Migrate a Zend Framework project or third-party library to target Laminas, Expressive, and/or Apigility.

This tool will migrate:

  • Zend Framework MVC projects, all v2 and v3 releases.
  • Apigility projects, all versions
  • Expressive versions, all versions

For more details, please read the documentation and FAQ.


Via Composer

Install the library globally using Composer:

$ composer global require laminas/laminas-migration

Via cloning

Clone the repository somewhere:

$ git clone

Install dependencies:

$ cd laminas-migration
$ composer install

From there, either add the bin/ directory to your $PATH, symlink the bin/laminas-migration script to a directory in your $PATH, or create an alias to the bin/laminas-migration script using your shell:

# Adding to PATH:
$ export PATH=/path/to/laminas-migration/bin:$PATH
# Symlinking to a directory in your PATH:
$ cd $HOME/bin && ln -s /path/to/laminas-migration/bin/laminas-migration .
# creating an alias:
$ alias laminas-migration=/path/to/laminas-migration/bin/laminas-migration


Migrating a library or project

To migrate a library or project to Laminas, use the migrate command:

$ laminas-migration migrate [--no-plugin] [--exclude=|-e=] [--keep-locked-versions] [path]


  • [path] is the path to the project you want to migrate; if omitted, the command assumes the current working directory.

  • [--no-plugin] can be specified to omit adding the Composer plugin laminas/laminas-dependency-plugin to your library or project. We do not recommend using this option; the plugin ensures that any nested dependencies on Zend Framework packages will instead install the Laminas variants. There are very few cases where this behavior is not desired.

  • [--exclude=|-e=] can be used multiple times to specify directories to omit from the migration. Examples might include your data/ or cache/ directories.

  • [--keep-locked-versions] will synchronize your composer.json with the composer.lock packages before the migration starts. This will ensure that your projects stays on the same versions even after deleting the lock-file. Thus, after running composer install (after the migration finished, you can manually re-configure your composer.json again by using a diff-tool) and updating the composer.lock by just using composer update --lock. This wont trigger any update but refreshes the composer.lock to be back in sync with the composer.json again. Please note that we encourage to upgrade to the latest versions to avoid unexpected issues. If you experiencing issues after migration while using this flag we cannot offer support.

When done, you can check to see what files were changed, and examine the composer.json. Run composer install to install dependencies, and then test your application.

Forcing nested dependencies to resolve to Laminas packages

If you use the --no-plugin option to the migrate command, you can migrate nested dependencies manually using the nested-deps command:

$ laminas-migration nested-deps [path] [--composer=composer]


  • [path] is the path to the project for which you want to perform the operation; if omitted, the command assumes the current working directory.

  • --composer allows you to provide a custom path to the composer binary.

This will be a one-off operation. If you add dependencies later, or perform a composer update, you may need to re-run it.

Laminas Migration

Migrate Zend Framework MVC applications, Expressive applications, Apigility applications, or third-party libraries to target Laminas.

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