Setup Magento 2

This example will use git and composer to install Magento 2 from within the Devilbox PHP container.

After completing the below listed steps, you will have a working Magento 2 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-magento /shared/httpd/my-magento my_magento loc http://my-magento.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. Install Magento 2 via git and composer
  4. Symlink webroot directory
  5. Add MySQL database
  6. Setup DNS record
  7. Visit http://my-magento.loc in your browser

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-7.1.20 in /shared/httpd $ mkdir my-magento

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3. Install Magento 2

Navigate into your newly created vhost directory and install Magento 2 with git.

devilbox@php-7.1.20 in /shared/httpd $ cd my-magento

# Download Magento 2 via git
devilbox@php-7.1.20 in /shared/httpd/my-magento $ git clone

# Checkout the latest stable git tag
devilbox@php-7.1.20 in /shared/httpd/my-magento $ cd magento2
devilbox@php-7.1.20 in /shared/httpd/my-magento/magento2 $ git checkout 2.2.5

# Install dependencies with Composer
devilbox@php-7.1.20 in /shared/httpd/my-magento/magento2 $ composer install

How does the directory structure look after installation:

devilbox@php-7.1.20 in /shared/httpd/my-magento $ tree -L 1
└── magento2

1 directory, 0 files

5. Add MySQL Database

devilbox@php-7.1.20 in /shared/httpd/my-magento $ mysql -u root -h -p -e 'CREATE DATABASE my_magento;'

7. 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-magento.loc

8. Open your browser

All set now, you can visit http://my-magento.loc or https://my-magento.loc in your browser and follow the installation steps.


Use for the MySQL database hostname.