The ModuleAutoloader

Zend\Loader\ModuleAutoloader is a special implementation of the SplAutoloader interface, and is consumed by zend-modulemanager to autoload Module classes from different locations.

Apart from being able to autoload modules from directories, the ModuleAutoloader can also autoload modules packaged as Phar archives, which allows for packaging your modules in a single file for easier distribution. Supported archive formats are: .phar, .phar.gz, .phar.bz2, .phar.tar, .phar.tar.gz, .phar.tar.bz2,, .tar, tar.gz, .tar.bz2 and .zip. It is, however, recommended to avoid compressing your packages (be it either gz, bz2 or zip compression), as it introduces additional CPU overhead to every request.


As the ModuleAutoloader is meant to be used with the ModuleManager, for examples of it's usage and how to configure it, please see the Module Autoloader Usage documentation.

Configuration Options

The ModuleAutoloader expects an array of options, where each option is either a path to scan for modules, or a key/value pair of explicit module paths. In the case of explicit module paths, the key is the module's name, and the value is the path to that module.

$options = [
    'MyModule' => '/explicit/path/mymodule-v1.2'

Available Methods


__construct(array|Traversable $options = null) : void

Initialize and configure the object; if $options are provided, they will be passed to setOptions().


setOptions(array|Traversable $options) : void

Configures the state of the autoloader, registering paths to modules. $options will be passed to registerPaths().


autoload(string $class) : false|string

Attempts to load the specified Module class. Returns a boolean false on failure, or a string indicating the class loaded on success.


register() : void

Registers the autoload() method of the current instance with spl_autoload_register().


unregister() : void

Unregisters the autoload() method of the current instance with spl_autoload_unregister().


registerPaths(array|Traversable $paths) : void

Register paths to modules. For an example array, please see the Configuration options section.


registerPath(string $path, string $moduleName = false) : void

Register a single path with the autoloader. The first parameter, $path, is expected to be a string. The second parameter, $moduleName, is expected to be a module name, which allows for registering an explicit path to that module.


getPaths() : string[]

Returns an array of all the paths registered.

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