To keep things simple, most development tools, for example PHP_CodeSniffer, are installed by Composer as development requirements and in some cases where installation via Composer is not possible, we use PHIVE.
PHIVE packages each tool with all its dependencies as a separate PHAR. This helps avoid dependency hell (which means that you cannot install or upgrade some tool as the tool's dependencies conflict with the dependencies on another library). It also allows running versions of tools that require a PHP version that is higher than the lowest allowed PHP version for this project. Currently, we use PHIVE for PHP Copy/Paste Detector, that requires PHP >= 7.3, which conflicts with this project's PHP version support (we also support PHP 7.2).