How to Install Composer and PHP on Windows 10

How to Install Composer and PHP on Windows 10

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In this guide we will install Composer and PHP on Windows 10 so that we can install dependencies for our web apps directly from Windows command line.

1. Download and Install Visual C++

In order to run PHP on Windows 10, you will need to install Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio. You can download it from the Windows Download page or click the direct link below. In most cases you will need the 64 bit version unless your PC is old, in which case you will need the 32 bit version.

Once downloaded, run the installer and click Install.

Install Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015

2. Download and Extract PHP

Go to the Windows PHP download page and download the .zip of the version of PHP you require. In this guide, we are installing PHP 7.4 VC15 x64 Non Thread Safe, which is the latest version as of writing (Jan 2020).

Once downloaded, create a new folder in c:\php7 (or wherever you prefer) and extract your PHP zip to it.

PHP7 for Windows extracted

3. Add Path Environment Variable

So that you don’t have to type the whole path to php.exe every time you run a PHP command, you should add c:\php7 as a path environment variable.

Open System Properties by clicking the start menu and typing sysdm.cpl and press Enter.

Windows 10 view advanced system settings

In System Properties, click Environment Variables.

Windows 10 System Properties

In System Variables, click Path and then click Edit.

Click New, type the path to your PHP folder (c:\php7) and click OK.

Add new path environment variable Windows 10

Close the System Properties dialogue by clicking OK.

If you have any Command Prompt windows currently open, close them now.

Open Command Prompt, type php -v and press Enter. You should now see the PHP version.

Windows 10 PHP 7 in Command Prompt

4. Download and Install Composer

In the second step of Composer Setup, make sure the correct path to php.exe is set and click Next.

Installing Composer PHP Windows 10

If Setup prompts to create php.ini, allow it and click Next.

Skip the Proxy URL settings, just click Next then click Install.

Click Finish once install is complete.

5. Test Composer

Open up Command Prompt and type composer -V.

If all was installed correctly, you should see a version number.

Composer in Windows 10 command prompt

Hurrah! You can now run Composer and PHP on Windows 10.

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please i need a help
C:\php7>composer require phpoffice/phpspreadsheet
Using version ^1.10 for phpoffice/phpspreadsheet
./composer.json has been created
Loading composer repositories with package information
Updating dependencies (including require-dev)
Your requirements could not be resolved to an installable set of packages.

Problem 1
– phpoffice/phpspreadsheet 1.10.1 requires ext-gd * -> the requested PHP extension gd is missing from your system.
– phpoffice/phpspreadsheet 1.10.0 requires ext-gd * -> the requested PHP extension gd is missing from your system.
– Installation request for phpoffice/phpspreadsheet ^1.10 -> satisfiable by phpoffice/phpspreadsheet[1.10.0, 1.10.1].

To enable extensions, verify that they are enabled in your .ini files:
– C:\php7\php.ini
You can also run php --ini inside terminal to see which files are used by PHP in CLI mode.

Installation failed, deleting ./composer.json.