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PHP, Composer and Docker on Mac OS X

Mac OS X is shipped with outdated PHP versions. You can install a more current version via Homebrew or download the latest version from Liip.

After installing a custom PHP version, you should add its path to your PATH in ~/.bash_profile:

export PATH="/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/php5/bin:$PATH"

Composer is available for download at (follow the instructions). Please add /usr/local/bin to your path in ~/.bash_profile and move composer there instead of keeping composer.phar in your local project directory:

sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

Docker - a free tool that provides easy-to-use container virtualization - is available for download at

To properly work with JavaScript, you should also install NodeJS (includes npm) and Yarn:

sudo npm install -g yarn