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How To Install CodeIgniter on Manjaro

Install CodeIgniter on Manjaro

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install CodeIgniter on Manjaro. CodeIgniter is a powerful PHP framework that allows developers to build dynamic web applications with ease. If you’re a Manjaro Linux user, you’re in luck because in this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the process of installing CodeIgniter on your Manjaro system using the Command Line Interface (CLI).

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 the step-by-step installation of the CodeIgniter on a Manjaro Linux.


  • A server or desktop running one of the following operating systems: Manjaro, and other Arch-based distributions.
  • 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 CodeIgniter.
  • 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 CodeIgniter on Manjaro

Step 1. Before running the tutorial below, make sure that our system is up to date:

sudo pacman -Syu
sudo pacman -S base-devel

Step 2. Installing Essential Dependencies.

  • PHP

To run CodeIgniter, you need PHP. Install PHP and its required extensions:

sudo pacman -S php php-apache

We’ve already installed PHP, but let’s confirm it’s properly set up:

php -v
  • Composer

Composer is a crucial tool for managing CodeIgniter dependencies. Let’s install it globally:

sudo pacman -S composer

Composer simplifies dependency management. Let’s install it globally:

composer --version
  • Apache

We’ll use Apache as the web server for our CodeIgniter application. Install Apache with the following command:

sudo pacman -S apache

Check if Apache is running:

sudo systemctl status apache

If it’s not running, start and enable it:

sudo systemctl start apache
sudo systemctl enable apache
  • MariaDB/MySQL

For database support, install MariaDB (or MySQL) and related utilities:

sudo pacman -S mariadb

Start and enable MariaDB/MySQL:

sudo systemctl start mariadb
sudo systemctl enable mariadb

Now, initialize and secure the database:

sudo mysql_install_db --user=mysql --basedir=/usr --datadir=/var/lib/mysql
sudo systemctl start mariadb
sudo mysql_secure_installation

Step 3. Configuring Apache for CodeIgniter.

Create a new virtual host configuration file for your CodeIgniter project. Replace your_project_directory and your_domain with your actual project directory path and domain name:

sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf/extra/httpd-your_project_directory.conf

Add the following configuration:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin webmaster@your_domain
DocumentRoot "/path/to/your_project_directory/public"
ServerName your_domain

<Directory "/path/to/your_project_directory/public">
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

Edit your system’s hosts file to map your domain to the localhost:

sudo nano /etc/hosts

Add the following line: your_domain

Enable the new virtual host and restart Apache:

sudo a2ensite httpd-your_project_directory.conf
sudo systemctl restart apache

To ensure your configuration is correct, run:

sudo apachectl configtest

Step 4. Downloading and Installing CodeIgniter.

With your environment set up, let’s download and install CodeIgniter. Navigate to your project directory and use Composer to create a new CodeIgniter project:

composer create-project codeigniter4/appstarter .

CodeIgniter is now installed, but you might want to customize it further. Explore the app and public directories to make changes according to your project requirements.

Access your CodeIgniter application via your web browser by entering your domain (e.g., http://your_domain). You should see the CodeIgniter welcome page, confirming a successful installation.

Step 5. Database Configuration.

Let’s configure the database for your CodeIgniter application. Open the .env file in your CodeIgniter project root directory:

nano .env

Update the database settings with your MariaDB/MySQL credentials:

database.default.hostname = localhost
database.default.database = your_database_name
database.default.username = your_database_username
database.default.password = your_database_password

Step 6. Testing Your CodeIgniter Application.

Now that everything is set up, let’s test your CodeIgniter application to ensure it’s working as expected. Create a new controller and view to test your application:

php spark make:controller TestController
php spark make:view test

Edit the TestController.php file to add a sample function and view.

Step 7. Accessing the application via the web browser.

Access your new controller via your web browser:


You should see the CodeIgniter welcome page:

Install CodeIgniter on Manjaro

Congratulations! You have successfully installed CodeIgniter. Thanks for using this tutorial to install the latest version of CodeIgniter on the Manjaro system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official CodeIgniter 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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