How To Install Laravel on Ubuntu 15.04

Install Laravel on Ubuntu 15.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Laravel on your Ubuntu 15.04.  For those of you who didn’t know, Laravel is a free, open-source PHP web application framework, created by Taylor Otwell and intended for the development of web applications following the model–view–controller (MVC) architectural pattern. It is a pretty new framework, but with a big potential to become one of the most popular PHP frameworks.

One of the things that make Laravel that good is the large vibrant community behind it. Laravel also extensively utilizes Composer, the de-facto PHP dependency manager. By using Composer, Laravel provides you with complete freedom to choose and build your application structure. There are so many composer packages available at packagist.org which will definitely make your programming life easier.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of Laravel PHP Framework on a Ubuntu 15.04 server.

Install Laravel on Ubuntu 15.04

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP)  server.

A Ubuntu 15.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install all required PHP modules:

sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mcrypt php5-mysql php5-gd

Step 3. Install Composer.

Install Composer which is the tool for dependency management in PHP:

curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | sudo php

In this tutorial, we will put the composer in our /usr/local/bin/ directory.  We will also rename the composer’s name from composer.phar to composer. To do that type the following command:

mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

Give execute permission to the composer:

chmod +x /usr/local/bin/composer

Step 4. Installing Laravel.

Download the latest version of Laravel, Use the below command to clone master repo of Laravel from GitHub:

cd /var/www
git clone https://github.com/laravel/laravel.git

After then move to the Laravel code directory and use composer to install all dependencies required for the Laravel framework:

cd /var/www/laravel
composer install

This will take a while according to the network speed. After that set proper permissions on files:

chown -R www-data.www-data /var/www/laravel
chmod -R 755 /var/www/laravel
chmod -R 777 /var/www/laravel/app/storage

Set Encryption Key:

Now set the 32 bit long random number encryption key, which used by the Illuminate encrypter service:

### php artisan key:generate

Application key [Lf54qK56s3qR4NtYywgf9JdRGDTN0oV9qI] set successfully

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Laravel.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘laravel.conf’ on your virtual server:

sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo a2ensite laravel.conf
touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/laravel.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/laravel.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/laravel.conf
nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/laravel.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/laravel/public
ServerName your-domain.com
ServerAlias www.your-domain.com
<Directory /var/www/laravel/public/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
</Directory>
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-error_log
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log common
</VirtualHost>

Now, we can restart the Apache webserver so that the changes take place:

systemctl restart apache2.service

Step 6. Accessing Laravel.

Simple Invoices will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com or http://your-server-ip and complete the required steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Laravel. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Laravel PHP Framework on your Ubuntu 15.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Laravel website.

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