How to create a PHP Laravel application with our quickstart repository#
The PHP Laravel quickstart repository is a template that gives you the fastest possible way of launching a new Laravel application on Divio.
It’s based on Laravel’s own example application. The only additions are some glue code to handle configuration using environment variables, plus some additional files to take care of the Docker set-up.
Clone the repository#
git clone [email protected]:divio/php-laravel-divio-quickstart.git
You’ll find a directory named
divio containing some helper modules scripts and modules, that are used (for
example) to read the environment variables we provide to configure database and media storage.
Run the application locally#
This section assumes that you have Docker and the Divio CLI installed. You also need an account on Divio, and your account needs your SSH public key. See How to set up the Divio local development environment if required.
Build the Docker image#
Run database migrations#
First, open a bash shell in a local container:
docker-compose run web bash
Then, in the shell run migrations using Artisan:
php artisan migrate
An error can occur if the the MySQL service has failed to start up in time:
Illuminate\Database\QueryException SQLSTATE[HY000]  Connection refused [...]
In this case, wait a few moments and run the command again.
Then exit the shell.
Launch the local server#
This starts up the container with the default
command in the
docker-compose.yml file, which is:
bash -c "chmod a+x /app/divio/run-locally.sh && php /app/divio/run-env.php /app/divio/run-locally.sh"
Try accessing the site at http://127.0.0.1:8000/.
If you comment out that line in
docker-compose.yml, it will start up with the command specified in the
You now have a working, running application ready for further development. All the commands you might normally execute
in development need to be run inside the Docker container - prefix them with
docker-compose run web.
/app to the local host filesystem#
The host/container volume mapping directive in the
docker-compose.yml file is commented out by default:
# - ".:/app:rw"
If you uncomment this entry, the entire
/app directory inside the container will be overridden by the application
files from the host when using Docker Compose. This can be useful for development.
However you will now need to re-run any commands in the
Dockerfile that change items within the
as part of the build process, otherwise the file changes made by
Dockerfile operations in the image will not be
reflected in the container.
For convenience, all these commands are included in the
setup.sh file. If you do need to map
/app to the host
docker-compose run web sh setup.sh
docker-compose build operations.
Launching the local server with Nginx#
Dockerfile launches the server with Nginx:
CMD php /app/divio/run-env.php "/usr/bin/dumb-init nginx && php-fpm -R"
However when you start a local instance with
docker-compose up, it uses the
command: bash -c "chmod a+x /app/divio/run-locally.sh && php /app/divio/run-env.php /app/divio/run-locally.sh"
Comment this out to use Nginx locally with Docker Compose.
Your application is ready for deployment on our cloud platform. The basic steps are:
create an application on the Divio Control Panel, with any required services
push your code/connect your Git repository
deploy one or more cloud environments
These steps are covered in more detail in Deploy your application to Divio.