Composer [UnexpectedValueException] error will trying to use composer to install a github project

Composer [UnexpectedValueException] error will trying to use composer to install a github project

I started getting a similar error and the reason was that Github recently changed the format of their auth tokens:

https://github.blog/changelog/2021-03-31-authentication-token-format-updates-are-generally-available/

To resolve the error:

  1. Find the composer/auth.json file (if youre running the project in a container, youll have to bash into it and find the file in there)
  2. Remove its github.com entry. Your file will probably look like the following after removing the entry: {github-oauth: {}}
  3. Run composer self-update. The issue got resolved in version 2.0.12. See the first item in the changelog for that version here: https://getcomposer.org/changelog/2.0.12

After that, you can restore your composer/auth.json file to its initial state as the newer version of composer will recognize the new key format.

You can try Basic Auth instead:

Change this (oauth):

  github-oauth: {
    github.com: ghp_[YOUR-PERSONAL-TOKEN]
  }

To this (basic auth):

  http-basic: {
    github.com: {
      username: [YOUR-GITHUB-USERNAME],
      password: ghp_[YOUR-PERSONAL-TOKEN]
    }
  }

You can find instructions on how to create a Personal Access Token

Inspired from github docs. Apparently, you can use Basic Authentication with a Personal Access token instead of oauth in some cases (e.g. like mine: installing a private git repo with composer).

Composer [UnexpectedValueException] error will trying to use composer to install a github project

I fixed it.

Goto C:UsersXXXXXAppDataRoamingComposer

Open the auth.json

delete the github.com entry under github-oauth: {}

Thats it.

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