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php – Loading Vendor Files in CakePHP 2.0

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I’m currently upgrading one of our projects to CakePHP 2.0. Unfortunately the “first line” of code makes problems, and I can’t find a solution to that problem.

In CakePHP 1.3 I had an App::import("Vendor", "facebook"); statement right before the AppController class gets defined. The referenced file is located under /app/vendors/facebook/facebook.php (and includes itself the base_facebook.php file).

I tried many different ways to include the file now in CakePHP 2.0 according to the File naming and class loading described here: File naming and class loading changes in CakePHP 2.0

I renamed the path to app/Vendor/Facebook/Facebook.php, or app/Vendor/Facebook/facebook.php, and tried following methods:

App::uses("Facebook", "Vendor/Facebook");
App::uses("Facebook", "Facebook");
App::uses("Facebook", "Vendor/Facebook/Facebook.php");
App::uses("Facebook", "Vendor");

Has anyone find a way to reference a vendor file yet? Because of the lazy loading the methods above do not fire an error/warning, so it’s kind of annoying to debug this…

How to&Answers:

Vendors cannot be loaded using App::uses() in CakePHP, this is because CakePHP cannot expect external libraries to follow the same standards regarding folder and file naming. You can still use App::import('Vendor', ...) as you did in version 1.3 of the framework.

Now, using App::import() for vendors is kind of silly, if you think about it. It is just an expensive, verbose and very silly wrapper for require_once().

In 2.0, we actually encourage people to use require or require_once for their Vendor libraries. You can get the location of the Vendor folder using App::path('Vendor') or just APP . 'Vendor' . DS.


Cake documentation suggest using App::uses()

However, it also states if you have a non-stanard plugin to use App::Import()

App::import('Vendor', 'phpQuery', array('file' => 'bariew/phpquery/phpQuery/phpQuery.php'));


Assume you’r vendor file located /app/vendors/facebook/facebook.php here.

The following line should do the same like App:: import() in the older version of CakePHP

 require_once(ROOT . DS . 'app' . DS .'Vendor' . DS  . 'facebook' . DS . 'src' . DS . 'facebook.php');

 $facebookApi = new facebook();