How To Install Shopware on Debian 9 Stretch

Install Shopware on Debian 9 Stretch

In this tutorial we will show you how to install Shopware on Debian 9 Stretch. For those of you who didn’t know, Shopware is the next generation of open source e-commerce software made in Germany. Based on bleeding edge technologies like Symfony 2, Doctrine 2 and Zend Framework Shopware comes as the perfect platform for your next e-commerce project. Furthermore, Shopware provides an event-driven plugin system and an advanced hook system, giving you the ability to customize every part of the platform.

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 Shopware on a Debian 9 (Stretch) server.

Install Shopware on Debian 9

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

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

A Debian 9 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here.

Step 3. Installing Shopware on Debian.

Let’s download the latest stable Shopware CE version from this link into our new directory:

mkdir /var/www/shopware
cd /var/www/shopware
wget https://releases.shopware.com/install_5.5.7_f785facc70e39f2ca4292e78739457417f19fbcf.zip?_ga=2.110917381.1678735926.1552879434-1860898197.1552787146 -O shopware.zip
sudo unzip shopware.zip

We will need to change some folder permissions:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/shopware/

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Shopware.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. You should read and below each step carefully which will set a root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB.

mysql_secure_installation

Configure it like this:

- Set root password? [Y/n] y
- Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y
- Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] y
- Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y
- Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y

Next, we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Shopware. Run the following command:

mysql -u root -p

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for Shopware installation:

CREATE DATABASE shopware;
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON shopware.* TO 'shopware'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your_strong_password';
FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
\q

Step 5. Configuring Apache for Shopware.

You need to create a new virtual host directive in Apache for your domain. You can create the file with your favorite text editor. For example, we are using nano:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/shopware.conf

And enter the following information:

<VirtualHost *:80>
     DocumentRoot /var/www/shopware
     ServerName your-domain.com

    <Directory /var/www/shopware/>
        Options FollowSymlinks
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted
     </Directory>

     ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/shopware_error.log
     CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/shopware_access.log combined

</VirtualHost>

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

sudo a2ensite shopware.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Step 6. Accessing Shopware e-commerce.

Shopware will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.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 Shopware. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Shopware open source e-commerce on your Debian 9 Stretch system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Shopware website.

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