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Setting up Laravel 5.0 for Openshift

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Earlier on Laravel 5.0 has been released, with an overhaul on directory structure, easier form validation, out of the box authentication support, introduction of middleware and more. While you can find out more from the release note, this post explains how a new version of Laravel can be pushed onto Openshift and get running.

To begin with, let’s grab the Laravel 5.0 release and put it on to Openshift. This is done as usual via Composer.


composer create-project laravel/laravel --prefer-dist


I think the .gitignore that came with this installation is not as good as before for the lack of ignoring files like .DS_Store, Thumbs.db, composer.lock and so on. You can modify .gitignore the way you wish, or simply copy this.


You pretty much understand what most of the ignored files are except for .env, which is newly introduced in Laravel 5.0 as an attempt to simplify the configuration of the confusing development environment back in Laravel 4.2.

In your local environment, you can simply put your database setting into .env. I specifically added the DB_PORT setting because we need it to get it on Openshift.




Look at my config/database.php you will see how the setting in .env are used. Like before we try to get environmental variables from Openshift. The function env('DB_HOST', 'default') will take either DB_HOST from .env or use the default value in the second parameter. Since .env is excluded from version control, Laravel will take the Openshift-specific settings instead.

'mysql' => [
    'driver'    => 'mysql',
    'host'      => env('DB_HOST', getenv('OPENSHIFT_MYSQL_DB_HOST')),
    'database'  => env('DB_DATABASE', getenv('OPENSHIFT_APP_NAME')),
    'username'  => env('DB_USERNAME', getenv('OPENSHIFT_MYSQL_DB_USERNAME')),
    'password'  => env('DB_PASSWORD', getenv('OPENSHIFT_MYSQL_DB_PASSWORD')),
    'port'      => env('DB_PORT', getenv('OPENSHIFT_MYSQL_DB_PORT')),
    'charset'   => 'utf8',
    'collation' => 'utf8_unicode_ci',
    'prefix'    => '',
    'strict'    => false,

To test this, run (given that you have created the database locally)

php artisan migrate

database/migrate comes with two migrations by default which you can gracefully remove. The above command will do the migration for you as a simple test to database connectivity. For other database drivers it just work similary.

Pushing to Openshift

One thing that Laravel cannot use without is an action hook that loads Laravel dependencies on the remote end. See .openshift/action_hooks/build.



if [ ! -f "$OPENSHIFT_DATA_DIR/composer.phar" ]; then
        echo 'Installing Composer'
        curl -s | php -- --quiet --install-dir=$OPENSHIFT_DATA_DIR
        echo 'Updating Composer'
        php $OPENSHIFT_DATA_DIR/composer.phar -q --no-ansi self-update

if [ -d "$OPENSHIFT_REPO_DIR/vendor" ]; then
        echo 'Dependencies already installed, Moving on...'
        echo 'Hang in there, we are getting ready to Install/Update dependencies'
        echo 'Installing/Updating dependencies'; 
        unset GIT_DIR ; 
        cd $OPENSHIFT_REPO_DIR ; 
        php $OPENSHIFT_DATA_DIR/composer.phar -q --no-ansi install ;

If this file does not exist in .openshift/action_hooks/, feel free to copy above bash script and create build file yourself. After doing so, remember to grant it the execution right by

chmod +x build

You are taking one last step to push the application to Openshift, that is to add the remote to the version control.

git init
git add --all
git commit -m 'Initial commit'
git remote add origin {link to the repo given by Openshift}
git push -uf origin master

Lastly, go checking out the site you have just pushed and see Laravel 5 running.

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Tommy Ku, a Hong Kong-based Software Engineer experienced developing PHP and Java-based web solutions and passionate in Web technology.

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