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Common files in PHP packages

Jordi Boggiano researched which files are common in PHP packages.

I queried GitHub’s API for the file listing (only the root directory) of all PHP packages listed on packagist.org.

What this let me do is look at what files are commonly present (and not), which is quite interesting to get a picture of the whole ecosystem.

In total, this includes file listings from 78’992 packages (no GitHub API was harmed in the making of this blog post though). And here are a few interesting things that surfaced:


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.