How To Install Zend Framework on Ubuntu 14.04

Install Zend Framework on Ubuntu 14.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure Zend Framework on your Ubuntu 14.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Zend Framework is an open-source, object-oriented web application framework for PHP. The framework is modular, extensible, and highly secure and that is why it is used by many developers.

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. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Zend Framework on the Ubuntu 14.04 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 14.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Zend Framework.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Zend Framework on Ubuntu 14.04

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 server.

A Ubuntu 14.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here.

Step 3. Install Zend framework.

Execute the following command in order to install the Zend framework on your server:

apt-get install zend-framework

Once installed, navigate to your server’s directory root and create your first project:

cd /var/www/
zf create project YourFirstProject

Then, navigate to the /var/www/YourFirstProject/library/ directory and create a symbolic link to the library directory using the following commands:

cd /var/www/YourFirstProject/library/
ln -s /usr/share/php/libzend-framework-php/Zend

Step 4. Configure the Apache2 web server.

As described on the official Zend Framework site, you should create a virtual host for your Zend project. To edit your /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default the file you can use an editor of your choice:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default

Edit the following lines to match your needs:

<VirtualHost *:80>
 DocumentRoot /var/www/YourFirstProject/public/
 <Directory /var/www/YourFirstProject/public/>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
 ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/
 CustomLog /var/log/httpd/ common

Save and close the file once you are done. Restart the Apache service for the changes to take effect:

service apache2 restart

Step 5. Access Zend Framework.

Zend Framework will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip-address. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the Zend Framework. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Zend Framework on Ubuntu 14.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Zend Framework website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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