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Composer on Azure Websites
command = "D:\Program Files (x86)\PHP\v5.3\php.exe" build_azure.php

Composer on Azure Websites

Pending this Pull Request you can make Composer run on Azure as post deployment command.

The way Azure Websites works, this doesn't affect your site at all. The composer installation is run, and after that completed successfully, the webroot is symlinked to the new checkout.

To get this working before the PR is merged, checkout my composer fork, call ./bin/compile and use the generated composer.phar file as part of your git repository.

if (!file_exists("composer.phar")) {
$url = '';
file_put_contents("composer.phar", file_get_contents($url));
$_SERVER['argv'][1] = "update";
$_SERVER['argv'][2] = "--prefer-dist";
$_SERVER['argv'][3] = "-v";
require "composer.phar";
function copyFiles()
if (!isset($_SERVER['DEPLOYMENT_TARGET'])) {
echo "Cannot find pyhsical path to application root.\n";
echo "There should be an 'DEPLOYMENT_TARGET' env variable.\n";
echo "Copying code to webroot\n";
function copyDirectory($source, $target)
$it = new RecursiveDirectoryIterator($source, RecursiveDirectoryIterator::SKIP_DOTS);
$ri = new RecursiveIteratorIterator($it, RecursiveIteratorIterator::SELF_FIRST);
if ( !file_exists($target)) {
mkdir($target, 0777, true);
foreach ($ri as $file) {
$targetPath = $target . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $ri->getSubPathName();
if ($file->isDir()) {
if ( ! file_exists($targetPath)) {
} else if (!file_exists($targetPath) || filemtime($targetPath) < filemtime($file->getPathname())) {
copy($file->getPathname(), $targetPath);

Instead of hardcoding "D:\Program Files (x86)" I you should be able to use environment variables like %ProgramFiles(x86)%


@davidfowl Thanks for the suggestion, but

command = "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\PHP\v5.3\php.exe" azurecomposer.php

fails with:

remote: 'D:\Program' is not recognized as an internal or external command,

So even if i escape with " - it gets borked by the space.


Added a ticket on kudu: projectkudu/kudu#221

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