Installing composer manually and setting composer path in windows 7


Here is, How you can install composer from command prompt and access by composer command in WINDOWS 7.

Go to php.exe located folder. if you are using WampServer, probably


press and hold CTRL + SHIFT together and right click inside folder, and select "open command window here ".

Copy and paste this code in CMD.

php -r "readfile('');" | php

If everything's fine, it will show message like,
#!/usr/bin/env php
All settings correct for using Composer
Composer successfully installed to: C:\wamp\bin\php\php5.5.12\composer.phar
Use it: php composer.phar

you can see composer.phar file in same folder.

Go to C:/ drive and create a folder named composer

Move downloaded composer.phar to that folder.

Create composer.bat file in same folder and copy below contents to that file.

php "%~dp0composer.phar" %*

create composer file. without any extensions, you can do this by opening CMD in this folder and typing type NUL > composer without Quotes.

and drag that  file to your text editor, preferably notepad++ . and paste below contents.

dir=$(d=$(dirname "$0"); cd "$d" && pwd)
# see if we are running in cygwin by checking for cygpath program
if command -v 'cygpath' >/dev/null 2>&1; then
  # cygwin paths start with /cygdrive/ which will break windows PHP,
 # so we need to translate the dir path to windows format. However
 # we could be using cygwin PHP which does not require this, so we
 # test if the path to PHP starts with /cygdrive/ rather than /usr/bin.
 if [[ $(which php) == /cygdrive/* ]]; then
    dir=$(cygpath -m $dir);
dir=$(echo $dir | sed 's/ /\ /g')
php "${dir}/composer.phar" $*


Now 3 files will be there inside composer folder.

Now, set PATH to composer so we can access composer by just typing composer in CMD.

  • Show Desktop.
  • Right Click My Computer shortcut in the desktop.
  • Click Properties.
  • You should see a section of control Panel - Control Panel\System and Security\System.
  • Click Advanced System Settings on the Left menu.
  • Click Environment Variables towards the bottom of the window.
  • Select PATH in the user variables list.
  • Append your PHP Path (C:\composer) to your PATH variable, separated from the already existing string by a semi colon.
  • Click OK

restart computer.
If you dont want to restart computer, there is an alternate way,

Open CMD and copy paste below lines.

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

Open a new command prompt, and type composer 

Now you should see composer is installed and working properly.

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