install/update) them for you.

Composer is not a package manager in the same sense as Yum or Apt is. Although it deals with "packages" or libraries, it manages them on a per-project basis, installing them in a directory (e.g. vendor) inside your project. By default, it does not install anything globally. Thus, it is a dependency manager.

In this guide, we will install PHP Composer on CentOS 7.

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Updating System Packages
It is recommended that you update the system to the latest packages before beginning any significant installations. Issue the command below:

sudo yum update -y

Install PHP 7: You can read this guide on installing PHP 7 on your CentOS7 server if you don't have PHP 7 installed.

Next, install the PHP Command Line Interface package and other dependencies by issuing the command below:

sudo yum install php-cli php-zip wget unzip

After installing the PHP CLI package, proceed to download the Composer installer script by issuing the command below:

php -r "copy('', 'composer-setup.php');"

We can verify the data integrity of the downloaded script by comparing the script SHA-384 hash with the latest installer hash found on the Composer Public Keys/Signatures page.

Issue the command below:

HASH="$(wget -q -O -"

Next, issue the command below to verify that the installation script is not corrupted run the following command:

php -r "if (hash_file('SHA384', 'composer-setup.php') === '$HASH') { echo 'Installer verified'; } else { echo 'Installer corrupt'; unlink('composer-setup.php'); } echo PHP_EOL;"

Lastly, we can now issue the following command to install Composer in the /usr/local/bin directory:

sudo php composer-setup.php --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer

You can also issue the command "composer" to print Composer’s version, commands, and arguments as shown below:

You can read the official Composer documentation for more information on Composer.