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This is an example of a Laravel project.

Run on a Raspberry Pi

Used hardware/software

  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • Micro-SD card (32 GB)
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Ethernet cable

Steps to execute

Preparing SD-card

  1. Start by downloading the latest version of Raspbian
  2. When the download is complete, extract the ZIP-file
  3. Next, run Win32DiskImager as administrator
  4. Click on the browse-button next to the textbox and select the extracted *.img-file
  5. Select, if necessary, the proper disk in the Device-dropdown
  6. Start writing the Raspbian image to the SD-card by clicking the Write-button
  7. When the operation is complete, open the SD-card in the Windows Explorer
  8. Create a file with the name ssh directly on the SD-card. The content doesn't matter


  1. Put your SD-card in the Raspberry Pi
  2. Connect your Raspberry Pi to your internet router at home, using the ethernet-cable
  3. Finally power-up your Raspberry Pi

Find IP-address

  1. There isn't a noob-proof way to find your pi's IP-address. If you don't know about networking, I'd suggest downloading an IP-scanner
  2. Start a scan and search for a device with a MAC-address which starts with B8:27:EB

Installation MobaXterm

MobaXterm is a free application that allows you to connect to a server through FTP, SSH, SFTP, ...
Download MobaXterm

Basic setup of the Raspberry Pi

  1. Start MobaXterm and click on the Session-button
  2. In the dialog choose for SSH, and enter the IP-address of your Raspberry Pi in the Remote host box and pi in the username box
  3. The SSH-prompt requests a password. The default password for the pi-user is raspberry
  4. Moba proposes to remember the password. Postpone this until you've set a new password
  5. Start by changing the password:
    sudo passwd pi
  6. Enter a new password and confirm it
  7. Set the timezone-data for the device:
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
  8. Update the package-repository. Next, update the installed packages:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade
  9. Update Raspbian. Next, choose to restart the Raspberry Pi:
    sudo rpi-update
  10. Install the Apache-webserver. This software allows us to host websites:
    sudo apt-get -y install apache2
  11. Install PHP7 and the module to Apache2. This software allows us to use server-side scripting when handling webrequests:
    sudo apt-get -y install php7.0 libapache2-mod-php7.0
  12. Install MySQL-server and the module to PHP7. This software allows us to host databases and access the databases from PHP.
    sudo apt-get -y install mysql-server mysql-client php7.0-mysql
  13. Install PHPMyAdmin. This software allows us to manage the databases on the SQL-server through a webinterface.
    sudo apt-get -y install phpmyadmin
  14. At last, we'll need Composer. This is a dependency-manager that allows us to pull Laravel and automatically install the required packages. Note: Composer is only available in the apt-get repository starting from Raspbian Stretch. If you use older versions of Raspbian, you'll have to use
    sudo apt-get -y install composer
  15. Now we're going to configure everything

Create an SQL-user

  1. Log in as root sql-user:
    sudo mysql -u root
  2. Create a new user (I called him pi as well). Replace password with a password of your choice:
    CREATE USER 'pi'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
  3. Allow your new SQL-user to do anything:
    GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'pi'@'localhost';
  4. Reload the priviliges:
  5. Exit the SQL command prompt:
  6. Restart the SQL-server:
    sudo service mysql restart
  7. To hide the unimportant databases in PHPMyAdmin, modify this file:
    sudo nano /etc/phpmyadmin/
  8. Add following line in the appropriate position (you'll see where). Save and exit (ctrl+O → Enter → ctrl+X):
    $cfg['Servers'][$i]['hide_db'] = 'information_schema|performance_schema|mysql|phpmyadmin';

Configure FTP:

  1. Become the owner of the webfolder:
    sudo chown -R pi /var/www
  2. Install vSFTPd:
    sudo apt-get -y install vsftpd
  3. Modify the configuration file:
    sudo nano /etc/vsftpd.conf
  4. Change write_enable=NO to:
  5. Add this line at the end of the file:
  6. Save and exit (ctrl+O → Enter → ctrl+X)
  7. Restart vSFTPd:
    sudo service vsftpd restart
  8. Create a softlink to the webfolder in your home-directory:
    ln -s /var/www ~/www


  1. Install the node-package-manager:
    sudo apt-get -y install npm
  2. Sadly this probably installed node-legacy. Uninstall nodejs and add the correct debian package to the apt-get repository. Finally install this version:
    sudo apt-get -y remove nodejs
    curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
    sudo apt-get -y install nodejs
  3. Finally, install dh-autoreconf
    sudo apt-get -y install dh-autoreconf

Clone the LyricDB repository

  1. Go to the webfolder:
    cd /var/www
  2. Remove the testsite:
    sudo rm -R html
  3. Clone the source code for LyricDB:
    git clone
  4. Go to the folder:
    cd LyricDB
  5. Install the required packages:
    composer install
  6. Copy the example .env-file. This file contains any configuration about the environment (passwords, ...):
    cp .env.example .env
  7. Edit the file:
    sudo nano .env
  8. Set APP_NAME, APP_URL (http://lyricdb), DB_DATABASE (LyricDB), DB_USERNAME (pi), DB_PASSWORD (your sql-password) to the proper values
  9. Save and exit nano (ctrl+O → Enter → ctrl+X)
  10. Generate an application key:
    php artisan key:generate
  11. Create the database. Log in into the SQL command prompt:
    sudo mysql -u root
  12. Install the database. This may take some time:
    php artisan migrate
  13. In the latest version of Raspbian, the rewrite module is probably disabled. To enable mod-rewrite, run:
    sudo a2enmod rewrite
  14. Also in the latest version of Apache, there's a big chance Apache doesn't allow rewriting for the webfolder. Check the following file:
    sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
  15. Ensure AllowOverride is set to All:
    <Directory /var/www/>
    	Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
    	AllowOverride All
    	Require all granted
  16. Restart Apache:
    sudo systemctl restart apache2
  17. Create a new site by first copying the default VirtualHost-file:
    cd /etc/apache2/sites-available/
    sudo cp 000-default.conf lyricdb.conf
  18. Modify the file. Change following settings:
    ServerName lyricdb
    DocumentRoot /var/www/LyricDB/public
  19. Enable the site:
    sudo a2ensite lyricdb.conf
  20. Restart Apache:
    sudo systemctl reload apache2
  21. Change the owner of the storage folder:
    cd /var/www/LyricDB
    sudo chown -R www-data:www-data storage
  22. Restart Apache:
    sudo systemctl restart apache2

Set hostname

At last, we can set a hostname for our Rapsberry Pi.
  1. Change the hostname-file:
    sudo nano /etc/hostname
  2. Put lyricdb in the file. Save and exit nano (ctrl+O → Enter → ctrl+X)
  3. Change the hosts-file:
    sudo nano /etc/hosts
  4. Modify the entry for Replace localhost with lyricdb. Save and exit nano (ctrl+O → Enter → ctrl+X)
  5. Install Samba and Winbind. This will ensure that the hostname is being broadcasted in the network:
    sudo apt-get -y install samba winbind
  6. Restart the Raspberry Pi:
    sudo reboot
  7. Now you can visit http://lyricdb and you should see the Laravel website

Managing Node-modules

  1. This repository already contains a file /public/js/app.js. This is a compilation of jquery, bootstrap, angular, angular-route, and some more libraries
  2. If you'd wish to recompile this file, you should first acquire all the needed node-packages. Therefore you need to run:
    npm install
  3. If you'd wish to add more packages, you can just run
    npm install [package]

    to install them. You should then require the package in either the /resources/assets/js/bootstrap.js or /resources/assets/sass/app.scss file

  4. When you added new node-modules, registered them in the above mentioned file, and want to recompile these assets, run following command:
    npm run dev

    This will put the result of the compiled app.js and app.scss in the public folder. No further actions have to be taken.

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