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2017: Setting up Laravel on Ubuntu 16.04

Each operating system has it's own issues. I ran into one recently when installing Laravel on my Ubuntu System. Before I begin, this is what I did to get it initialized.

  • I installed LAMP
  • In terminal run php -v
  • If it comes back as 5.6 you'll have to change the version to the latest version, i.e. 7.1
  • To do that, open your terminal and enter the following
    • $ sudo a2dismod php5.6
    • $ sudo a2enmod php7.1
    • $ sudo service apache2 restart
  • Verify that it's the new version: php -v
  • Next, get composer. 
  • cd into your LAMP root directory
  • Run the following command to create a Laravel project:
    • sudo composer create-project laravel/laravel your-project-name --prefer-dist
  • Wait until it's complete and navigate to your newly created directory/public folder in your browser
    • http://localhost/your-project-name/public
At this point I received an error and it stated:

The stream or file "/home/dino/www/your-project-name/storage/logs/laravel.log" could not be opened: failed to open stream: Permission denied. 

We'll have to modify the permissions slightly to get rid of this message.
  • cd into your-project-name folder. How do you know you're there?
    • If you type in ls you should see the .env file
  • Type the following commands and you're done
    • $ sudo chown -R yourusername:www-data storage
      • For me this was, sudo chown -R dino:www-data storage
    • $ sudo chmod -R ug+w
    • $ php artisan cache:clear
    • $ php artisan dump-autoload
      • You might get an error. Just keep going.
    • composer dump-autoload
  • And you're done. Refresh the page in your browser and you'll see that it now works.
As an additional note. If you're planning on pushing the files to a production server, the easiest way is to install FileZilla and connect to your server.
  • Modify the database file if you're using the database online
  • Upload the entire folder's contents
  • If you're just getting a 500 error, and you have access to cPanel, continue on.
  • Go to
  • After logging into your account, navigate to Software -> MultiPHP Manager
  • Select your domain by clicking on the checkbox next to it.
  • Select ea-php70 from the PHP Version drop-down and click Apply.
  • Refresh the page and you'll see that it all works now.


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