Installing Composer Globally in Mac OSX El Capitan

The Problem

Apple have tightened up their security in the latest release of OSX.

I am not hugely familiar with Composer and other command line interfaces.In order to learn I wanted to get Composer installed globally to make life a little easier.

Previously it was possible to drop the file in the /usr/bin folder and away you went. I had used this method before and it went very smoothly. This is no longer the case with El Capitan.

The Solution

Now you need to do the following:

$ curl -sS | php

Others have suggested that you can then run this command to install globally:

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

However, I found that I got an error saying that the directory didn’t exist, so I needed a further step to actually manually create the directory (I suggest in a separate Terminal window/tab so you don’t lose your place):

$ cd /usr/local
$ sudo makedir bin

Then you can run the command:

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

This should enable you to run Composer with the simpler command:

$ composer

Learn More AboutĀ Composer

Running the command above will return theĀ full list of functions available using Composer. You can also visit for more information.

I hope this was useful for those like me that are just learning and have problems that more advanced developers overlook.