Edit: Gist of my complete composer.json

I'm seeing some confusing behaviour with Drupal branch names when adding modules using composer - specifically I seem to be getting the 7.x version of the module rather than 8.x.

This is a composer based setup, running 8.3.0-rc1 - composer.json includes:

"drupal/core": "8.3.0-rc1"

My understanding has always been that for modules, whenever you specify the branch in composer, you remove the 7.x- or 8.x from the start.

e.g. I wanted the tagclouds module 8.x-1.x branch, so I did:

composer require drupal/tagclouds:1.x 

Yet what it actually installs is 7.x-1.9+30-dev

Composer output:

 - Installing drupal/tagclouds (dev-1.x 54086ae) Cloning 54086ae717

I also ran drush ups and got:

Project was not packaged by drupal.org but obtained from git. You need to enable git_deploy module

So I add and enable git_deploy the same way.


"drupal/git_deploy": "2.x"

again it installs a 7.x release (7.x-2.2+10-dev)

Any obvious mistakes?

Other things I've tried:

  • Explicility listing the stability in the version constraints, e.g. 2.x-dev instead of 2.x, and 1.x-dev not `1.x'. (The documentation suggests composer adds this by default though.)
  • Using composer update nothing to regenerate the composer.lock file
  • 1
    Are you using the correct packages repo in your repository key?
    – Kevin
    Mar 3, 2017 at 13:45
  • Could you post your full composer.json file as well to the question?
    – Kevin
    Mar 3, 2017 at 14:27
  • @Kevin: Here's the full composer.json Mar 3, 2017 at 14:38
  • Wow, this composer.json is taking over 20 minutes to build and hasn't finished yet.
    – mradcliffe
    Mar 3, 2017 at 20:50

1 Answer 1


Make sure you are using the correct repository endpoint for Composer. For Drupal 8, it is https://packages.drupal.org/8.

Your composer.json file should contain a repository key like so:

    "repositories": { 
        "drupal": {
            "type": "composer",
            "url": "https://packages.drupal.org/8" 
  • Yep, already got that. Mar 3, 2017 at 14:34
  • Actually mine doesn't have a "drupal" key - will add that and check again... Mar 3, 2017 at 14:39
  • … didn't make any difference, and in any case, when I checked git remote -v from within a couple of modules, they had the correct git.drupal.org/project repository paths Mar 3, 2017 at 15:15

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