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

Setup Phalcon

This example will use phalcon to install Phalcon from within the Devilbox PHP container.

After completing the below listed steps, you will have a working Phalcon 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-phalcon /shared/httpd/my-phalcon n.a. loc http://my-phalcon.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 six simple steps:

  1. Enter the PHP container
  2. Create a new VirtualHost directory
  3. Install Phalcon
  4. Symlink webroot directory
  5. Setup DNS record
  6. Visit http://my-phalcon.loc in your browser
  7. (Nginx) Create custom vhost config file

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-phalcon

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3. Install Phalcon

Navigate into your newly created vhost directory and install Phalcon with phalcon cli.

devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd $ cd my-phalcon
devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd/my-phalcon $ phalcon project phalconphp

How does the directory structure look after installation:

devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd/my-phalcon $ tree -L 1
└── phalconphp

1 directory, 0 files

5. 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-phalcon.loc

7. Create custom vhost config file (Nginx Only)

By default routes will not work if using Nginx. To fix this, you will need to create a custom vhost configuration.

In your project folder, you will need to create a folder called .devilbox unless you changed HTTPD_TEMPLATE_DIR in your .env

Copy the default nginx config from ./cfg/vhost-gen/nginx.yml-example-vhost to ./data/www/my-project/.devilbox/nginx.yml

Carefully edit the nginx.yml file and change:

try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$args; to try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?_url=$uri&$args;


location ~ \.php?$ { to location ~ [^/]\.php(/|$) {

save the file as nginx.yml and ensure not to use any tabs in the file or devilbox will not use the custom configuration. You can use yamllint nginx.yml whilst inside the Devilbox shell to check the file before restarting devilbox.

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.