Composer: PHP Fatal error: Allowed memory size exhausted

KC Müller
Aug 13, 2018 · 1 min read

This error can occur especially when you are updating large libraries or libraries with a lot of dependencies. Composer can be quite memory hungry.

Be sure that your composer itself is updated to the latest version:

php composer.phar --self-update

You can increase the memory limit for composer temporarily by adding the composer memory limit environment variable:

COMPOSER_MEMORY_LIMIT=128MB php composer.phar update

Use the format “128M” for megabyte or “2G” for gigabyte. You can use the value “-1” to ignore the memory limit completely.

Another way would be to increase the PHP memory limit:

php -d memory_limit=512M composer.phar update ...

For further informations, visit the composer troubleshooting page.

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