Testing Packages on Composer with Specific Commit Before Creating New Tag

Composer, which is a modern developer tool for dependency management for PHP. It is used to declare the dependencies your project depends on it and it manages them very well for you. It is incredibly flexible to manage the dependencies in various stage of your project.

Let's suppose you're releasing a new package, but before announcing a new major stable version, you want to test it thoroughly in the development branch.

Now, to use the specific git commit before publishing a new tag, composer offers a way to include the commit hash value directly via the command line or via the require block in the composer.json file.

composer require vendor/package:dev-master#0fcf728

or

    "require": {
        "vendor/package": "dev-master#0fcf728"
    }

The composer command above will check out your package version to that specific commit, so you can test the code properly before finally releasing a stable version.

Also Read: Speed up your Composer Install or Update Process

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