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

Setup ProcessWire

This example will use composer to install ProcessWire from within the Devilbox PHP container.


Using composer requires the underlying file system to support symlinks. If you use Docker Toolbox you need to explicitly allow/enable this. See below for instructions:

After completing the below listed steps, you will have a working ProcessWire 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-pw /shared/httpd/my-pw my_pw loc http://my-pw.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.

The following Devilbox configuration is required:

Service Version Implications
Webserver Apache 2.4 Apache is required instead of Nginx as ProcessWire provides default .htaccess files for routing
PHP PHP-FPM 7.2 Chosen for this example as it is the Devilbox default version
Database MariaDB 10.3 Chosen for this example as it is the Devilbox default version


If you want to use Nginx instead, you will need to adjust the vhost congfiguration accordingly to ProcessWire requirements.

Walk through

It will be ready in eight simple steps:

  1. Enter the PHP container
  2. Create a new VirtualHost directory
  3. Install ProcessWire via composer
  4. Symlink webroot directory
  5. Setup DNS record
  6. Open your browser
  7. Step through guided web installation

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-pw

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3. Install ProcessWire

Navigate into your newly created vhost directory and install ProcessWire with composer.

devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd $ cd my-pw
devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd/my-pw $ composer create-project processwire/processwire

How does the directory structure look after installation:

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

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-pw.loc

7. Step through guided web installation


ProcessWire installation: Overview


ProcessWire installation: Profile Choice


ProcessWire installation: Choose Default Profile


ProcessWire installation: Compatibility Check


ProcessWire installation: General Setup


ProcessWire installation: Admin Setup


ProcessWire installation: Setup completed

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.