Laravel 5.2 on CentOS 7.2 up and running

I was asked to develop this web application for an academic research project recently and I was looking for robust backend framework. PHP was my obvious choice but there are tons of frameworks written in PHP, so like any other millennial I have decided to look what’s trending :
Google trending
Also, I have been hearing a lot of good things about Laravel, so I have decided to go with Laravel. To get started with the framework we need to setup a development environment and Laravel documentation allows you to install in couple of ways:
  1. Pre-built homestead vagrant box
  2. Using composer
Keeping in mind that I need to deploy this project one day to a production server I have decided to build a vagrant box with CentOS 7. Following is the step by step tutorial on how to build your own Laravel 5.2 vagrant box with CentOS 7.2.
Note: I assume that the readers have basic understanding of vagrant/virtual development environments and server requests

1. Getting vagrant box ready

  1. Create a Vagrantfile within your project directory. I like to keep my naming conventions simple, so for me it is Vagrant/Vagrantfile
  2. open your Vagrantfile and include:
     # -*- mode: ruby -*-
     # vi: set ft=ruby :
     PROJECT_NAME = "MyLaravel"
     API_VERSION  = "2"
     Vagrant.configure(API_VERSION) do |config|
         config.vm.define PROJECT_NAME, primary: true do |config|
             config.vm.provider :virtualbox do |vb|
        = PROJECT_NAME
    = "bento/centos-7.2" "private_network", ip: ""
    :forwarded_port, guest: 80, host: 8056
             config.vm.provision "shell", path: ""
  3. Now, you can see that we have included a provision file, let’s create in your project directory. So it will be Vagrant/

2. Install LAMP stack and composer

  1. We will install the lamp stack and composer with vagrant provision so that it is simple enough for us to install laravel from there onwards. Open and include:
    #description     :This script will install laravel on PHP 7
    #author               :Ajay Krishna Teja Kavuri
    #date            :20160718
    #version         :0.1
    #Formal update for no reason
    yum -y update
    #Setup Yum messages
    rpm -Uvh
    rpm -Uvh
    rpm -Uvh
    yum -y update
    echo -e "----Added RPM's----\n\n"
    # Install apache
    yum -y install httpd httpd-devel httpd-manual httpd-tools
    echo -e "----Installed Apache----\n\n"
    # Install MySQL
    yum -y install mysql-connector-java mysql-connector-odbc mysql-devel mysql-lib mysql-server
    echo -e "----Installed MySQL----\n\n"
    # Install MySQL mods
    yum -y install mod_auth_kerb mod_auth_mysql mod_authz_ldap mod_evasive mod_perl mod_security mod_ssl mod_wsgi
    echo -e "----Installed Auth Plugins for MySQL----\n\n"
    # Install PHP 7
    yum -y install php70w php70w-bcmath php70w-cli php70w-common php70w-gd php70w-ldap php70w-mbstring php70w-mcrypt php70w-mysql php70w-odbc php70w-pdo php70w-pear php70w-pear-Benchmark php70w-pecl-apc php70w-pecl-imagick php70w-pecl-memcache php70w-soap php70w-xml php70w-xmlrpc
    echo -e "----Installed PHP 7----\n\n"
    # Start and set apache
    sudo systemctl start httpd
    sudo systemctl enable httpd
    echo -e "----Started Apache----\n\n"
    # Install composer
    curl -sS | php
    sudo chmod +x composer.phar
    mv composer.phar /usr/bin/composer
    echo -e "----Installed composer----\n\n"
    Note: Feel free to go ahead and change the header of this bash file
  2. Now your vagrant environment is ready. Go ahead and do a vagrant up from your project directory. In my case project directory will be Vagrant.

3. Install and configure laravel with composer

  1. Run vagarnt ssh to get into your vagrant box
  2. Change your directory, I choose vagrant filepath so that I can see changes on my local machine.
    cd /home/vagrant
  3. Install laravel installer
    composer global require "laravel/installer"
  4. export the path for using laravel tool set
    export PATH=~/.config/composer/vendor/bin:$PATH
  5. Create a new laravel project
    laravel new MyLaravel
  6. move your project to apache folder
    sudo mv /home/vagrant/MyLaravel /var/www/html
  7. Change the permissions for laravel storage and apache
    chmod 775 /var/www/html/MyLaravel/storage
    sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/MyLaravel
    sudo chmod 755 /var/www
  8. Add VirtualHost to httpd config
    Alias /MyLaravel /var/www/html/MyLaravel/public
    <VirtualHost *:80>
        DocumentRoot /var/www/html/MyLaravel/public
        <Directory /var/www/html/MyLaravel>
               AllowOverride All
  9. Restart the apache
    sudo systemctl restart httpd

    4. Demo

    Once you open your vagrant host which should be (if you use the same vagrantfile) you should see something like this:


I am very much aware that laravel comes with it’s own server and lot simpler to just install php and use laravel installer but this method will allow me to destroy and rebuild environment and also allow me to deploy this on a production server lot quicker.

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