Installing phpDocumentor

Installing phpDocumentor issues solved!

Installing phpDocumentor should be easy. At least, I read here and there in the Internet, besides of course in the official website,  that you have many options to install it, one easier of the previous one!

So I was absolutely confident that in a bunch of minutes I'd have been able to run phpDocumentor and create the documentation for my new Php class.

Do you know? I was wrong. This is what happened.


The first thing I tried it has been to use the .phar file. I know the first way they suggest is to use PEAR, but I have had a positive experience about using .phar files just a day before: I wanted to have php-cs-fixer setup and running in Atom and after several attempts I ended up using php-cs-fixer.phar file. So, when ti came the moment to install phpDocumentor I told myself: "why should I have to struggle with the command line, dependencies issues and the rest when I can just download a single, wonderful file and put in my php directory?" Done! Once I had phpDocumentor.phar installed, I have opened the command prompt directly in my class folder and typed


Could not open input file: "phpDocumentor.phar"

Installing phpDocumentor with Composer

Wooops, what's this? Started googling a bit, but with no success, so I sadly abandoned the .phar file and I went on with Composer. worst than before!

phpdoc is not recognized as an internal or external command

To Google or not to Google? No, I don't want to waste time to understand why something is told to work doesn't work (not talking about Composer itself, which is a great tool I use in several occasions, just talking about installing phpDocumentor via Composer). Filed attempt.

Installing phpDocumentor with PEAR

I always had good experience installing php extensions through PEAR so I thought it would have worked even installing phpDocumentor. I typed the following command and I eagerly awaited the response:

Wow, everything seemed to go fine! Once the process has finished, I have done another attempt to create my documentation typing the usual command:

Aaarrghhh!!! The command prompt window has been filled with a lot of warnings and errors related to Smarty templates!

The solution

I will spare you the details. I just say that thirty/forty minutes of googling gave me the solution: downloading the version 2.9.0 directly from Github. I went to and clicked to the compressed file with the name phpDocumentor-2.9.0.tgz to download it and... Don't ask me why, maybe that day I was terribly unlucky, but the download was terribly slow, it stopped several times and once it has been completed, the archive was corrupted!

The true solution!

Fortunately I have found another website which allows to download that file: Finally, I've got the file. I put it in a temporary folder, opened the command prompt and simply typed:

A small adjustement to the file phpdoc.bat is still missing. Go in your php folder (In my Windows 10 partition I have installed xampp, so my php is located in C:\xampp\php folder) and open phpdoc.bat with a text editor. It should look like this:

Just change the last line replacing  "%PHP_PEAR_BIN_DIR%\phpdoc"  with the plain full path to your phpdoc file. In my case, the resulting phpdoc.bat file looks liek this:

That's all, now it works! And I've got my full documentation with my favourite template:

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