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Composer packages

Mako packages can be installed manually and via composer.


Installing a Mako package using composer is easy and only requires one single command:

composer require mako/image:*

Using composer makes it easy to manage dependencies between packages and upgrading packages can be done with one simple command in the CLI.

composer update

Package names must be lower case and can only contain ascii alphabet characters, numbers and underscores.

Creating packages

Mako composer packages require a composer.json file in the root of the package. Here's what a minimal composer.json file for a Mako package looks like:

	"name": "vendor-name/package_name",
	"type": "mako-package",
	"require": {
		"composer/installers": "*"

Here's what the composer.json file of a Twig view renderer package looks like:

	"name": "kula-shakerz/twig_renderer",
	"type": "mako-package",
	"description": "Twig view renderer for the Mako framework",
	"keywords": ["mako", "twig"],
	"homepage": "",
	"license": "BSD-3-Clause",
	"authors": [
			"name": "Frederic G. Østby",
			"email": ""
	"require": {
		"php": ">=5.3.1",
		"composer/installers": "*",
		"twig/twig": "1.*"

You'll notice that the type is set to mako-package and that the composer/installers package is required in both examples. This ensures that the packages will be installed in the app/packages directory.

Adding mako to the list of keywords makes it easier to find Mako packages in the packagist repository.

You can read more about composer at

Publishing packages

Read about how to publish a package at