Setting up a PHP environment can be a tedious process, but Nanobox's PHP engine makes it really easy. The PHP engine automatically builds and prepares your environment, during which it will generate configuration files based on settings defined in your defined in your
boxfile.yml. When using
nginx as your webserver, it will auto-generate an
nginx.conf which is used by the engine's
php-server helper script (a really simple way to start your app). It's possible to add custom Nginx options such as rewrites, redirects, file-type restrictions, etc., but it requires a little setup.
Specify Nginx Settings in Your boxfile.yml
The PHP engine exposes three Nginx settings in the
boxfile.yml that detemine the contents of the auto-generated
nginx_default_gateway. Update these settings to match the needs of your app. If these defaults work for you, you don't need to include them in your
run.config: engine: php engine.config: document_root: / nginx_index_list: - index.php - index.html nginx_default_gateway: index.php
Copy & Customize the Generated nginx.conf
Nanobox generates the
nginx.conf as part of your app's build process. To trigger a build, generate the
nginx.conf, and drop into a Nanobox console, run the following from the root of your project:
From inside the Nanobox console, copy the generated
nginx.conf to a custom location inside your project. For this tutorial, just copy it to the root of your project.
cp /data/etc/nginx/nginx.conf nginx.conf
Add any custom configuration options to the duplicate
nginx.conf in your project root.
Using the Custom nginx.conf
The PHP engine provides a handy helper script for starting your app -
php-server. Without it, you'd have to start Nginx and PHP-FPM individually, which when working locally, can get messy.
php-server starts everything for you with a single command, but it assumes the
nginx.conf is located at
To use your custom
nginx.conf and still enjoy the convenience of the
php-server script, replace the auto-generated
nginx.conf with your custom
nginx.conf in your app's build process. This can be done using
extra_steps in your
run.config. You should also set your custom
nginx.conf as a
build_trigger so if you make changes, Nanobox will detect them and re-run the build process to copy those changes into place.
run.config: engine: php extra_steps: - cp nginx.conf /data/etc/nginx/nginx.conf build_triggers: - nginx.conf
Rebuild & Start the App
With everything in place, your
boxfile.yml should look something like this:
run.config: engine: php engine.config: document_root: / nginx_index_list: - index.php - index.html nginx_default_gateway: index.php extra_steps: - cp nginx.conf /data/etc/nginx/nginx.conf build_triggers: - nginx.conf
To rebuild the code, copy your custom
nginx.conf into place, and start your app, run the following from the root of your project:
nanobox run php-server
That's it! You can now access your app running with your custom
nginx.conf from your browser.
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