How to Install Shopware CE on FreeBSD 11

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Shopware is an open source eCommerce platform for online businesses. Shopware source code is hosted on Github. This guide will show you how to install Shopware Community Edition (CE) on a fresh FreeBSD 11 Vultr server instance.


Minimum requirements of Shopware are:

  • PHP version 5.6.4 or above with the following extensions:
    • ctype
    • curl
    • dom
    • hash
    • iconv
    • gd
    • json
    • mbstring
    • openssl
    • session
    • simplexml
    • xml
    • zip
    • zlib
    • pdo/mysql
  • Nginx or Apache with mod_rewrite enabled. This guide will use Nginx.
  • MySQL version 5.5.0 or above.
  • IonCube Loader version 5.0. Optional, but recommended.

Before you begin

Check the FreeBSD version.

uname -ro# FreeBSD 11.2-RELEASE

Ensure that your FreeBSD system is up to date.

freebsd-update fetch installpkg update && pkg upgrade -y

Install sudo, vim, unzip, wget and bash packages if they are not present on your system.

pkg install -y sudo vim unzip wget bash

Create a new user account with your preferred username (we will use johndoe).

adduser# Username: johndoe# Full name: John Doe# Uid (Leave empty for default): <Enter># Login group [johndoe]: <Enter># Login group is johndoe. Invite johndoe into other groups? []: wheel# Login class [default]: <Enter># Shell (sh csh tcsh nologin) [sh]: bash# Home directory [/home/johndoe]: <Enter># Home directory permissions (Leave empty for default): <Enter># Use password-based authentication? [yes]: <Enter># Use an empty password? (yes/no) [no]: <Enter># Use a random password? (yes/no) [no]: <Enter># Enter password: your_secure_password# Enter password again: your_secure_password# Lock out the account after creation? [no]: <Enter># OK? (yes/no): yes# Add another user? (yes/no): no# Goodbye!

Run the visudo command and uncomment the %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL line, to allow members of the wheel group to execute any command.

# Uncomment by removing the hash (#) sign%wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

Now, switch to your newly created user with su command.

su - johndoe

NOTE: Replace johndoe with your username.

Set up the timezone.

sudo tzsetup

Install PHP

Install PHP, as well as the necessary PHP extensions.

sudo pkg install -y php72 php72-ctype php72-curl php72-dom php72-hash php72-iconv php72-gd php72-json php72-mbstring php72-openssl php72-session php72-simplexml php72-xml php72-zip php72-zlib php72-pdo php72-pdo_mysql php72-filter php72-ftp php72-tokenizer php72-calendar php72-pecl-APCu php72-opcache

Check the version.

php --version# PHP 7.2.10 (cli) (built: Oct  2 2018 01:30:18) ( NTS )# Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group# Zend Engine v3.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies#     with Zend OPcache v7.2.10, Copyright (c) 1999-2018, by Zend Technologies

Soft-link php.ini-production to php.ini.

sudo ln -s /usr/local/etc/php.ini-production /usr/local/etc/php.ini

Enable and start PHP-FPM.

sudo sysrc php_fpm_enable=yessudo service php-fpm start

Install IonCube Loader

Download IonCube Loader.

cd /tmp && wget

Extract the loader.

tar xfz ioncube_loaders_fre_*.tar.gz

Find the PHP extensions directory on the system by running the commands below.

php -i | grep extension_dir# extension_dir => /usr/local/lib/php/20170718 => /usr/local/lib/php/20170718

Copy the IonCube Loader into the PHP extensions directory.

sudo cp /tmp/ioncube/ /usr/local/lib/php/20170718

Open the PHP configuration file.

sudo vim /usr/local/etc/php.ini

Then, add a line to the file to include the loader. It can be anywhere in the file below the [PHP] line.

zend_extension = /usr/local/lib/php/20170718/

Save the file and restart PHP-FPM.

sudo service php-fpm restart

Install MariaDB and setup the database

Download and install MariaDB.

sudo pkg install -y mariadb102-client mariadb102-server

Check the version.

mysql --version# mysql  Ver 15.1 Distrib 10.2.17-MariaDB, for FreeBSD11.2 (amd64) using readline 5.1

Enable and start MariaDB.

sudo sysrc mysql_enable="yes" sudo service mysql-server start

Run the mysql_secure_installation script to improve the security of your installation.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Log in to MariaDB as the root user.

sudo mysql -u root -p# Enter password:

Create a new database and user, and remember the credentials.


Exit MariaDB.


Install and configure Nginx

Install Nginx.

sudo pkg install -y nginx

Check the version.

nginx -v# nginx version: nginx/1.14.0

Enable and start Nginx.

sudo sysrc nginx_enable=yessudo service nginx start

Run sudo vim /usr/local/etc/nginx/shopware.conf and configure Nginx for Shopware.

server {  listen 80;  listen [::]:80;  server_name; # Check this  root /usr/local/www/shopware; # Check this  index shopware.php index.php;  location / {    try_files $uri $uri/ /shopware.php$is_args$args;  }  location /recovery/install {    index index.php;    try_files $uri /recovery/install/index.php$is_args$args;  }  location ~ /.php$ {    fastcgi_pass; # Check this    fastcgi_index index.php;    fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;    include fastcgi_params;   }}

Save the file and exit with :+W+Q.

Now we need to include shopware.conf in the main nginx.conf file.

Run sudo vim /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf and add the following line to the http {} block.

include shopware.conf;

Test the configuration.

sudo nginx -t

Reload Nginx.

sudo service nginx reload

Install Shopware

Create a document root directory.

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/www/shopware

Change ownership of the /usr/local/www/shopware directory to johndoe.

sudo chown -R johndoe:johndoe /usr/local/www/shopware

Download the latest release of Shopware.

cd /usr/local/www/shopwarewget -O shopware.zipunzip shopware.ziprm

NOTE: Update the download link in the command above if there is a newer release.

Change ownership of the /usr/local/www/shopware directory to www.

sudo chown -R www:www /usr/local/www/shopware

Open the /usr/local/etc/php.ini file.

sudo vim /usr/local/etc/php.ini

Increase memory_limit = 256M and upload_max_filesize = 6M, and set allow_url_fopen = On if it is not already set.

After making changes in the /etc/php/7.2/fpm/php.ini file, reload php-fpm.service

sudo service php-fpm reload

Open your domain/IP in the web browser and follow the installation wizard. The backend of Shopware is located at /backend example:

You have successfully installed Shopware.

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