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Install eZ Commerce


Installation for production is only supported on Linux.

To install eZ Commerce for development on macOS or Windows, see the instruction to Install eZ Platform on macOS or Windows.

Prepare work environment

To install eZ Commerce you need a stack with your operating system, MySQL and PHP.

You can install it by following your favorite tutorial, for example: Install LAMP stack on Ubuntu.

Additionally, you need Node.js and Yarn for asset management.

For production you also need Apache or nginx as the HTTP server (Apache is used as an example below).

You also need git for version control.

To use search in the front end, you need to have Solr installed.

Before getting started, make sure you review the requirements page to see the systems we support and use for testing.

Get Composer

Install a recent stable version of Composer, the PHP command line dependency manager. Use the package manager for your Linux distribution. For example, on Ubuntu:

apt-get install composer

To verify that you have the most recent stable version of Composer, you can run:

composer -V

Install Composer locally

If you want to install Composer inside your project root directory only, run the following command in the terminal:

php -r "readfile('');" | php

If you do so, you must replace composer with php -d memory_limit=-1 composer.phar in all commands below.

Set up authentication tokens

See Set up authentication tokens to learn about authenticating yourself for commercial packages.

Create project

In order to install a new project using composer create-project to get the latest version of eZ Commerce, you must first inform the Composer, which token to use before the project folder is created. This can be done in the following way:

COMPOSER_AUTH='{"http-basic":{"":{"username":"<installation-key>","password":"<token-password>"}}}' composer create-project --keep-vcs --repository= ezsystems/ezcommerce my-new-com-project

Usage of authentication token with composer create-project

If you have several projects set up on your machine, they should all use different tokens set in auth.json file in project directory.

Moving from trial

If you started with a trial installation, you must adjust the channel(s) you use in order to get software under BUL license instead of a TTL license.

Edit composer.json

Edit composer.json in your project root and change the URL defined in the repositories section to Once that is done, you can execute composer update to get packages with the correct license.

Change installation parameters

At this point you can configure your database via the DATABASE_URL in the .env file: DATABASE_URL=mysql://user:password@host:port/name.

Choose a secret and provide it in the APP_SECRET parameter in .env. It should be a random string, made up of up to 32 characters, numbers, and symbols. This is used by Symfony when generating CSRF tokens, encrypting cookies, and for creating signed URIs when using ESI (Edge Side Includes).

Instead of setting DATABASE_URL, you can change individual installation parameters in .env.


Do not store the database credentials in your .env.local file, nor commit them to the Version Control System.

The configuration requires providing the following parameters:

  • DATABASE_PLATFORM — prefix for distinguishing the database you are connecting to (e.g. mysql or pgsql)
  • DATABASE_DRIVER — driver used by Doctrine to connect to the database (e.g. pdo_mysql or pdo_pgsql)
  • DATABASE_VERSION - database server version (for a MariaDB database, prefix the value with mariadb-)

JMS payment secret

To provide the JMS_PAYMENT_SECRET secret for the payment system, run ./vendor/defuse/php-encryption/bin/generate-defuse-key and use the generated secret.

Install and configure Solr

eZ Commerce requires Solr as search engine. To install it, run the included script:

bash ./

Configure the following parameters in the .env file:


Also in the .env file, set Solr as the search engine:


Create database


You can omit this step. If you do not create a database now, it will be created automatically in the next step.

To manually create a database, ensure that you changed the installation parameters, then run the following Symfony command:

php ./bin/console doctrine:database:create

Install eZ Platform

Install eZ Platform with:

composer ezplatform-install

This command will also create a database, if you had not created it earlier. Before executing it make sure that the database user has sufficient permissions.

If Composer asks for your token, you must log in to your GitHub account and generate a new token (edit your profile, go to Developer settings > Personal access tokens and Generate new token with default settings). This operation is performed only once, when you install eZ Commerce for the first time.

Enabling Link manager

To make use of the Link Manager, you must set up cron.

Prepare installation for production

To use eZ Commerce with an HTTP server, you need to set up directory permissions and prepare a virtual host.

Set up permissions

For development needs, the web user can be made the owner of all your files (for example with the www-data web user):

chown -R www-data:www-data <your installation directory>

Directories var and public/var need to be writable by CLI and the web server user. Future files and directories created by these two users will need to inherit those permissions.


For security reasons, in production, the web server should not have write access to other directories than var. Skip the step above and follow the link below for production needs instead.

You must also make sure that the web server cannot interpret files in the var directory through PHP. To do so, follow the instructions on setting up a virtual host below.

To set up permissions for production, it is recommended to use an ACL (Access Control List). See Setting up or Fixing File Permissions in Symfony documentation for information on how to do it on different systems.

Set up virtual host

Option A: Scripted configuration

Use the included shell script: /<your installation directory>/bin/ to generate a ready to use .conf file. Check out the source of to see the options provided.

Option B: Manual configuration

Copy /<your installation directory>/doc/apache2/vhost.template to /etc/apache2/sites-available as a .conf file.

Modify the file to fit your project.

Specify /<your installation directory>/public as the DocumentRoot and Directory. Uncomment the line that starts with #if [SYMFONY_ENV] and set the value to prod or dev, depending on the environment that you are configuring:

SetEnvIf Request_URI ".*" SYMFONY_ENV=prod

Enable virtual host

When the virtual host file is ready, enable the virtual host and disable the default:

a2ensite ezplatform
a2dissite 000-default.conf

Finally, restart the Apache server. The command may vary depending on your Linux distribution. For example, on Ubuntu use:

service apache2 restart

Open your project in the browser and you should see the welcome page.

eZ Launchpad for quick deployment

To get your eZ Commerce installation up and running quickly, use the Docker-based eZ Launchpad, which takes care of the whole setup for you. eZ Launchpad is supported by the eZ Community.

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