Load bundle without composer.json in Symfony2.3

This is how I loaded a legacy budle without composer.json in a custom location for my Symfony2.3project with composer.

In one of my Symfony2.3 projects I needed to use an old external bundle. This legacy bundle (from Symfony2.0) hasn’t a composer.json file and in my case I can not add one.

Anyway, I wanted to use composer and its autoloader also for this bundle in order to keep things simple for me.

Let’s assume I wanted to add TwitterClientBundle and its namespace is: Razvan\TwitterClientBundle

For this I added in my composer.json the following:

    "name": "symfony/framework-standard-edition",
    "license": "MIT",
    "type": "project",
    "description": "The \"Symfony Standard Edition\" distribution",
    "autoload": {
        "psr-0": {
            "": "src/",
            "Razvan\\TwitterClientBundle": "vendor/razvan/twitter-client-bundle"
    "repositories": [
     "type": "package",
     "package": {
         "name": "razvan/twitter-client-bundle/Razvan/TwittereClientBundle",
         "version": "4.4.3",
         "source": {
             "url": "https://github.com/raztud/TwittereClientBundle",
             "type": "git",
             "reference": "master"
    "require": {
        "razvan/twitter-client-bundle/Razvan/TwitterClientBundle": "*"

After that I ran:

php composer.phar update razvan/twitter-client-bundle

and the bundle was added in /path/to/yourproject/vendor/razvan/twitter-client-bundle/


razvan@main2:/var/www/twitter/vendor/razvan/twitter-client-bundle$ tree
--- Razvan
    --- TwitterClientBundle
        --- DependencyInjection
             --- RazvanTwitterClientExtension.php
        --- RazvanTwitterClientBundle.php
        --- Manager

After that I enabled the bundle in AppKernel.php

new Razvan\TwitterClientBundle\RazvanTwitterClientBundle()

and this was all.


  • Maybe there are better solution, but I did not find them yet.
  • The bundle RazvanTwitterBundle doesn’t exist on Github.

P.S. Somebody else wrote a similar post in the past.