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Frameworks a lot - he's one!

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Why stacker?

Stacker - This is a local environment for web development with everything you need. What is its benefit?

  1. You do not need to manually configure the web server and add to the hosts, just cloned it and immediately launched it in the browser. It looks so demo
  2. Inside, there is already everything that is needed in 90% of all cases. And if not, we will add it for you : )
  3. For you, there is a super zsh console with autocomplete and everything you need. Video with presentation
  4. There is an autocompletion for Symfony and Laravel commands out of the box. For example, la5 and a double tab, will output a list of commands for which you can "walk" with arrows to select them
  5. It is faster analogs, the same homestead is just a turtle compared to it
  6. There is a video course
  7. Friendly author, in case there are questions or suggestions
  8. Based on Docker. Wherever you can install Docker, you can install Stacker
  9. It is very simple to expand. The process of adding your own images with a couple of lines in docker-compose.yml
  10. Just try it!

General goals

  • Frameworks a lot - he's one!
  • Everything is easy, nothing to migrate
  • Quickly start of developing locally
  • No overhead on settings! Сopied project and run
  • Zoo under a Docker, let the host mashine remains clean!

Video demos (RU)



Get a stacker:

$ composer create-project maxlab/stacker 
# OR
$ git clone

Run in Stacker directory

# make ./workspace folder and make a symbolic link to your folder with all your projects 
$ mkdir workspace && ln -s /your_path/to_all_your_own_projects ./workspace
# copy .env.dist to .env and change it
$ cp .env.dist .env
$ docker-compose build && docker-compose up -d && docker-compose ps
$ mv ./test ./workspace

Set local DNS server

- Linux
- Mac
  System Settings
- Windows
  Network Adapter Setting

set your local dns server to , to prevent dnsmasq from running, you need to set up the second DNS server. Such as or something else.


Copy your ssh keys in the folder workspace

$ cp -R ~/.ssh ~/www/docker/stacker/workspace 

Move your projects

  • Add your project in workspace folder ./workspace/<customer>/<projectname> (no need to restart, this will work out of the box)
  • Open in your browser (if you do not have dnsmasq, you have to add your hosts file manually)

On the ship

  • mailcatcher -> schickling/mailcatcher:latest (all outgoing mail is sent to
  • nginx -> nginx:1.10.1
  • elasticsearch -> elasticsearch:5
  • mysql -> mysql:5.7
  • pgsql -> postgres:9.6
  • php7xdebug -> php:7.1 + xdebug
  • dnsmasq -> dnsmasq:latest
  • php5apache -> php:5apache for legacy
  • php7console -> stacker console
  • redis -> redis:3.0


  • ZSH + oh-my-zsh
  • For frontend: nodejs, gem, npm, webpack, bower, gulp, uglify-js, uglifycss
  • For backend: composer, php, phpunit, symfony, symfony-autocomplete, Yii2 autocomplete
  • For automation deploy: dep (Deployer)


Which settings in the configs for my projects?

  • Database
    • You can access the database in your app config use db for mysql and pgsql for postgresql (files will be saved in the mysql directory so it will be saved after destroying or recreating the containers)
      # Example for mysql
        database_host: mysql
        database_port: 3306
        database_name: sf
        database_user: root
        database_password: root
      # Example for pgsql
        database_host: pgsql
        database_port: 5433
        database_name: sf
        database_user: postgres
        database_password: postgres
      # Example for redis
        database_host: redis
        database_port: 6379

What external ports are listening images?

  • It's easy. For convenience, the external ports of the databases are offset by plus one. For example, MySQL listens to port 3306 + 1 = 3307 and so on...
  • Check the file docker-compose.yml for more

Xdebug + PhpStorm configuration

  1. Go to Settings -> Languages & Frameworks -> PHP
  2. Click the ... behind your interperter

I have a lot of the Symfony project, is it possible to make a symbolic link to them?

  • Yes! It's much faster and easier, plus no need to move folders from the usual places.
  • In the directory with your projects, create a folder and copy all the projects from the Symfony code. Now, make a link to your directory project in the directory with the Stacker, remove a directory ./workspace and rename your link to workspace - that's all! Now all your Symfony projects is available from the browser.

How to contact the any instances Staker in console?

You can do so:

$ /your_path/to_stacker_folder/bin/stacker console

But, it will be much better:

# for bash
$ echo 'export PATH=/your_path/to_stacker_folder/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bashrc && source ~/.bashrc 
# for ~/.zshrc
$ echo 'export PATH=/your_path/to_stacker_folder/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.zshrc && source ~/.zshrc
# then restart console and run
$ stacker console

Symfony completion

$ stacker console
$ cd to_symfony_folder
$ sf [tab*2] # for sf3 completion OR sf2 for sf2 completion

Laravel5 completion

$ stacker console
$ cd to_symfony_folder
$ la5 [tab*2]


$ stacker usage # for list available commands
$ stacker console # for enter to console
$ stacker logs <cont_name> -f # for logs stream container
$ stacker build && stacker down && stacker up && stacker ps # for full rebuild

Support project

You can support the project in several ways:

  1. Becoming a sponsor - If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit the Stacker Patreon page
  2. Posting review - You can support the project by posting reviews in their social networks. Send a link to the review and we'll post it here!
  3. Buy a beer - Gratipay User Bountysource Donate