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 a 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 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 rwuired 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:
In this tutorial we will put the composer in our /usr/local/bin/ directory. We will also rename the composer 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:
git clone https://github.com/laravel/laravel.git
After than move to the laravel code directory and use composer to install all dependencies required for Laravel framework:
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 encrypption 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 Apache virtual host for your Laravel website. First create ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with using a text editor of your choice:
Next, create the virtual host:
Add the following lines:
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Require all granted
Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effects:
systemctl restart httpd.service
Step 6. Accessing Laravel.
Simple Invoices 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 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 web site.