Setup Typo3

This example will use composer to install Typo3 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 Laravel 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-typo /shared/httpd/my-typo my_typo loc http://my-typo.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 Typo3 via composer
  4. Symlink webroot directory
  5. Setup DNS record
  6. Create FIRST_INSTALL file
  7. Open your browser
  8. 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-typo

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3. Install Typo3

Navigate into your newly created vhost directory and install Typo3 with composer.

devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd $ cd my-typo
devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd/my-typo $ composer create-project typo3/cms-base-distribution typo3

How does the directory structure look after installation:

devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd/my-typo $ tree -L 1
└── typo3

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-typo.loc

6. Create FIRST_INSTALL file

To continue installing via the guided web install, you need to create a file called FIRST_INSTALL in the document root.

devilbox@php-7.0.20 in /shared/httpd/my-typo $ touch htdocs/FIRST_INSTALL

8. Step through guided web installation

  1. Select database
    • Connection: Manually configured MySWQL TCP/IP connection
    • Username: root
    • Password
    • Host:
    • Port: 3306
  2. Select database
    • Create a new database: typo3
  3. Create Administrative User / Specify Site Name
    • Username: admin
    • Password: choose a secure password
    • Site name: My Typo
  4. Installation complete
    • Create empty starting page

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.