Install Laravel 5 Framework on Ubuntu 18.04 & 16.04

Below is the system requirements for the installation of latest Laravel application on your system.

PHP >= 7.2
OpenSSL PHP Extension
PDO PHP Extension
Mbstring PHP Extension
Tokenizer PHP Extension
XML PHP Extension
Ctype PHP Extension
JSON PHP Extension
BCMath PHP Extension

Step 1 – Install LAMP

To start with Laravel, we first need to set up a running LAMP server. If you have already running LAMP stack skip this step else use followings commands to set up the lamp on Ubuntu system.

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y php7.2 php7.2-mcrypt php7.2-gd php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xml

Install PHP Mcrypt Extension & Install Apache2

sudo apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php7.2

Install MySQL

sudo apt-get install mysql-server php7.2-mysql

Step 2 – Install Composer

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

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

Step 3 – Install Laravel

Download the latest version of Laravel from the official git repository. Use the below command to clone the master branch of the Laravel from GitHub.

cd /var/www
git clone

Navigate to Laravel code directory and use composer to install all dependencies required for Laravel framework.

cd /var/www/laravel
sudo composer install

The dependencies installation may take some time as per your network speed. After successfully installing all dependencies, set the proper permissions on all files.

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

Step 4 – Setup Encryption Key

Now, rename the .evn.example file to .env in projects main directory. This will use to setup application environment for the project.

mv .env.example .env

Now generate base64 random number encryption key, which used by the Illuminate encrypter service.

php artisan key:generate
Application key set successfully.

Edit the .env configuration file and update the required settings. Also, make sure APP_KEY is properly set as generated in above command.

vi .env

Step 5 – Create Database for Laravel (Optional)

You may also require creating a database for your Laravel application. Login to your MySQL server and create MySQL database and user.

mysql> CREATE DATABASE laravel;
mysql> GRANT ALL ON laravel.* to 'laravel'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'secret';
mysql> quit

Now edit the .env file and update database settings.


Step 6 – Apache Configuration

Edit Apache default virtual host configuration file 000-default.conf and update DocumentRoot to Laravel public directory as below:

vim /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf

also add some more configuration.

<VirtualHost *:80>

ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
DocumentRoot /var/www/laravel/public

<Directory />
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
<Directory /var/www/laravel>
AllowOverride All

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined


Reload Apache configuration changes by restarting service using below command

sudo service apache2 restart

Step 7 – Access Laravel Application

You have successfully configured the Laravel 5 PHP framework on your system. Access Laravel application in your favorite web browser. Let’s start building an awesome application using Laravel 5 PHP Framework. Thanks.


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