How To Install CakePHP on CentOS 7

r00t October 8, 2015

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In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration of CakePHP on your CentOS 7 server. For those of you who didn’t know, CakePHP is a framework and provides a robust base for your application, its very helpful for website development. It is secure and licensed under the MIT license which makes it a very suitable framework for web 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 through the step by step installation CakePHP on CentOS 7 server.

Install CakePHP on CentOS 7

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

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 PHP mbstring and intl extensions using the command:

Step 3. Install CakePHP.

Download the latest stable version of CakePHP, At the moment of writing this article it is version 3.1.1:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB.

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

Configure it like this:

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

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 CakePHP installation:

Now make a copy of app/Config/database.php.default as app/Config/database.php:

Next, edit app/Config/database.php file update all database settings in default section as created above:

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for CakePHP.

It is time to configure Apache. Edit your Apache configuration file:

Add the following lines at the end of the file:

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

Step 6. Accessing CakePHP.

CakePHP 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 the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed CakePHP. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing CakePHP in CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official CakePHP web site.

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