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Generic Image for Laravel Application
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Laravel Base Image

This image is a base imagem for Laravel application served by Apache with mod_php running php 7.

This image is a lightweight laravel app ready production image.


  • Apache 2 with PHP mod
  • PHP 7
  • Node 6.6.2 (Used only to run frontend tasks. Removed from the final image)

See How to use this image section for more details.


Supported tags and respective Dockerfile links

How to use this image

Create a Dockerfile in your Laravel project:

FROM brunogasparin/laravel-apache:5-onbuild

Put this file in the root of your app, next to the composer.json.

This image includes the minimum packages for a Laravel project to work. It do not include database
libraries or memcache libraries, for example. It's up to you to install these libraries. For
example, if you are going to use PostgreSQL as database, you will need to install the libraries
and binaries to communicate to PostgreSQL as well as the postgres php extension.
You can do it in your Dockerfile:

FROM brunogasparin/laravel-apache:5-onbuild

# Install postgres libraries and headers for C language
RUN apt-get update && apt-get install -y \
        libpq-dev \
        && apt-get clean \
        && rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*

# Install postgres php extension
RUN docker-php-ext-install \
        pdo_pgsql \

This image includes multiple ONBUILD triggers which should cover most Laravel applications.
The build will:

  • ONBUILD COPY composer.json composer.lock artisan /var/www/html/
  • ONBUILD COPY database /var/www/html/database/
  • ONBUILD RUN composer install --prefer-dist --optimize-autoloader --no-scripts --no-dev --profile --ignore-platform-reqs -vvv
  • ONBUILD COPY package.json /var/www/html/
  • ONBUILD RUN npm install
  • ONBUILD COPY . /var/www/html
  • ONBUILD RUN composer run-script post-install-cmd
  • ONBUILD RUN php artisan clear-compiled
  • ONBUILD RUN php artisan optimize
  • ONBUILD RUN php artisan config:cache
  • ONBUILD RUN chgrp -R www-data storage /var/www/html/bootstrap/cache
  • ONBUILD RUN chmod -R ug+rwx storage /var/www/html/bootstrap/cache
  • ONBUILD RUN chgrp -R www-data storage /var/www/html/storage
  • ONBUILD RUN chmod -R ug+rwx storage /var/www/html/storage
  • ONBUILD VOLUME /var/www/html/storage
  • ONBUILD RUN gulp --production
  • ONBUILD RUN rm -R /var/www/html/node_modules
  • ONBUILD RUN rm -Rf tests/
  • ONBUILD RUN rm /usr/local/bin/node \
    && rm /usr/local/bin/npm \
    && rm /usr/local/bin/gulp
  • ONBUILD RUN apt-get remove -y \
    xz-utils \
    && apt-get clean \
    && rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*l

Note that the images ignores the composer scripts when running composer install command, but run the post-install-cmd scripts.

This image also supposes you install your node dependecies into a folder named node_modules inside your application root directory (the default node behavior).

Also, if your application has custom a composer script, you should added into you Dockerfile:

FROM brunogasparin/laravel-apache:5-onbuild
# ...
RUN composer run-script my-custom-script`

The build also sets the default command to apache2-foreground to start apache2 service.

You can now build and run the Docker image:

$ docker build -t my-laravel-app .
$ docker run --name some-laravel-app -d my-laravel-app

You can test it by visiting http://container-ip in a browser or, if you need access outside
the daemon's host, on port 8080:

$ docker run --name some-laravel-app -p 8080:80 -d my-laravel-app

You can then go to http://localhost:8080 or http://host-ip:8080 in a browser.

Ready for Production

When you build an image using this base image, the result can image can be used for
your production container:

$ docker build -t my-production-laravel-app-image .
$ docker run --name my-producton-container -p 8080:80 -d my-production-laravel-app-image

This cointainer will have all the an laravel application compiled for a production environment.

This is done because during the image build process, :

  • All php composer dependencies (gulpfile.json) were installed
  • All frontend tasks (gulpfile.js) was executed for production environment

So the resulting image will be prepared to be runned into production.

| Note: Frontend issues are managed using 6.2.2 node version.

But how can I use this image for Development

For development, you`ll probably want to mount your source code into the container:

$ docker run --name my-producton-container -p 8080:80 -d my-production-laravel-app-image

Using this configuration, you may need to run composer and gulpfile tasks manually.

How to install more PHP extensions

This images extends the php:7-apache Oficial Image, so it provides two convenient scripts
named docker-php-ext-configure and docker-php-ext-install,
you can use them to easily install PHP extension. See PHP Oficial Image Repository for
more details.


Apache is configured to provide Authorization header to the request.

Apache is also configured to disable .htaccess support on the application directory
to increase its performance.


PHP is configured to run optimized (for this image to be used in production). You can change php
configuration adding a custom php.ini configuration. COPY it into /usr/local/etc/php by
adding one more line to your Dockerfile:

FROM brunogasparin/laravel-apache:5-onbuild
COPY config/php.ini /usr/local/etc/php

Configuring Laravel

Laravel is configured using environment variable. So to configure your Laravel application, you can use

$ docker run --name some-laravel-app -e "APP_DEBUG=false" -e "DB_CONNECTION=pgsql" -p 8080:80 -d my-laravel-app


When using this image for development, its a good practice to mount the application source directory
from your host into the docker container. When you do that, you may probably overwrite the
vendors packages.

If it's yours first time, you will probably need to install the application vendors again:

$ docker exec -u Laravel my-laravel-app composer install --prefer-dist

How to configure PHP for development

This image comes with php-fpm configured to be used in production environment, containing settings which hold
security, performance and best practices. To customize the php behavior for development environment, COPY
a custom php.ini configuration into /usr/local/etc/php (you can use the $PHP_INI_DIR environment variable)
by adding one more line to the Dockerfile above and running the same commands to build and run:

FROM brunogasparin/laravel-apache:5-onbuild
COPY config/php.ini $PHP_INI_DIR

Where config/ contains your php.ini file.

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