I have followed the directions to install drupal-project with drupal-composer. I keep getting this error and it doesn't make sense to me.

Could not find package drupal-composer/drupal-project with version 8.x-dev in a version installable using your PHP version 5.5.38.

I am using MAMP and the php version is 7.1.22. I even tried the template download for drupal-composer/drupal-project and I still get the same error. Composer is installed, verified with the checking the version in terminal.

I have searched and cannot find anything to assist me in solving. Yes, I am new to composer and trying to get a local environment setup with composer versus just downloading etc. Any help or direction would be appreciated.

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    Sounds like the CLI is using the PHP installed on the host OS and not the one in MAMP.
    – Kevin
    Feb 20, 2019 at 16:48
  • Is there a way to change that? any idea what to search for to help me... Thanks!!!
    – timwhelan
    Feb 20, 2019 at 16:52
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    Basically, you need to inform where it is via setting $PATH: io.serendipityhq.com/experience/…
    – Kevin
    Feb 20, 2019 at 16:55
  • OMG - Thank you so much!!! That is exactly what I needed. Thank you!
    – timwhelan
    Feb 20, 2019 at 17:04

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Despite not technically being a Drupal question, this gets asked a lot. The answer, for anyone coming across this using various local dev stacks - you need to inform your command line of where PHP ($PATH variable) is that you want to use. Otherwise it will default to what is installed on your machine, likely very out of date.

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