The most popular Composer / Packagist PHP packages

There’s no doubt that Composer is the way of the future for PHP, but Packagist (the package archiver) is woefully lacking in useful information.  Well actually, the information is there, there just isn’t a way to get at it.  For example, I was looking for an asset manager and typed in assets, and I couldn’t figure out how they were ordered… and there’s no way to reorder them.

I figured by now, someone MUST have built a user-ratings system for the packages. But after weeks of searching, I haven’t found any. So I figure I might as well start. Right now, I’ve only got a list of all the packages, and they’re ordered by descending total number of downloads:

It shouldn’t be too difficult to add in up and down ratings and comments. The biggest issue is getting the stats.  Packagist doesn’t have an api (that I can see) that exposes the packages’ info, like tags, downloads, and such. The info I have was a quick scrape, and that’s not something I want to keep doing.

So, here are the top 10 PHP composer packages by installs:

Package Description Downloads (as of 12/17/2012)
twig/twig Twig, the flexible, fast, and secure template language for PHP 279,980
symfony/symfony The Symfony PHP framework 231,115
doctrine/common Common Library for Doctrine projects 230,744
doctrine/dbal Database Abstraction Layer 217,669
monolog/monolog Logging for PHP 5.3 198,494
doctrine/orm Object-Relational-Mapper for PHP 197,518
swiftmailer/swiftmailer Swiftmailer, free feature-rich PHP mailer 172,327
kriswallsmith/assetic Asset Management for PHP 166,350
sensio/distribution-bundle The base bundle for the Symfony Distributions 149,974
sensio/framework-extra-bundle This bundle provides a way to configure your controllers with annotations 149,437

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