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1. Install Docker on your development environment

Docker allows cross platform development and has an easy to use CLI. It is available for Mac, Windows and Linux.

# go to and follow the instructions

2. Install PHP

PHP has many versions, Macbooks have PHP preinstalled, but usually this is an older version. Use the latest stable version with a Docker Image and set a local alias to quickly access PHP in the Terminal.

alias php="docker run --rm --interactive --tty --volume $PWD:/app -w /app php:8.2-cli php"

3. Install Composer

Composer is the package manager of PHP. It allows you to install and manage dependencies of your PHP projects.

docker pull composer/composer 
docker run 
--rm -it -"$(pwd):/app" composer/composer install 

# create a new folder for your project
mkdir php-example
cd php

# install your first package
composer require phpoffice/phpword

4. Create your first programm

In this program we create a Word document with program code and store it on your computer.

require __DIR__ "/vendor/autoload.php";
$phpWord = new \PhpOffice\PhpWord\PhpWord();

$section $phpWord->addSection();
'"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. '
'The important thing is not to stop questioning." '
'(Albert Einstein)'
$objWriter \PhpOffice\PhpWord\IOFactory::createWriter($phpWord'Word2007');

4. Run your program

Run your program to create your first Word Document

php example.php