How to Install Laravel on Ubuntu 18.04

Install Laravel on Ubuntu 18.04

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to install Laravel on Ubuntu 18.04. We will also install and configure its prerequisites. Laravel is an open source PHP framework based on the MVC (Model View Controller). Laravel makes it easier for a developer to write web applications. Laravel is considered the best framework to write PHP applications together with other frameworks. Laravel provides a modular packaging system and a dedicated dependency manager. It supports many different relational databases and provides different ways for accessing them.

I recommend to use a minimal Ubuntu server setup as a basis for the tutorial, that can be a virtual or a root server image with an Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver minimal install from a web hosting company or you use our minimal server tutorial to install a server from scratch.

Install Laravel on Ubuntu 18.04

Step 1. First, ensure your system and apt package lists are fully up-to-date by running the following:

apt-get update -y
apt-get upgrade -y

Step 2. Installing LAMP on Ubuntu 18.04.

You should check out this LAMP stack install tutorial for Ubuntu 18.04, if you haven’t installed LAMP yet. Once it’s installed, come back here and read on. We also will install the required packages for LAMP stack and the important PHP extension that Laravel relies on:

apt-get install php7.2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-soap php7.2-mysql php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip

Step 3. Installing Composer.

Composer is required for installing Laravel dependencies. So use below commands to download and use as a command in our system:

curl -sS | php
mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/composer

Step 4. Installing Laravel Framework on Ubuntu 18.04.

Download the latest version of Laravel using the commands below:

cd /var/www
git clone

After completing clone and download move on laravel directory and use composer to install all dependencies required for Laravel framework:

cd /var/www/laravel
composer install

After install all dependencies, change ownership of your web dir Laravel under www directory and change following permission:

chown -R www-data.www-data /var/www/laravel
chmod -R 755 /var/www/laravel
chmod -R 777 /var/www/laravel/storage

Step 5. 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 [WRAGp0Pu9kTHiZRam0naKGR4NtY6iF] set successfully.

Then update the above generated application key into the config/app.php configuration file. Also make sure that cipher is set properly:

'key' => env('WRAGp0Pu9kTHiZRam0naKGR4NtY6iF')/ This key is used by the Illuminate encrypter service and should be set. 
'cipher' => 'AES-256-CBC',

Step 6. Create Apache Virtual Host.

Now create a Virtual Host in your Apache configuration file to access Laravel framework from web browser:

### nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/
<VirtualHost *:80>
 DocumentRoot /var/www/laravel/public
 <Directory />
 Options FollowSymLinks
 AllowOverride None
 <Directory /var/www/laravel>
 AllowOverride All
 ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
 LogLevel warn
 CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

Now enable the virtual host and reload apache service. using below command:

systemctl apache2 reload

Step 7. Accessing Laravel Web Installation.

Now you can access the Laravel web install wizard in your browser by entering the domain name or http://your ip/ and you will see the application running.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully install and configured Laravel on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server. Thanks for using this tutorial installing open source PHP framework on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) system.