Web Server Configuration
Drupal has a few system requirements.
You will need to make sure your server meets the following requirements:
- PHP >= 7.1
- XML extension
- GD library
- PHP OpenSSL
- JSON (usually compiled by default anyway)
Drupal utilizes Composer to manage its dependencies. So, before using Drupal, make sure you have Composer installed on your machine.
Via Composer Create-Project
First, cd into your web root on your localhost e.g:
Now download the Drupal installer using Composer:
composer create-project drupal-composer/drupal-project:8.x-dev ./ --stability dev --no-interaction
Composer will put your website files into a directory called
Get Drupal Console
Install Global Drupal Console Launcher
curl https://drupalconsole.com/installer -L -o drupal.phar mv drupal.phar /usr/local/bin/drupal chmod +x /usr/local/bin/drupal
Add Drupal Console to project
composer require drupal/console:~1.0 \ --prefer-dist \ --optimize-autoloader
Local Development Server
If you have PHP installed locally and you would like to use PHP's Built-in web server to serve your application, you may use the
php -S command. Change directory into the
web folder, then this command will start a development server at
php -S localhost:8000
Will bring up the install steps. You'll need to create a database (e.g. using
mysql or phpMyAdmin).
... It's pretty self explanatory.
After installing Drupal, you should configure your web server's document / web root to be the
web directory. The
index.php in this directory serves as the front controller for all HTTP requests entering your application.
All of the configuration files for Drupal are stored in the
/web/sites/default/ directory. Each option is documented, so feel free to look through the files and get familiar with the options available to you.
After installing Drupal, you may need to configure some permissions. Directories within the storage
/web/sites/default/files directories should be writable by your web server.
The next thing you should do after installing Drupal is set your application key to a random string. If you installed Drupal via the Drupal installer, this key has already been set for you by the installer.
For enhanced security, you may set this variable to the contents of a file outside your document root; you should also ensure that this file is not stored with backups of your database.
Drupal needs almost no other configuration out of the box. You are free to get started developing! However, you may wish to review the
/web/sites/default/settings.php file and its documentation. It contains several options that you may wish to change according to your application.
You may also want to configure a few additional components of Drupal, such as:
Web Server Configuration
Drupal includes a
public/.htaccess file that is used to provide URLs without the
index.php front controller in the path. Before serving Drupal with Apache, be sure to enable the mod_rewrite module so the .htaccess file will be honoured by the server.
In Drupal 8, 'Clean URLs' are enabled by default and can't be disabled.
If you are using Nginx, the
ngx_http_rewrite_module module is required as Drupal 8 uses it for clean URLs.
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