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Laravel 4.2 on OpenShift

Laravel is a free, open source PHP web application framework, designed for the development of model–view–controller (MVC) web applications.

This QuickStart was created to make it easy to get started with Laravel 4.2 on OpenShift.

The simplest way to install this application is to use the OpenShift QuickStart. If you'd like to install it manually, follow these directions.

OpenShift Considerations

These are some special considerations you may need to keep in mind when running your application on OpenShift.

Local vs. Remote Development

The bootsrap/start.php has been updated to auto-detect a remote deployment on OpenShift and set the environment accordingly. See the following code:

$env = $app->detectEnvironment(function () {
    return isset($_ENV['OPENSHIFT_PHP_DIR']) ? 'production' : 'local';

This Laravel QuickStart provides configuration files for both local and remote development. The values in the main app/config directory will be used by default in production on OpenShift. You can override these values in the app/config/local directory with settings for local development. See environment configuration for more information.

Remote Development

Your application is configured to automatically use your OpenShift MySQL or PostgreSQL database in when deployed on OpenShift using OpenShift Environment Variables.

Additionally, your application URL and encryption key will be set automatically in production on OpenShift.

The Laravel cache driver is set to use APC caching and the session driver is set to use the local file system for storage. Feel free to update these settings in app/config/cache.php and app/config/session.php.

Laravel Migrations

When the application is pushed to OpenShift, php artisan migrate --force is automatically executed.


When the application is pushed, composer install is automatically executed over the root directory. See PHP Markers for more details on the 'use_composer' marker.

'Development' Mode

When you develop your Laravel application in OpenShift, you can also enable the 'development' environment by setting the APPLICATION_ENV environment variable, using the rhc client, like:

$ rhc env set APPLICATION_ENV=development

Then, restart your application:

$ rhc app restart -a <app-name>

If you do so, OpenShift will run your application under 'development' mode. In development mode, your application will:

  • Enable Laravel's application debug mode
  • Ignore your composer.lock file
  • Show more detailed errors in browser
  • Display startup errors
  • Enable the Xdebug PECL extension
  • Enable APC stat check

Set the variable to 'production' and restart your app to deactivate development mode and resume production PHP settings.

Using the development environment can help you debug problems in your application in the same way as you do when developing on your local machine. However, we strongly advise you not to run your application in this mode in production.

Log Files

Your application is configured to use the OpenShift log directory. You can use the rhc tail command to stream the latest log file entries:

rhc tail -a <APP_NAME>

To stop tailing the logs, press Ctrl + c.

Manual Installation

  1. Create an account at

  2. Create a Laravel application:

    rhc app create laravelapp php-5.4 mysql-5.5 --from-code=


    rhc app create laravelapp php-5.4 --from-code=

Additional Resources

Documentation for the Laravel framework can be found on the Laravel website. Check out OpenShift's Developer Portal for help running PHP on OpenShift.


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