This reminds me of when I was working on an outdated Laravel project and needed to upgrade the Laravel and related dependencies. To upgrade the dependencies, I encountered this error: “Composer update memory limit”.
The memory limit error occurs during a composer update (or other Composer commands) because Composer can sometimes require a lot of memory to fix and update dependencies, especially for larger projects.
How to fix the error?
Here are different ways to fix the issue.
Increase PHP Memory Limit Temporarily
You can run the Composer command with a prefixed memory limit increase:
php -d memory_limit=-1 composer update
The -d memory_limit=-1 sets the memory limit to unlimited for this command.
Increase Composer’s Memory Limit
Composer also has its memory limit setting, separate from PHP’s.
You can use the COMPOSER_MEMORY_LIMIT environment variable to increase Composer’s memory limit.
COMPOSER_MEMORY_LIMIT=-1 composer update
Increase PHP Memory Limit Globally
Follow the below steps:
Step 1: Locate your php.ini file. You can find its location by running:
Step 2: Open the php.ini file
Open the php.ini file in a text editor and search for the memory_limit setting. Increase its value.
memory_limit = 512M
You can increase it to a higher value, like 1G for 1 gigabyte, if needed.
Step 3: Save the file
You can save the file and restart your web server to apply the changes.
Optimizing Composer can help:
Use the –prefer-dist option
composer update --prefer-dist
The above command tells Composer to fetch distributed versions of packages, which can sometimes reduce the memory footprint.
Clear the Composer cache
If there might be some corrupted files or issues with the cache, clearing it might help:
I hope these solutions will help you fix the error.