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WordPress Packagist

This is the repository for wpackagist.org which allows WordPress plugins and themes to be managed along with other dependencies using Composer.

More info and usage instructions at wpackagist.org or follow us on Twitter @wpackagist.

For support and discussion, please use the issue tracker above.


Example composer.json:

    "name": "acme/brilliant-wordpress-site",
    "description": "My brilliant WordPress site",
    "require": {
    "autoload": {
        "psr-0": {
            "Acme": "src/"

WordPress core

This does not provide WordPress itself.

See https://github.com/fancyguy/webroot-installer or https://github.com/johnpbloch/wordpress.

How it works

WPackagist implements the wordpress-plugin and wordpress-theme Composer Installers (https://github.com/composer/installers).

It essentially provides a lookup table from plugin name to WordPress.org SVN repository. Plugin versions correspond to different tags in their repository, with the special dev-master version being mapped to trunk.

The lookup table is provided as many static JSON files. The entry point to these files can be found at https://wpackagist.org/packages.json. Each plugin and theme has its own JSON file detailing its versions; these can be found in https://wpackagist.org/p/wpackagist-plugin/ and https://wpackagist.org/p/wpackagist-theme/.

Running Wpackagist


  1. Make sure you have PDO with sqlite support enabled.
  2. Make sure [data](data/) is writable. Do NOT create data/packages.sqlite, it will be created automatically.
  3. Run composer install.
  4. Point your Web server to [web](web/). A [.htaccess](web/.htaccess) is provided for Apache.

Updating the database

The first database fetch may easily take 30-60 minutes, be patient.

  1. bin/cmd refresh: Query the WordPress.org SVN in order to find new and updated packages.
  2. bin/cmd update: Update the version information for packages identified in 1. Uses the WordPress.org API.
  3. bin/cmd build: Rebuild all .json files in web/.