How To Install Laravel on CentOS 7

Install Laravel on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Laravel on your CentOS 7 server.  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 CentOS 7 server.

Install Laravel on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum -y update

Step 2. Install LAMP server.

A CentOS 7 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install the required PHP modules:

yum install php-mysql php-mcrypt php-dom php-mbstring php-gd

Step 3. Install Composer.

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

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

Once the download and installation of the composer is finished we will need to move the composer to be available within our PATH. The see the available PATH locations just type this command:

echo $PATH

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 latest version of Laravel, Use 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 than set proper permissions on files:

chown -R apache.apache /var/www/laravel
chmod -R 755 /var/www/laravel

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 [Lf54qK56s3qDh0ywgf9JdRGDTN0oV9qI] set successfully

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Laravel.

We will create an Apache virtual host for your Laravel website. First, create ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with using a text editor of your choice:

nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf

IncludeOptional vhosts.d/*.conf

Next, create the virtual host:

mkdir /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/
nano /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/yourdomain.com.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80>
ServerAdmin webmaster@yourdomain.com
DocumentRoot "/var/www/laravel/public"
ServerName yourdomain.com
ServerAlias www.yourdomain.com
ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-error_log"
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined

<Directory "/var/www/laravel/public/">
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted
</Directory>
</VirtualHost>

Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effects:

systemctl restart httpd.service

Step 6. Accessing Laravel.

Laravel will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com or http://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 CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Laravel website.

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