Download & Installation


The TypeRocket framework has a few system requirements.

  • PHP >= 7
  • WordPress >= 5.2
  • PDO PHP Extension
  • Mbstring PHP Extension
  • Friendly URLs
  • Composer (Custom Installations Only)

WP Plugin

Composer not required

This is the install guide for our official TypeRocket Framework 4 WordPress plugin. If you are making your own plugins for WordPress you should build those plugins against this plugin.

WARNING: Do not edit the files within the official plugin. When in the documentation you are told to edit TypeRocket files those edits are to made to your own versions of those files (If you have custom installation using composer this is not the case).

1. Download & Install

Composer is not required to use the official TypeRocket Framework 4 WordPress plugin.

  1. Download the latest version of TypeRocket here
  2. Unzip the files into your WordPress sites plugins directory.
  3. Active the TypeRocket Framework Plugin.
  4. Optionally, you can download and use the official TypeRocket skeleton theme from GitHub.

Note: You should not modify the files and TypeRocket core system within the WordPress plugin. You would only extend TypeRocket using available hooks and configuration options.

2. Configuring

If you plan to develop your site using TypeRocket you may need to create your own config and app folders.

It is not required for all features but it is recommended to override where your config and app folders are located. TypeRocket allows for a single app folder and config folder per active site.

You can download the needed config and app folders from GitHub.

In your wp-config.php file you can define the location of a custom config folder but setting the TR_CORE_CONFIG_PATH constant.

// Example only
define('TR_CORE_CONFIG_PATH', __DIR__ . '/your/config');

Likewise, you can define your application folder using the TR_WP_PLUGIN_APP_MAP constant in the wp-config.php file as well.

// Example only
define('TR_WP_PLUGIN_APP_MAP', [
    'prefix' => 'App\\',
    'folder' => __DIR__ . '/your/app/',

If you do not define an app folder in your wp-config.php file TypeRocket will:

  1. First, look for an app folder your active theme.
  2. Lastly, if no custom app folder is found TypeRocket will use the app folder within its core system.

Also, you should not edit the routes.php file in TypeRocket if you are using the official plugin (composers installation can ignore this). To add routes when using the official plugin you will need to make your own custom WordPress plugin and add routes from that plugin.

For example, you might create a plugin named my-typerocket-routes.php with the following code:

// Plugin Name: My TypeRocket Routes
add_action('tr_load_routes', function() {

    tr_route()->get()->match('hello')->do(function() {
        return 'Hello';

    tr_route()->get()->match('hello-there')->do(function() {
        return 'Hello there!';


3. Using TypeRocket Within Your Custom Plugins

Once you have the official plugin installed you can begin using TypeRocket in your theme and other plugins. To use TypeRocket within your custom plugins be sure to use wrap any registerables, like post types, within the hook typerocket_loaded.

add_action( 'typerocket_loaded', function() {
    // register post types, taxonomies, and pages

If you want to add a PSR4 namespace to load a TypeRocket plugin you can do so using the same hook.

// Example only
add_action('plugins_loaded', function() {
    $map_site_options = [
        'prefix' => 'TypeRocketSiteOptions\\',
        'folder' => __DIR__ . '/typerocket/vendor/typerocket/plugin-site-options/src/',
}, 0, 0);

4. Developer Notes

The official TypeRocket Framework 4 plugin does not have the following features:

  • The galaxy CLI tool but you can install it separately.
  • Migrations (You will need to use the official WordPress method for migrations)

Not all of the normal default TypeRocket plugins are enabled by default. You will need to enable those plugins manually using a custom config as outlined below. These plugins are:

  • Page Builder
  • Sitemap (needs custom PSR4 autoloader)
  • Site Options (needs custom PSR4 autoloader)

Theme Installation

To install TypeRocket within an existing WordPress theme follow these instructions.

1. Download

Go to your custom theme folder, not the WordPress themes folder. Then in the command line and run the composer command:

composer create-project --prefer-dist typerocket/typerocket

Note: The composer command will create a typerocket folder for you. You do not need to make a folder yourself.

2. Import

At the top of your themes functions.php file require typerocket/init.php. This will initialize TypeRocket.

<?php // functions.php

require ('typerocket/init.php');

3. Activate

To complete the installation, you need to flush the WordPress permalinks and rewrite rules.

Note: Any time you register a post type or change a post type ID you need to do the same.

Root Installation

If you are building a large site or application you will want to manage your entire development process within TypeRocket exposing only WordPress and plugins to visitors from the server.

To do this you need to do the following.

  1. Download TypeRocket
  2. Root TypeRocket
  3. Finish

1. Download TypeRocket with Composer

To install TypeRocket as your main application create the TypeRocket project before installing WordPress.

In a fresh location run:

composer create-project --prefer-dist typerocket/typerocket

2. Root Typerocket

Rooting TypeRocket is using TypeRocket as the "root" of a project and setting the wordpress directory as public. To "root" Typerocket run the galaxy command use:root.

php galaxy use:root {database} {username} {password}


Running use:root will do all the legwork for you.

  • Downloads WordPress in the wordpress folder where the assets are located.
  • Creates the wp-config.php file in the main TypeRocket folder next to the init.php file.
  • Enables root templates.
  • Installs TypeRocket MU plugin for theme override.
  • Updates the TypeRocket assets paths.
  • require() the init.php file in wp-config.php.


When pushing your code to a production server ensure that you have the correct wp-config.php settings, the MU TypeRocket WordPress plugin, and the correct TypeRocket configuration. To do this simply ensure that you use the configurations set by the use:root command.

Note, when rooting TypeRocket wp-config.php will be modified and init.php will be required after the ABSPATH is defined. This is important to note because you will need to require the init.php in wp-config.php for production and not just development.

/** Absolute path to the WordPress directory. */
if ( !defined('ABSPATH') )
    define('ABSPATH', dirname(__FILE__) . '/');

require __DIR__ . '/init.php'; // Include TypeRocket

/** Sets up WordPress vars and included files. */
require_once(ABSPATH . 'wp-settings.php');

3. Finish

Finally, complete the WordPress installation by visiting your site's web address.

MU Plugin

You can install TypeRocket into an MU plugin in the same way you install it into a theme with one exception: You need to tell TypeRocket where its core JavaScript, CSS, fonts, images, components, and other assets are located.

Note: It is best to install TypeRocket as an MU plugin. This is best practice in the WordPress community for all frameworks.

1. Download

Download TypeRocket into your mu-plugins folder; if you do not have the folder create it.

composer create-project --prefer-dist typerocket/typerocket

2. Configure

You can do this under config/paths.php. For example, I'm using TypeRocket in the root of the mu-plugins folder. The paths.php configuration file is located under wp-content/mu-plugins/typerocket/config/paths.php. In the paths.php I need to update the urls setting to get TypeRocket working:

<?php // paths.php
return [
    | Assets URL
    | The URL where TypeRocket assets can be found.
    'urls' => [
        'assets' => WPMU_PLUGIN_URL . '/typerocket/wordpress/assets',
        'components' => WPMU_PLUGIN_URL . '/typerocket/wordpress/assets/components',

    // ....


3. Create an MU Plugin

Next, all you need is an MU plugin and have it import TypeRocket. As an example, here is an MU plugin named typerocket.php added under the mu-plugins folder; the full path for the MU plugin is wp-content/mu-plugins/typerocket.php;

// Plugin Name: TypeRocket
require_once 'typerocket/init.php';