Install Laravel PHP Framework On Ubuntu 20.04


Welcome to our tutorial on how to install Laravel PHP framework on Ubuntu 20.04. Laravel is a free, open-source PHP web framework which provides expressive, elegant syntax to web artisans. Laravel is one of the best choices for building modern, full-stack web applications.

Install Laravel PHP Framework On Ubuntu 20.04

Laravel is accessible, powerful, and provides tools required for large, robust applications. Some of its features include;

Install Laravel PHP Framework On Ubuntu 20.04


In order to install Laravel PHP framework on Ubuntu 20.04, there are a few system requirements that have to be installed and setup.

  1. Web Server (Apache or Nginx)
  2. PHP (latest version recommended) and some modules
  3. Database (such as MariaDB or MySQL)
  4. Composer PHP package manager

Basically, you need either a LEMP or LAMP stack to run Laravel. You can follow the links below to install LEMP/LAMP stack on Ubuntu 20.04.

Install LAMP Stack on Ubuntu 20.04

Install and Setup LEMP Stack on Ubuntu 20.04

In this setup, however, we will install Laravel with LAMP stack.

Install Other Required PHP Extensions

Apart from the default PHP extensions that gets installed alongside PHP package, there are other extensions that you need to install. Run the command below to install them;

apt install php-bcmath php-gd php-mbstring php-xml php-zip php-tokenizer -y

Just to confirm, we are using PHP 7.4;

php -v
PHP 7.4.3 (cli) (built: Oct  6 2020 15:47:56) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.4.0, Copyright (c) Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v7.4.3, Copyright (c), by Zend Technologies

Create Laravel Database and Database User

Login to your database backend and create a database and database user for your application. Be sure to replace the database name and user appropriately.

create database demoapp;
grant all on demoapp.* to [email protected] identified by 'changeme';

Reload database privilege tables;

flush privileges;

Install Composer PHP Package Manager on Ubuntu 20.04

Assuming you already have the Apache HTTP server, PHP and extensions and Database (MariaDB or MySQL), proceed to install PHP Composer.

Run the script below to install Composer programmatically on Ubuntu;


EXPECTED_CHECKSUM="$(wget -q -O -"
php -r "copy('', 'composer-setup.php');"
ACTUAL_CHECKSUM="$(php -r "echo hash_file('sha384', 'composer-setup.php');")"

    >&2 echo 'ERROR: Invalid installer checksum'
    rm composer-setup.php
    exit 1

php composer-setup.php --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer --quiet
rm composer-setup.php
exit $RESULT

Save and exit the script.

Execute it;


Check the exit status of the script. It will exit with 1 in case of failure, or 0 on success, and is quiet if no error occurs.

echo $?

Verify composer is installed;

which compoer

You can as well check version of installed composer;

composer --version

Install Laravel PHP Framework On Ubuntu 20.04

If all the prerequisites have been met, proceed to install Laravel PHP framework on Ubuntu 20.04.

There are two ways in which you can install Laravel PHP framework on Ubuntu;

  1. Install Laravel Using Laravel Installer
  2. Install Laravel using Composer
Install Laravel PHP Framework Using Laravel Installer

Create Non root user to run composer as (it is strongly advised to avoid running Composer as super-user/root).

useradd -m -d /var/www/html/laravel -s /usr/bin/bash -g www-data laravel

In the command above, we created a non root user called laravel whose home directory is set to /var/www/html/laravel. We will be using this directory as our default Laravel directory for our Apps.

Switch to the user and run the Laravel live installer as follows;

su - laravel
composer global require laravel/installer
Changed current directory to /var/www/html/laravel/.config/composer
Using version ^4.1 for laravel/installer
./composer.json has been created
Running composer update laravel/installer
Loading composer repositories with package information
Updating dependencies
Lock file operations: 12 installs, 0 updates, 0 removals
  - Locking laravel/installer (v4.1.1)
  - Locking psr/container (1.0.0)
  - Locking symfony/console (v5.2.1)
  - Locking symfony/polyfill-ctype (v1.20.0)
  - Locking symfony/polyfill-intl-grapheme (v1.20.0)
  - Locking symfony/polyfill-intl-normalizer (v1.20.0)
  - Locking symfony/polyfill-mbstring (v1.20.0)
  - Locking symfony/polyfill-php73 (v1.20.0)
  - Locking symfony/polyfill-php80 (v1.20.0)
  - Locking symfony/process (v5.2.1)
  - Locking symfony/service-contracts (v2.2.0)
  - Locking symfony/string (v5.2.1)
Writing lock file
Installing dependencies from lock file (including require-dev)

All the necessary packages are installed to /var/www/html/laravel/.config/composer directory. As a result, you need to update the PATH environment variable with Laravel binary configuration directory, /var/www/html/laravel/.config/composer/vendor/bin/.

You ca simply run the command below to update the path.

echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.config/composer/vendor/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc
Create PHP demo App using Laravel

Create demo app with the default Laravel settings;

laravel new demoapp
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| |                             | |
| |     __ _ _ __ __ ___   _____| |
| |    / _` | '__/ _` \ \ / / _ \ |
| |___| (_| | | | (_| |\ V /  __/ |
|______\__,_|_|  \__,_| \_/ \___|_|

Creating a "laravel/laravel" project at "./demoapp"
Installing laravel/laravel (v8.5.7)
  - Installing laravel/laravel (v8.5.7): Extracting archive
Created project in /var/www/html/laravel/demoapp
> @php -r "file_exists('.env') || copy('.env.example', '.env');"
Loading composer repositories with package information
Updating dependencies
Lock file operations: 105 installs, 0 updates, 0 removals
  - Locking asm89/stack-cors (v2.0.2)
  - Locking brick/math (0.9.1)
Package manifest generated successfully.
73 packages you are using are looking for funding.
Use the `composer fund` command to find out more!
> @php artisan key:generate --ansi
Application key set successfully.

Application ready! Build something amazing.

To verify that the Laravel components are working fine, navigate to application directory and run php artisan command.

cd demoapp
php artisan
Laravel Framework 8.21.0

  command [options] [arguments]

  -h, --help            Display help for the given command. When no command is given display help for the list command
  -q, --quiet           Do not output any message
  -V, --version         Display this application version
      --ansi            Force ANSI output
      --no-ansi         Disable ANSI output
  -n, --no-interaction  Do not ask any interactive question
      --env[=ENV]       The environment the command should run under
  -v|vv|vvv, --verbose  Increase the verbosity of messages: 1 for normal output, 2 for more verbose output and 3 for debug

Available commands:
Install Laravel PHP Framework using Composer

You can similarly install Laravel PHP framework on Ubuntu using Composer, PHP package manager.

Navigate to the Laravel directory, which in our case is /var/www/html/laravel.

su - laravel

Install Laravel using composer;

composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel demoapp

Similarly, you can run run php artisan command.

Configure Laravel Application Environment Variables

Once the installation is done, adjust the application environment variables (APP_NAME, APP_ENV, APP_KEY, APP_DEBUG, APP_URL) appropriately;

vim demoapp/.env

Define the Laravel application database connection settings as created above;


Create Apache Site configuration file for Laravel Application

Once you are done with installation and configuration of Laravel, create the specific app Apache site configuration file to enable you access it externally from browser.

The commands below are as root user.

For example, to create Apache site configuration for demoapp Laravel app;

vim /etc/apache2/sites-available/demoapp.conf
<VirtualHost *:80>

        ServerAdmin [email protected]
        DocumentRoot /var/www/html/laravel/demoapp/public

        <Directory /var/www/html/laravel/demoapp>
                Options Indexes MultiViews
                AllowOverride None
                Require all granted

        ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/demoapp.error.log
        CustomLog /var/log/apache2/demoapp.access.log combined


Save and exit the file and run syntax check;

apachectl -t

Disable the default Apache site;

a2dissite 000-default.conf

Enable demoapp site configuration;

a2ensite demoapp.conf

Set the proper ownership of the demoapp web root directory;

chown -R :www-data /var/www/html/laravel/demoapp/

Restart Apache;

systemctl restart apache2

Accessing Laravel App from Browser

To allow external access to your apps, open HTTP(S) port on firewall if it is running;

ufw allow "Apache Full"

Then navigate to browser and access Laravel App using the URL, http://APP-URL, for example,

install Laravel PHP framework on Ubuntu 20.04

And that confirms that Laravel is installed and working as expected. You can now start building your web applications using Laravel PHP framework.

That marks the end of our tutorial on how to install Laravel PHP framework on Ubuntu 20.04.

Reference and Further Reading

Laravel 8.x Documentations

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