Composer Satis

To manage private composer packages you can either use a private packagist account or host it for free by yourself with composer satis. The latter is as easy as cloning the official composer satis repository and editing the config file. Satis will then build a static html site with your packages. This guide shows you how to quickly setup satis on your Uberspace account.


For this guide you should be familiar with the basic concepts of


Clone the satis repository

Use composer to create a new satis project locally:

[isabell@stardust ~] composer create-project composer/satis --stability=dev --keep-vcs


Configure satis

Create a json config file (e.g. /home/$USER/satis/satis.json) with your private composer packages inside:

  "name": "My Satis Repository",
  "homepage": "",
  "require-all": true,
  "repositories": [
    { "type": "vcs", "url": "" },
    { "type": "vcs", "url": "" }

Create a script for building

Create a shell script (e.g. /home/$USER/bin/satisupdate) that keeps the call for the build step:


# change into satis folder
cd /home/$USER/satis/

# update satis
php bin/satis build satis.json "/home/$USER/html/" --no-interaction --quiet

Build static site

Now you can build the static packages site with the following command:

[isabell@stardust ~] satisupdate

This will build the static site inside your Uberspace document root (/home/$USER/html).

Optional tips

Automate the building with a cron job

To automate the building of the static site you can add a cron job, e.g.:

*/5 * * * * /home/$USER/bin/satisupdate

You can learn more about cronjobs in the uberspace manual cron article.

Add your custom domain

If you want to use a custom domain you can add it to your uberspace by following the steps of the uberspace manual domains article.

After that you can add your domain to the third line of the satis config file containing the word homepage.


To update the satis tool you just have to pull the latest changes and run composer install:

[isabell@stardust ~] cd /home/$USER/satis/
[isabell@stardust satis] git pull
[isabell@stardust satis] composer install

Tested with Satis 1.0.0, Uberspace 7.13, PHP 8.1

Written by: Pascal Iske <>