How To Install Symfony 3 Framework on Ubuntu, Debian & LinuxMint

Symfony is a web application framework written in PHP. Its provides a set of reusable PHP components. Symfony 3 is the latest version available of this releases. Currently it is providing 30 stand-alone components for your applications.
This tutorial will help you to install Symfony 3 php framework on Ubuntu, Debian and LinuxMint operating systems.

Step 1 – Install Apache & PHP

First start with the installation of LAMP server on your system. If you have already running LAMP stack skip this step else use followings commands to set up lamp on Ubuntu system.

Install PHP 5.6

$ sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install -y php5.6 php5.6-intl

Install Apache2

$ apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php5

Step 2 – Setup Symfony Installer

Symfony provides its own installer for creating new projects. Below commands will help you to setup Symfony installer on your system.
$ sudo curl -LsS -o /usr/local/bin/symfony
$ sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/symfony 

Step 3 – Create New Symfony 3 Application

After successful setup of Symfony installer on your system. Let’s start with your new Symfony application. Navigate to your web document root and create a new Symfony application.
$ cd /var/www
$ symfony new myproj
Now change to newly created directory and check if all requirements are properly installed on your system. If everything is fine you will get following results.
$ cd myproj
$ php bin/symfony_requirements

 Your system is ready to run Symfony3 projects 

Step 4 – Start Application in Development Mode

Now start development with Symfony php framework and built great application’s. To view changes in browser you can start Symfony developer web server using following command. By default web server will start on port 8000.
$ php bin/console server:run

 [OK] Server running on
 // Quit the server with CONTROL-C.
Now access http://localhost:8000 in web browser.
Step 5 – Create Apache VirtualHost
Now If you need to configure Symfony with sub domain. Create a new Apache configuration file under directory /etc/apache2/sites-available/ and add Virtual Host for your Symfony 3 application.
$ vim /etc/apache2/sites-available/
directory and add below content.
<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/myproj/web

    <Directory /var/www/myproj/web>
        AllowOverride All
        Order Allow,Deny
        Allow from All
        <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
            Options -MultiViews
            RewriteEngine On
            RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
            RewriteRule ^(.*)$ app.php [QSA,L]

    ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/myproj_error.log
    CustomLog /var/log/apache2/myproj_access.log combined

Finally enable website and reload Apache service using below command.
$ sudo a2ensite
$ sudo service apache2 reload
  Click here to read more about Symfony framework.

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