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Adding Composer Dependencies

Adding Composer Dependencies

In this guide you'll learn how to add Composer dependencies to your project.


All you need for this guide is a running Shopware 6 instance and full access to both the files and a running plugin. Of course you'll have to understand PHP, but that's a prerequisite for Shopware as a whole and will not be taught as part of this documentation. Further a basic understanding Node and NPM is required.

Adding a Composer plugin to the composer.json file

In this guide we will install exporter, which provides the functionality to export PHP variables for visualization.

We have to manually remove all of the references to Shopware itself from the composer.json file, that was created in the Plugin base guide, before we add our own dependencies to it. This is done to prevent composer from downloading Shopware into the vendor folder.

Now we can simply install exporter by running composer require sebastian/exporter in your plugin directory.

After that we have to add our dependency to shopware back in.


The vendor directory, where the Composer saves the dependencies, has to be included in the plugin bundle. The plugin bundle size is not allowed to exceed 5 MB.

Loading the autoload.php

The composer require command created the autoload.php that we now need to require in our plugin.

// <plugin root>/src/SwagBasicExample.php
if (file_exists(dirname(__DIR__) . '/vendor/autoload.php')) {
    require_once dirname(__DIR__) . '/vendor/autoload.php';

Using the Composer plugin

PHP doesn't require a build system, which means that we can just add use statements and then use the Composer dependency directly.

The following code sample imports SebastianBergmann\Exporter\Exporter and logs hello, world! to the Symfony profiler logs whenever the NavigationPageLoadedEvent is fired. Learn how to register this listener.

// <plugin root>/src/SwagBasicExample.php
namespace SwagBasicExample\Subscriber;

use Shopware\Core\Framework\DataAbstractionLayer\Event\EntityLoadedEvent;
use Symfony\Component\EventDispatcher\EventSubscriberInterface;
use Shopware\Storefront\Page\Navigation\NavigationPageLoadedEvent;

use Psr\Log\LoggerInterface;
use SebastianBergmann\Exporter\Exporter;

class MySubscriber implements EventSubscriberInterface
     private LoggerInterface $logger;

    public function __construct(
        LoggerInterface $logger
    ) {
        $this->logger = $logger;

    public static function getSubscribedEvents(): array
        // Return the events to listen to as array like this:  <event to listen to> => <method to execute>
        return [
            NavigationPageLoadedEvent::class => 'onNavigationPage'

    public function onNavigationPage(NavigationPageLoadedEvent $event)
        $exporter = new Exporter;
        $this->logger->info($exporter->export('hello, world!'));

Adding private Composer dependencies

You can bundle Composer dependencies with your plugin by adding them to the /packages/ folder of your plugin.

Example structure:

├── packages
│   └── my-private-dependency/
│       ├── composer.json
│       └── src/
│           └── SomeCoolService.php
├── src/
│   └── SwagBasicExample.php
└── composer.json

You can then require them like other dependencies:

"require": {
    "my-vendor-name/my-private-dependency": "^1.2.3",

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