Integrate PHP_Depend with phpUnderControl

The newest version of phpUnderControl has now basic support for PHP_Depend. With PHPUnit deprecating support for metrics, it’s just about the time to switch. And it’s not as complicated as it might sound.

First of all you need to install PHP_Depend. Using pear it’s the easiest and quickest way to do it. If you haven’t registered PHP_Depend pear channel yet, it is time to do it now:

141:~ sebmarek$ sudo pear channel-discover
Adding Channel "" succeeded
Discovery of channel "" succeeded

After that simply use pear to install the latest version of PHP_Depend:

141:~ sebmarek$ sudo pear install pdepend/PHP_Depend-beta
Did not download optional dependencies: pecl/imagick, use --alldeps to download automatically
pdepend/PHP_Depend can optionally use package "pecl/imagick" (version >= 2.2.0b2)
downloading PHP_Depend-0.9.11.tgz ...
Starting to download PHP_Depend-0.9.11.tgz (323,787 bytes)
..................................................................done: 323,787 bytes
install ok: channel://

and confirm that PHP_Depend installed successfully:

141:~ sebmarek$ pdepend --version
PHP_Depend 0.9.11 by Manuel Pichler

The next step is to modify your project’s build file. If you don’t use phpunit configuration xml file the change is really simple. Just remove –log-metrics option from your phpunit ant task:

<target name="phpunit">
    <exec dir="/pth/to/your/module" executable="phpunit" failonerror="true">
        <arg line="--log-junit ${basedir}/build/logs/phpunit.xml
                   --log-metrics ${basedir}/build/logs/phpunit.metrics.xml
                   --coverage-xml ${basedir}/build/logs/phpunit.coverage.xml
                   --coverage-html ${basedir}/build/coverage" />

If you use phpunit xml file remove relevant entry from logging section:

    <log type="coverage-html" target="/path/to/build/coverage/" charset="UTF-8" yui="true" highlight="false" lowUpperBound="35" highLowerBound="70"/>
    <log type="coverage-clover" target="/path/to/build/logs/phpunit.coverage.xml"/>
    <log type="junit" target="/path/to/build/logs/phpunit.test.xml" logIncompleteSkipped="true"/>
    <log type="metrics-xml" target="/path/to/build/logs/metrics.xml"/>

Finally just add new ant task in the build file that will run pdepend and generate metrics xml file and additional graphs.

<target name="php-depend">
    <exec executable="pdepend" dir="${basedir}/Source" logerror="on">
        <arg line="--phpunit-xml=${basedir}/build/logs/pdepend.xml
                   . " />

<target name="phpunit">
    <exec dir="${basedir}/Source/Test/" executable="phpunit" failonerror="true" />

<target name="build" depends="clean,checkout-code,php-documentor,php-codesniffer,php-depend,phpunit" />

Now either wait until next build happens or simply trigger the next build manually and navigate to the metrics tab. All the charts should be still there. In addition two additional charts has been added – Package Dependencies and visual summary of the analyzed project source code.

PHP_Depend metrics

Additional charts generated with PHP_Depend

Package dependencies chart is also shown at the top of phpUnderControl Overview tab.

To learn more about software metric and PHP_Depend itself have a look at Documentation section at

  1. Hello,

    Thanks for this post. I’m testing phpUnderControl for a PHP project and I’ve read this post to integrate pdepend with phpUnderControl.

    But I’ve a mistake. The generated graphs in “build/graph” aren’t copied in the artefacts directory and I must copy it manually.

    Do you have an idea ?
    How can I verify the pdepend log file is integrated ?

    Thanks a lot for your answer.


  2. hey mickaël,

    add the following line to your config.xml for your project (in the publishers-node):

    then it should be copied.
    also: check in the artifacts//graph if there are artifact image names conflicting with the pdepend names (and maybe rename the builded graphs from pdepend)

  3. mh. artifactspublisher was stripped:

    <artifactspublisher subdirectory=”graph” dest=”artifacts/${}” dir=”projects/${}/build/graph”></artifactspublisher>

  4. Michael,

    Logic ! Thanks a lot for your help, all is ok !

    Mickaël ;)

  5. Hi michael, I want to use php_depend, but I don’t know how to use it. I already install phpdepend, test it with –version, it’s works. But I don’t know what to do after that.. can u help me?

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