Automad can be easily extended by installing custom packages. A package can be a theme or a PHP extension or a combination of both. There are two options to install packages: manual installation and using Composer as package manager.
Installing packages manually is as simple as cloning or extracting them into the
packages directory. That way you can easily transfer you private themes or extensions from one of your projects to another.
However, in case a package is designed to be installed with Composer and is relying on other dependencies or has a more complex autoloader setup, read on and use Composer for its installion.
Packages listed in Automad's Package Browser should be installed and updated with Composer using the command line. Note that in case this sounds very complicated to you, you shouldn't be discouraged at all to try it out. Installing Composer as a package manager is just a matter of seconds and makes managing themes and extensions a lot easier. Packages can be installed using the require command:
composer require <vendor/package>
To keep your packages up to date, just use: