Use Amazon Cloud9 with the Amazon SDK for PHP - Amazon SDK for PHP
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Use Amazon Cloud9 with the Amazon SDK for PHP

Amazon Cloud9 is a web-based integrated development environment (IDE) that contains a collection of tools that you use to code, build, run, test, debug, and release software in the cloud. You can use Amazon Cloud9 with the Amazon SDK for PHP to write and run your PHP code by using a browser. Amazon Cloud9 includes tools such as a code editor and terminal. Because the Amazon Cloud9 IDE is cloud based, you can work on your projects from your office, home, or anywhere by using an internet-connected machine. For general information about Amazon Cloud9, see the Amazon Cloud9 User Guide.

Follow these instructions to set up Amazon Cloud9 with the Amazon SDK for PHP:

Step 1: Set up your Amazon Web Services account to use Amazon Cloud9

To use Amazon Cloud9, sign in to the Amazon Cloud9 console from the Amazon Web Services Management Console.


If you are using Amazon IAM Identity Center to authenticate, you might need to add the required permission of iam:ListInstanceProfilesForRole to the user-attached policy in the IAM console.

To set up an IAM entity in your Amazon account to access Amazon Cloud9 and sign in to the Amazon Cloud9 console, see Team Setup for Amazon Cloud9 in the Amazon Cloud9 User Guide.

Step 2: Set up your Amazon Cloud9 development environment

After you sign in to the Amazon Cloud9 console, use the console to create an Amazon Cloud9 development environment. After you create the environment, Amazon Cloud9 opens the IDE for that environment.

For details, see Creating an Environment in Amazon Cloud9 in the Amazon Cloud9 User Guide.


As you create your environment in the console for the first time, we recommend that you choose the option to Create a new instance for environment (EC2). This option tells Amazon Cloud9 to create an environment, launch an Amazon EC2 instance, and then connect the new instance to the new environment. This is the fastest way to begin using Amazon Cloud9.

If the terminal isn’t already open in the IDE, open it. On the menu bar in the IDE, choose Window, New Terminal. You can use the terminal window to install tools and build your applications.

Step 3: Set up the Amazon SDK for PHP

After Amazon Cloud9 opens the IDE for your development environment, use the terminal window to set up the Amazon SDK for PHP in your environment.

Composer is the recommended way to install the Amazon SDK for PHP. Composer is a tool for PHP that manages and installs the dependencies of your project.

For more information on how to install Composer, configure autoloading, and follow other best practices for defining dependencies, see

Install Composer

If Composer is not already in your project, download and install Composer on the Download Composer page.

  • For Windows, follow the Windows Installer instructions.

  • For Linux, follow the Command-line installation instructions.

Add Amazon SDK for PHP as a dependency via Composer

If Composer is already installed globally on your system, run the following in the base directory of your project to install Amazon SDK for PHP as a dependency:

$ composer require aws/aws-sdk-php

Otherwise, type this Composer command to install the latest version of the Amazon SDK for PHP as a dependency.

$ php -d memory_limit=-1 composer.phar require aws/aws-sdk-php

Add autoloader to your php scripts

Installing Composer creates several folders and files in your environment. The primary file you will use is autoload.php, which is in the vendor folder in your environment.

To utilize the Amazon SDK for PHP in your scripts, include the autoloader in your scripts, as follows.

<?php require '/path/to/vendor/autoload.php'; ?>

Step 4: Download example code

Use the terminal window to download example code for the Amazon SDK for PHP into the Amazon Cloud9 development environment.

To download a copy of all the code examples used in the official Amazon SDK documentation into your environment’s root directory, run the following command:

$ git clone

The code examples for the Amazon SDK for PHP are located at ENVIRONMENT_NAME/aws-doc-sdk-examples/php directory, where ENVIRONMENT_NAME is the name of your development environment.

To follow along using an Amazon S3 example, we recommend starting with code example ENVIRONMENT_NAME/aws-doc-sdk-examples/php/example_code/s3/ListBuckets.php. This example will list your Amazon S3 buckets. Use the terminal window to navigate to the s3 directory and list the files.

$ cd aws-doc-sdk-examples/php/example_code/s3 $ ls

To open the file in Amazon Cloud9, you can click on the ListBuckets.php directly in the terminal window.

For more support in understanding code examples, see Amazon SDK for PHP Code Examples.

Step 5: Run example code

To run code in your Amazon Cloud9 development environment, choose the Run button in the top menu bar. Amazon Cloud9 automatically detects the .php file extension and uses the PHP (built-in web server) runner to run the code. However, for this example we actually want the PHP (cli) option. For more information about running code in Amazon Cloud9, see Run Your Code in the Amazon Cloud9 User Guide.

In the following screenshot, note these basic areas:

  • 1: Run. The Run button is located on the top menu bar. This opens a new tab for your results.


    You can also manually create new run configurations. On the menu bar, choose Run, Run Configurations, New Run Configuration.

  • 2: Command. Amazon Cloud9 populates the Command text box with the path and file name to the file you run. If your code expects any command line parameters to be passed in, these can be added to the command line in the same way that you would when running the code through a terminal window.

  • 3: Runner. Amazon Cloud9 detects that your file extension is .php and selects the PHP (built-in web server) Runner to run your code. Select PHP (cli) to run this example instead.

Choosing Run from the top menu bar of the Amazon Cloud9 IDE opens a new tab with the Command box populated and the PHP runner already selected.

Any output generated from the running code displays in the tab.