My plugin requires vendor library dependencies and api keys set. What is the recommended way to register an external library? I would also like to configure the public api keys separately for stage and production environments — is there a way to set these in craft/config with the rest of the multi-environment configuration? Or is it better to create a plugin config file of some kind?

Currently I am having to include these in each of my service methods (and something similar again in my javascript files):

private function _saveStripeCustomer($account, $token = NULL)
    require_once(CRAFT_PLUGINS_PATH . 'businesslogic/vendor/stripe/lib/Stripe.php');

    // ...

I'm not familiar with composer. I don't know if that can perhaps help here.

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There's already a package for Stripe: https://packagist.org/packages/stripe/stripe-php

  1. Install composer.

  2. Add a composer.json file in your plugin's root folder.

  3. Add this to the composer.json file:

    { "require": { "stripe/stripe-php": "1.17.2" } }

  4. Run php composer.phar update from your plugin's root folder.

  5. The library will be installed in a /vendor folder in your plugin.

  6. Add an init() method to your main plugin's class file with this in it:

    require CRAFT_PLUGINS_PATH.'/pluginhandle/vendor/autoload.php';

And you're done.

Composer will handle autoloading all of the class files, so you don't need to worry about it.

If you ever want to update the Stripe library to a newer release, grab the version number from the packagist site, update your composer.json file with it and run php composer.phar update again.

  • Thanks! You're the master. One problem getting this reply in console: Could not open input file: composer.phar I tried using sudo as well. Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 21:10
  • Hold on. Missing step 1. ;) Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 21:18
  • Got it. Thanks. That's great! So, regarding multi-environment config for API key? Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 21:27
  • Oh, didn't even read that part. Probably better to edit this to have the "dependency" question and add a new one for the API key.
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 21:50

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