How to install Yii2 on ubuntu

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How to install Yii2 on ubuntu using composer

Best way to install Yii Framework is using composer. Below we will see installation steps of a php framework yii2 on ubuntu. Let’s see How to install yii2 on ubuntu using composer. Before composer install we need some more packages installation. In this article (How to install Yii2 on ubuntu using composer) we will explore step by step all the commands to make yii2 installation easy and need to make yii2 install. You need to just run these commands step by step via terminal.

Requirement :-
PHP >= 5.4
Some of packages installed :- curl, openssl, mcrypt etc.

Below are the steps of installing yii2 on ubuntu using composer:- first we need to install latest update and upgrade of ubuntu server. so for this run below command at your terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

After update we need to install php, apche, mysql (if not already installed)

Install php mysql and apache

sudo apt-get install apache2
sudo apt-get install php5
sudo apt-get install mysql-server
sudo apt-get install php5-mysql

Now we need to install some of require extension (json, curl, mcrypt etc.) to run and download yii2 framework. and then restart apache server to setup all extension. May be you don’t need to all extension but it’s sometimes require extension you need.

#installing json extension
sudo apt-get install php5-json
#installing unzip extension
sudo apt-get install unzip
#installing curl extension
sudo apt-get install curl
#installing openssl extension
sudo apt-get install openssl
#installing mcrypt extension
sudo apt-get install php5-mcrypt
#enable mcrypt extension
sudo php5enmod mcrypt
#enable mod rewrite extension
sudo a2enmod rewrite
#php gd extension
sudo apt-get install php5-gd
#restarting apache
sudo service apache2 restart

After successfully configure all php setup and require extension we need to install composer to download yii2 from remote server. for this first command will be for download composer using curl then second one move composer to local user directory for make composer globally use.

# installing composer
curl -sS | php
# move composer globally
sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
# check composer working


Note :- If you have already installed composer and it’s a old version you can update composer via below command

# updating composer
composer self-update

Now we have composer installed successfully on our ubuntu. and then we need to install yii2 on ubuntu. I am sharing steps below with terminal command run screen-shots that how to install yii2 on ubuntu.

Now need to install Composer asset plugin first using composer. Composer asset plugin allows managing bower and npm package dependencies.

# install Composer asset plugin
composer global require "fxp/composer-asset-plugin:1.0.0"


Now run below command to install yii2. First i am going switch to my preferred destination where i want to install yii2 so i am installing at /var/www/html/ directory.
Note:- During installation Composer may ask for your Github login credentials. This is normal because Composer needs to get enough API rate-limit to retrieve the dependent package information from Github.

# changing dir
cd /var/www/html/
# install yii2
composer create-project yiisoft/yii2-app-basic basic


You can also give your location at installation time see Full command of yii2 installation is there “–prefer-dist” means location where you want to install yii.

composer create-project --prefer-dist yiisoft/yii2-app-basic basic

Now check your preferred location you have a new directory named “basic” you can rename it. also you can rename basic to your-name at installation time like below.

composer create-project --prefer-dist yiisoft/yii2-app-basic NewName

Now you are done with how to install yii2 on ubuntu. and open url on http://localhost/basic/web/ and bam. Now you can enjoy a new php framework. you can get more about this on official site of yii framework and see what’s new features you are getting. you will really enjoy this php framework.

Note :- If you want to install the latest development version of Yii then you need to execute below command via terminal.

composer create-project --prefer-dist --stability=dev yiisoft/yii2-app-basic basic

How to install Yii2 on ubuntu