Programming language: PHP
License: BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
Latest version: v0.15.2
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The Phar Installation and Verification Environment (PHIVE)

Installation and verification of phar distributed PHP applications has never been this easy!

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Adding all the required tools like PHPUnit, PHPMD and phpDox in their matching versions to a project used to be a lot of repetitive work: Started by finding the download URL, figuring out what the actually correct and matching version is followed by verifying the sha1 and gpg signatures and making the archive executable. And of course you'd have to repeat this very thing for every tool needed.

Alternatively, you could have used composer. And cluttered your project's dependencies with the ones of your tools. And fight their potential dependency conflicts.

No more! Now you can rely on PHIVE to install and manage your project's tooling needs without all the hassle and without cluttered dependencies!

Getting PHIVE

Installation of PHIVE is easy and about the last time you have to do anything phar related manually. Grab your copy of PHIVE from the releases section at our GitHub page or follow these simple steps:

wget -O phive.phar "https://phar.io/releases/phive.phar"
wget -O phive.phar.asc "https://phar.io/releases/phive.phar.asc"
gpg --keyserver hkps://keys.openpgp.org --recv-keys 0x6AF725270AB81E04D79442549D8A98B29B2D5D79
gpg --verify phive.phar.asc phive.phar
rm phive.phar.asc
chmod +x phive.phar
mv phive.phar /usr/local/bin/phive


If you have Homebrew you can easily install it with:

brew install phive

Getting started

phive expects a command to be specified to run. To get a list of available commands and their respective options, you can can run phive either with --help, help or without any additional parameters. To give you a general idea on how to use it, have a look at the following sample usages.

Sample Usages

Once installed, PHIVE is ready for action. Some example invocations are shown below:

phive install phpunit
phive install --copy phpdox
phive install phpdox bin/phpdox
phive install https://phar.phpunit.de/phpunit-4.8.6.phar
phive install --temporary [email protected]~5.0

phive update
phive update --prefer-offline
phive update phpunit

How it works

PHIVE makes installation easy by downloading the phar archive from the given location, including the verification of the certificate supplied by the server. Once downloaded, the archive's SHA1/SHA256/SHA512 hash is verified and so its OpenPGP/GnuPG or OpenSSL signature.

Instead of redownloading the same phar multiple times, the archive is kept at a shared location (by default in ~/.phive) and only a symbolic link is created for the project. You can of course also explicitly request a copy of the phar to be made in favor of symbolic links (use --copy).


PHIVE and phar.io are open source projects released under the BSD license. You are welcome to join the development team!

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Phive README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.