How to Install Laravel PHP Framework on CentOS 7

In this article, we are going to setup Laravel on CentOS 7. If you are a PHP web developer then you don't need to worry about of all modern PHP frameworks, Laravel is the easiest to get up and running that saves your time and effort and makes web development a joy. Laravel embraces a general development philosophy that sets a high priority on creating maintainable code by following some simple guidelines, you should be able to keep a rapid pace of development and be free to change your code with little fear of breaking existing functionality.

Laravel's PHP framework installation is not a big deal. You can simply follow the step by step guide in this article for your CentOS 7 server.

1) Server Requirements

Laravel depends upon a number of prerequisites that must be setup before installing it. Those prerequisites includes some basic tuning parameter of server like your system update, sudo rights and installation of required packages.

Once you are connected to your server make sure to configure the fully qualified domain name then run the commands below to enable EPEL Repo and update your server.

# yum install epel-release
# rpm -Uvh
# rpm -Uvh
# yum update

2) Firewall Setup

System Firewall and SELinux setup is an important part regarding the security of your applications in production. You can make firewall off if you are working on test server and keep SELinux to permissive mode using the below command, so that you installing setup won't be affected by it.

# setenforce 0

3) Apache, MariaDB, PHP Setup

Laravel installation requires a complete LAMP stack with OpenSSL, PDO, Mbstring and Tokenizer PHP Extensions. If you are already running LAMP server then you can skip this step to move on and just make sure that the required PHP extensions are installed.

To install AMP stack you can use the below commands on your respective server.


# yum install httpd mariadb-server php56w php56w-mysql php56w-mcrypt php56w-dom php56w-mbstring

To start and enable Apache web and MySQL/Mariadb services at bootup on CentOS 7 , we will use below commands.

# systemctl start httpd
# systemctl enable httpd
#systemctl start mysqld
#systemctl enable mysqld

After starting MariaDB service, we will configure its secured password with below command.


4) Install Composer

Now we are going to install composer that is one of the most important requirement before starting the Laravel installation that helps in installing Laravel's dependencies.

Run the below commands to setup 'composer' in CentOS/Ubuntu.

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

5) Installing Laravel

Laravel's installation package can be downloaded from github using the command below.

# wget

To extract the archived package and move into the document root directory use below commands.

# unzip
# mv laravel-develop /var/www/

Now use the following compose command that will install all required dependencies for Laravel within its directory.

# cd /var/www/laravel-develop/
# composer install
compose laravel

6) Key Encryption

For encrypter service, we will be generating a 32 digit encryption key using the command below.

# php artisan key:generate

Application key [Lf54qK56s3qDh0ywgf9JdRxO2N0oV9qI] set successfully

Now put this key into the 'app.php' file as shown below.

# vim /var/www/laravel-develop/config/app.php
Key encryption

7) Virtua Host and Ownership

After composer installation assign the permissions and apache user ownership to the document root directory as shown.

# chmod 775 /var/www/laravel-develop/app/storage
# chown -R apache:apache /var/www/laravel-develop

Open the default configuration file of apache web server using any editor to add the following lines at the end file for new virtual host entry.

# vim /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
ServerName laravel-develop
DocumentRoot /var/www/laravel/public

start Directory /var/www/laravel
AllowOverride All
Directory close

Now the time is to restart apache web server services as shown below and then open your web browser to check your localhost page.

# systemctl restart httpd

8) Laravel 5 Web Access

Open your web browser and give your server IP or Fully Qualified Domain name and you will see the default web page of Laravel 5 framework.

Laravel Default


Laravel Framework is a great tool to develop your web applications. So, at the end of this article, you have learned its installation setup on CentOS 7. Now start using this awesome PHP framework that provides you a lot of more features and comfort in your development work.

1 thought on “How to Install Laravel PHP Framework on CentOS 7”... add one

  1. hi, there is some problem, this step /var/www/laravel-develop/app/storage
    i don't have this folder in directory...

    Do i need create DB? Rename env.example ?


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