CakePHP is a popular PHP framework used for the web development. It is fast and easy to install. Recently CakePHP has released its latest version 3.6 with a variety of changes to improve speed and security. This article will help you to install CakePHP 3.6 (or latest version) on Fedora 28/27/25/24/23 system.
Step 1 – Prerequsities
First of all, you need to set up a LAMP environment to install CakePHP on your Red Hat system. We assume that you already have PHP, MySQL and Apache installed on your system. If you don’t have, use the following article to install it.
Step 2 – Install Composer
Now CakePHP is using composer for managing dependencies. So first we need to install Composer using following command on the system. If already installed then just update to latest version.
curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer chmod +x /usr/local/bin/composer
Step 3 – Create CakePHP 3 Application
After installing the composer on your Fedora system. Let’s create CakePHP application named “MyApp” using composer command as below.
composer create-project --prefer-dist cakephp/app MyApp
Now set the proper permission for your project files. For Red Hat based system Apache default uses apache as the user. So change files ownership as per your setup.
chown -R apache:apache MyApp chmod -R 755 MyApp chmod -R 777 MyApp/tmp
Step 4 – Setup Database for CakePHP
For this article, we are using MySQL as the database server. First use following commands to create a MySQL database and create.
mysql> CREATE DATABASE CakePHPDB;
mysql> GRANT ALL ON CakePHPDB.* to 'dbuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '_password_';
mysql> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
Now edit config/app.php configuration file and search for your database setting. Make necessary changes as per below details
'Datasources' => [ 'default' => [ 'className' => 'Cake\Database\Connection', 'driver' => 'Cake\DatabaseDriver\Mysql', 'persistent' => false, 'host' => '
localhost', //'port' => 'nonstandard_port_number', 'username' => ' dbuser', 'password' => ' _password_', 'database' => ' CakePHPDB', 'encoding' => 'utf8', 'timezone' => 'UTC', 'cacheMetadata' => true,
Here, you have two options to run your CakePHP application. For development system follow the Step 5(A) and for Production deployment follow step 5(B).
Step 5(A) – Deploy CakePHP on Development System
First is to use its built-in web server preferred for development purpose installation. This will make your application available at http://host:port. From the app directory, execute:
By default, without any arguments provided, this will serve your application on localhost at port 8765.
You can also specify your own host and port like below
bin/cake server -H 192.168.10.123 -p 1234
This will serve your application at http://192.168.10.123:1234/
Step 5(B) – Deploy CakePHP on Production System
Second is deploy with external web servers like Apache its preferred for production use. Let’s create an Apache VirtualHost configuration file using the following content.
sudo vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/cakephp.conf
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin [email protected] ServerName cakephp.example.com DocumentRoot /var/www/html/MyApp/webroot <Directory /var/www/html/MyApp> Allowoverride All </Directory> </VirtualHost>
Change the ServerName and document root as per your setup. Then restart Apache service
sudo systemctl restart httpd
Now access your CakePHP application in a web browser.