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k0pernikus February 2016

How to always use ignore-platform-reqs flag when running composer?

On my local machine, I have php v7.0.3. A project of mine has a dependency on php v5.5.

So as expected, a simple run of composer install crashes:

Your requirements could not be resolved to an installable set of packages.

  Problem 1
    - This package requires php ~5.5 but your PHP version (7.0.3) does not satisfy that requirement.

I know I can ignore the platform via:

composer install --ignore-platform-reqs

yet I often forget to add the flag. Yet since the application runs inside a docker container, a mismatching php can install the dependencies just as fine.

So I am wondering if there is a way to make my local composer always assume --ignore-platform-reqs in order to not having to type it.

I like to avoid setting an alias and have it work on composer config level.


Alex Blex February 2016

It's recommended to fake php version, rather than ignore platform requirements. Add


to your ~/.composer/config.json or use composer config -g -e to edit it.

An example of sufficient config to fake php version:

    "config": {

It may have much more options though.

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