Features

This section gives you a brief overview about the available features.

Table of Contents

Projects

Unlimited projects

The number of projects you can add are so to speak unlimited. Simply add new project directories and they become automatically available in no time.

Automated virtual hosts

Creating a new project is literally done by creating a new directory on the file system. Everything else is automatically taken care of in the background. Virtual hosts are added instantly without having to restart any services.

Automated SSL certificates

Whenever a new project is created, SSL certificates are generated as well and assigned to that virtual host. Those certificates are signed by the Devilbox certificate authority which can be imported into your local browser to make all certificates valid and trusted.

Automated DNS records

The built-in DNS server will automatically make any DNS record available to your host system by using a wild-card DNS record. This removes the need to create developer DNS records in /etc/hosts.

Email catch-all

All outgoing emails originating from your projects are intercepted, stored locally and can be viewed within the bundled intranet.

Log files

Log files for every service are available. Either in the form of Docker logs or as actual log files mounted into the Devilbox git directory. The web and PHP server offer log files for each project separetely.

Virtual host domains

Each of your virtual host will have its own domain. TLD can be freely chosen, such as *.loc or *.local. Be aware that some TLD’s can cause problems. Read more here: TLD_SUFFIX.

Service and version choice

Selective start

Run only the Docker container you actually need, but be able to reload others on the fly once they are needed. So you could first startup PHP and MySQL only and in case you would require a Redis server you can attach it later to the Devilbox stack without having to restart anything.

Version choice

Each provided service (such as PHP, MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc) comes in many different versions. You can enable any combination that matches your perfect development stack.

LAMP and MEAN stack

Run a full LAMP stack with Apache or Nginx and even attach MEAN stack services such as MongoDB.

Configuration

Global configuration

All services can be configured globally by including your very own customized php.ini, php-fpm.conf, my.cnf, nginx.conf. apache.conf and other configuration files.

Version specific configuration

Each version of PHP can have its own php.ini and php-fpm.conf files, each version of MySQL, MariaDB or PerconaDB can have its own my.cnf files, each Apache…, each Nginx… you get the idea.

Project specific configuration

Even down to projects, the Devilbox allows for full customization when it comes to virtual host settings via vhost-gen .

Intranet

Command & Control Center

The intranet is your Command & Control Center showing you all applied settings, mount points, port exposures, hostnames and any errors including how they can be resolved.

Third-party tools

Mandatory web projects are also shipped: phpRedMin , Adminer and OpcacheGui as well as a web GUI to view all sent emails.

Dockerized

Portable

Docker container run on Linux, Windows and MacOS, so does the Devilbox. This ensures that no matter what operating system you are currently on, you can always run your development stack.

Built nightly

Docker images (at least official Devilbox Docker images) are built nightly and pushed to Dockerhub to ensure to always have the latest versions installed and be up-to-date with any security patches that are available.

Work inside the container

Instead of working on you host operating system, you can do everything inside the container. This allows you to have all tools pre-installed and a working unix environment ready.

Work inside and outside the container interchangeably

No matter if you work on your host operating system or inside the Docker container. Special mount points and port-forwards are already in place to make both look the same to you.

Others

Work offline

The Devilbox only requires internet initially to pull the required Docker images, once this is done you can work completely offline. No need for an active internet connection.

Hacking

Last but not least, the Devilbox is bascially just a docker-compose.yml file and you can easily add any Docker images you are currently missing in the Devilbox setup.