How to deploy Sylius eCommerce on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will deploy Sylius eCommerce on Ubuntu 20.04. We will install PHP, MySQL as a database, and Nginx, Yarn and Node.js.

Sylius provides modern software and development practices that encode a customer-centric approach and agility in your team’s processes and technology.


Let’s start with the installation.

Step 1 – Keep the server up to date

# apt update -y

# apt upgrade -y

Step 2 – Install required packages

# apt install -y unzip socat

Step 3 – Install and configure PHP

# apt install -y php php-cli php-fpm php-common php-mysql php-gd php-intl php-zip php-curl php-xml php-mbstring

Verify the PHP installation:

# php -v


PHP 7.4.3 (cli) (built: Oct 6 2020 15:47:56) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.4.0, Copyright (c) Zend Technologies
with Zend OPcache v7.4.3, Copyright (c), by Zend Technologies

Modify memory_limit and set date.timezone

Open php.ini file and find memory_limit and date.timezone

# vi /etc/php/7.4/fpm/php.ini

Set memory_limit to 1024M and set date.timezone according to your Region and city.

memory_limit = 1024M
date.timezone = Region/City

Restart PHP-FPM

# systemctl restart php7.4-fpm.service

Step 4 – Install MySQL and create a database

Install MySQL.

# apt install -y mysql-server

Check the version.

# mysql –version

Run mysql_secure installation script to improve MySQL security and set the password for MySQL root user.

# mysql_secure_installation

and follow these steps

Would you like to setup VALIDATE PASSWORD plugin? N
Please set the password for root here.
New password:
Re-enter new password:
Remove anonymous users? Y
Disallow root login remotely? Y
Remove test database and access to it? Y
Reload privilege tables now? Y


Connect to MySQL shell as the root user.

# mysql -u root -p

Create an empty MySQL database and user for Sylius, and remember the credentials.

GRANT ALL ON dbname.* TO ‘username’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘password’;

NOTE: Replace dbname and username with appropriate names for your setup. Replace password with a strong password.

Step 5 – Install and configure Nginx

# apt install -y nginx

Check the version.

# nginx -v

Create one Nginx configuration file for Sylius.

# vi /etc/nginx/sites-available/sylius.conf

Add following lines in the file.

server {
listen 80;
root /var/www/sylius/public;
location / {
try_files $uri /index.php$is_args$args;
location ~ ^/index\.php(/|$) {
fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.*)$;
include fastcgi_params;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $realpath_root$fastcgi_script_name;
fastcgi_param DOCUMENT_ROOT $realpath_root;
location ~ \.php$ {
return 404;
client_max_body_size 6m;

Save and exit

Activate the new sylius.conf configuration by linking the file to the sites-enabled directory.

# ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/sylius.conf /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Test the configuration.

# nginx -t

Start and enable Nginx.

# systemctl start nginx.service

# systemctl enable nginx.service

Step 6 – Install Composer

Install Composer globally.

# php -r “copy(‘’, ‘composer-setup.php’);”

# php composer-setup.php

# php -r “unlink(‘composer-setup.php’);”

# mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

Check the version.

# composer –version

Step 7 – Install Node.js

# curl -sL | sudo -E bash –

# apt install -y nodejs

Check the version.

# node –version

Step 8 – Install Yarn

Install the Yarn package manager.

# curl -sS | sudo apt-key add –
# echo “deb stable main” | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list
# apt-get update && sudo apt-get install yarn

Check the version.

# yarn –version

Step 9 – Install Sylius

Create a document root directory.

# mkdir -p /var/www/sylius

Navigate to the document directory.

# cd /var/www/sylius

Initiate a new Sylius project by running this command:

# composer create-project sylius/sylius-standard .

Run vi .env.local to enter database details and to run Sylius in an environment of choice.


Note: Replace usernamepassword and dbname with your database details.

After everything is in place, run the following command to install Sylius:

# php bin/console sylius:install -e prod

In order to see a fully functional frontend, you will need to install its assets. Sylius uses Gulp to build frontend assets using Yarn as a JavaScript package manager. Having Yarn installed, go to your project directory to install the dependencies.

# yarn install

Then build the frontend assets by running:

# yarn build

Change ownership of the /var/www/sylius directory to www-data.

# chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/sylius

The Sylius e-commerce platform is installed. By default, administration panel routes to /admin.

In this tutorial, we have seen how to deploy Sylius eCommerce on Ubuntu 20.04.

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