You can now run different PHP versions per project: Release v3.0.0-beta-0.1

Setup ExpressionEngine

This example will use curl to install ExpressionEngine from within the Devilbox PHP container.

After completing the below listed steps, you will have a working ExpressionEngine setup ready to be served via http and https.

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The following configuration will be used:

Project name VirtualHost directory Database TLD_SUFFIX Project URL
my-ee /shared/httpd/my-ee my_ee loc http://my-ee.loc


  • Inside the Devilbox PHP container, projects are always in /shared/httpd/.
  • On your host operating system, projects are by default in ./data/www/ inside the Devilbox git directory. This path can be changed via HOST_PATH_HTTPD_DATADIR.

Walk through

It will be ready in eight simple steps:

  1. Enter the PHP container
  2. Create a new VirtualHost directory
  3. Download and extract ExpressionEngine
  4. Symlink webroot directory
  5. Add MySQL Database
  6. Setup DNS record
  7. Install ExpressionEngine
  8. View your site

1. Enter the PHP container

All work will be done inside the PHP container as it provides you with all required command line tools.

Navigate to the Devilbox git directory and execute (or shell.bat on Windows) to enter the running PHP container.

host> ./

2. Create new vhost directory

The vhost directory defines the name under which your project will be available.
( <vhost dir>.TLD_SUFFIX will be the final URL ).

devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd $ mkdir my-ee

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3. Download and extract ExpressionEngine

Navigate into your newly created vhost directory and install ExpressionEngine.

devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd $ cd my-ee
devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd/my-ee $ curl '' -H 'Referer:' --compressed -o
devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd/my-ee $ mkdir ee
devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd/my-ee $ unzip -d ee

How does the directory structure look after installation:

devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd/my-ee $ tree -L 1
├── ee

1 directory, 1 file

5. Add MySQL Database

devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd/my-ee $ mysql -u root -h -p -e 'CREATE DATABASE my_ee CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci;'


  • Remember the database name you create here. It will be needed again during the installation process.

6. DNS record

If you have Auto DNS configured already, you can skip this section, because DNS entries will be available automatically by the bundled DNS server.

If you don’t have Auto DNS configured, you will need to add the following line to your host operating systems /etc/hosts file (or C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc on Windows):

/etc/hosts my-ee.loc

7. Install ExpressionEngine

Point your browser to http://my-ee.loc/admin.php or https://my-ee.loc/admin.php and follow the on-screen instructions to install ExpressionEngine.


Once the Installation Wizard is finished, you should rename or remove the system/ee/installer/ directory from your install directory if it was not done by the install wizard.

8. View Your Site

All set now, you can visit your site’s homepage by opening http://my-ee.loc or https://my-ee.loc in your browser.

Your control panel will also be available by opening http://my-ee.loc/admin.php or https://my-ee.loc/admin.php in your browser.


  • If you chose not to install the default theme, your site’s homepage will appear blank because no templates or content has been created yet.
  • If you’re new to ExpressionEngine, get started with the 10 Minute Primer

Next steps

Once everything is installed and setup correctly, you might be interested in a few follow-up topics.

Use bundled batteries

The Devilbox ships most common Web UIs accessible from the intranet.

Enhance the Devilbox

Go ahead and make the Devilbox more smoothly by setting up its core features.

Add services

In case your framework/CMS requires it, attach caching, queues, database or performance tools.

Container tools

Stay inside the container and use what’s available.