Setup Shopware on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 LTS with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.1-FPM

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We recently showed you how to install Shopware with Apache2 support. You can read that post here.. If you want to setup Shopware with Nginx support instead, the steps below is a great place to start.

Shopware is a refreshing and powerful eCommerce platform built on PHP with Symfony and Zend components. It has everything you need to build an eCommerce website to sell your products online.  This platform is built on the LAMP or LEMP stack. and comes with features sets that enable a robust online store with impressive user experience.

Whether you’re creating an eCommerce website for personal use or building a robust business online portal, Shopware can help you create and manage your content and products efficiently on every device with its minimalist and modern user and admin interface.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Shopware eCommerce platform on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 LTS.

If you currently using eCommerce platforms like Magento or PrestaShop and not happy, you may want to give Shopware CMS a try. It’s a great alternative to those PHP based content mangement systems.

For more on Shopware CMS , please vist its home page

Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server on Ubuntu

Nginx HTTP Server is the second most popular web server in use. so install it, since Shopware CMS needs it.

To install Nginx HTTP on Ubuntu server, run the commands below.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

After installing Nginx, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Nginx service to always start up with the server boots.

sudo systemctl stop nginx.service
sudo systemctl start nginx.service
sudo systemctl enable nginx.service

To test Nginx setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Nginx default test page as shown below. When you see that, then Nginx is working as expected.

nginx default home page test

Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server

MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database servers to use with Magento. To install MariaDB run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

After installing MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots.

Run these on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mysql.service
sudo systemctl start mysql.service
sudo systemctl enable mysql.service

Run these on Ubuntu 17.10 and 18.04 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service
sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service

After that, run the commands below to secure MariaDB server by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: Enter password
  • Re-enter new password: Repeat password
  • Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
  • Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
  • Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]:  Y
  • Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]:  Y

Restart MariaDB server

To test if MariaDB is installed, type the commands below to logon to MariaDB server

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then type the password you created above to sign on. if successful, you should see MariaDB welcome message

mariadb welcome

Step 3: Install PHP 7.1-FPM and Related Modules

PHP 7.1-FPM may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories. in order to install it, you will have to get it from third-party repositories.

Run the commands below to add the below third party repository to upgrade to PHP 7.1-FPM

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.1-FPM

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.1-fpm php7.1-common php7.1-sqlite3 php7.1-curl php7.1-intl php7.1-mbstring php7.1-xmlrpc php7.1-mysql php7.1-gd php7.1-xml php7.1-cli php7.1-zip

After installing PHP 7.1, run the commands below to open PHP default config file for Nginx.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.1/fpm/php.ini

Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below are great settings to apply in your environments.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
short_open_tag = On
memory_limit = 256M
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

After making the change above, save the file and close out.

Step 3: Restart Nginx

After installing PHP and related modules, all you have to do is restart Nginx to reload PHP configurations.

To restart Nginx, run the commands below

sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

Step 4: Create Shopware Database

Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for Shopware to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create a blank Magento database.

To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called shopware


Create a database user called shopwareuser with new password

CREATE USER 'shopwareuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON shopware.* TO 'shopwareuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Step 5: Download and Install Shopware CMS

Run the commands below to download Shopware CMS latest content. then unzip the download file and move the content to Nginx default root directory.

cd /tmp && wget
sudo mv shopware-5.4.6 /var/www/html/shopware

Next, run the commands below install Composer and run it to install the required dependencies for Shopware 5

cd /var/www/html/shopware
sudo apt install curl
curl -sS | sudo php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer
sudo composer install

Next, run the commands below to change the root folder permissions.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/shopware/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/shopware/

Step 6: Configure Nginx Shopware Site

Finally, configure Nginx configuration file for Shopware . This file will control how users access Shopware content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called shopware

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/shopware

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save it. Replace the highlighted line with your own domain name and directory root location.

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;
    root /var/www/html/shopware;
    index  shopware.php index.php index.html index.htm;

    client_max_body_size 100M;

    location / {
          try_files $uri $uri/ /shopware.php$is_args$args;

    location /recovery/install {
        index index.php;
        try_files $uri /recovery/install/index.php$is_args$args;

    location /recovery/update/ {
    location /recovery/update/assets {
         if (!-e $request_filename){
        rewrite . /recovery/update/index.php last;

    location ~ \.php$ {
    include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
    fastcgi_pass           unix:/var/run/php/php7.1-fpm.sock;
    fastcgi_param   SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;


Save the file and exit.

After configuring the VirtualHost above, enable it by running the commands below

Step 7: Enable the Shopware CMS Site

After configuring the VirtualHost above, enable it by running the commands below, then restart Nginx server.

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/shopware /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

Next, open your brwoser and go to the URL. and continue with the installation.

You should see Shopware installation page. select the installation language and continue..

Next, type the database connection info you created above and click Continue.

Next, create an admin account to manage the portal and continue.

After that, Shopware should be installed and ready to use. To logon to the backend, type the URL below:


Don’t forget to delete the installation folder.

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  1. did the installation a few times but still get:
    Please execute “composer install” from the command line to install the required dependencies for Shopware 5

  2. Bogusław Kotarski

    For “Please execute “composer install” from the command line to install the required dependencies for Shopware 5” plase use followed commands:

    cd /var/www/html/shopware/recovery/common
    sudo apt install curl
    curl -sS | sudo php — –install-dir=/usr/local/bin –filename=composer
    sudo composer install


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