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Deploy a Laravel application
Laravel applications almost work out of the box on Clever Cloud, you just have a few adjustments to make.
Create an application on Clever Cloud
via the web console
- Create a new app by clicking on the Add an Application button, in the sidebar.
- Select a brand new instance (or a repository from GitHub if your account is linked).
- Then select PHP in the platform list.
- Configure your scaling options.
- Enter your application’s name and description and click “Next”. You can also select the region you want (North America or Europe).
Refer to https://www.clever-cloud.com/doc/getting-started/ for more details on application creation via the console.
via the Clever Tools CLI
- Make sure you have clever-tools installed locally. Report to https://www.clever-cloud.com/doc/reference/clever-tools/getting_started/
- In your code folder, do
clever create --type <type> <app-name> --region <zone> --org <org>where
typeis the type of technology you rely on,
app-namethe name you want for your application,
zonedeloyment zone (
parfor Paris and
mtlfor Montreal), and
orgthe organization ID the application will be created under.
Refer to https://www.clever-cloud.com/doc/reference/clever-tools/create/ for more details on application creation with Clever Tools.
Setting up environment variables on Clever Cloud
With the Clever Cloud console
- Go to the Clever Cloud console, and find the app you want to fine tune under it’s organization.
- Find the Environment variables menu and select it.
- In this menu, you will see a form with VARIABLE_NAME and variable value fields. Fill them with the desired values then select Create.
With the Clever Tools CLI
- In your code folder, do
clever env set <variable-name> <variable-value>
Refer to https://www.clever-cloud.com/doc/reference/reference-environment-variables/ for more details on available environment variables on Clever Cloud. You can of course create custom ones with the interface we just demonstrated, they will be available for your application.
Configure your Laravel application
Add a new environment variable called
CC_WEBROOT and set
/public as its value.
clever env set CC_WEBROOT /public
Configure your application key
php artisan key:generate. It should output something like
base64:tQbFzxwUfOfKKqNlbjXuduwaUFDQUy+NL8DBfgb3o3s=. Copy this value and add an environment variable named
APP_KEY, with this value.
config/app.php contains the following line:
'key' => env('APP_KEY'),
Configure monolog to use syslog
In your environment variables, add the
APP_LOG=syslog environment variable. This will allow you to read your application logs directly from the console or the CLI tool.
config/app.php contains the following line:
'log' => env('APP_LOG', 'single'),
Optional: configure the front-end build
CC_POST_BUILD_HOOK environment variable.
For example, if you launch the build with
npm run prod:
CC_POST_BUILD_HOOK=npm install && npm run prod.
Monitor your application with New Relic
You can use New Relic to monitor your application on Clever Cloud. Please refer to [the New Relic section of the documentation] to configure it for your application.
Clever Cloud injects environment variables from your application settings as mentioned in setting up environment variables and is also injecting in your application production environment, those from your linked add-ons.
Linking a database or any other add-on to your application
By linking an application to an add-on, the application has the add-on environment variables in its own environment by default.
On add-on creation
Many add-ons do exist on Clever Cloud, please refer to the full list and check add-ons dedicated pages for full instructions.
During add-on creation, you will see Applications screen, with a list of your applications. You can toggle the button to Link and click next. If you finish the process of add-on creation, the application will automatically be linked to it.
Add-on already exists
In the Clever Cloud console, under the Service Dependencies menu of your application, you can use the Link addons dropdown menu to select the name of the add-on you want to link and use the add button to finish the process.
You can also link another application from the same page in the Clever Cloud console, using the Link applications dropdown menu.
Configure your database
Make sure you have created a database add-on in the Clever Cloud console, and that it’s linked to your application. When it’s done, edit
config/database.php to set the correct environment variable names (
MYSQL_ADDON_xxx instead of
DB_xxx for a mysql database).
For instance for MySQL:
// ... 'connections' => [ // ... 'mysql' => [ 'driver' => 'mysql', 'host' => env('MYSQL_ADDON_HOST', '127.0.0.1'), 'port' => env('MYSQL_ADDON_PORT', '3306'), 'database' => env('MYSQL_ADDON_DB', 'forge'), 'username' => env('MYSQL_ADDON_USER', 'forge'), 'password' => env('MYSQL_ADDON_PASSWORD', ''), 'unix_socket' => env('DB_SOCKET', ''), 'charset' => 'utf8mb4', 'collation' => 'utf8mb4_unicode_ci', 'prefix' => '', 'strict' => true, 'engine' => null, ], // ... ] // ...
Optional: automatically run migrations upon deployment
If you want to have database migrations automatically run during each deployment, add this hook instruction to the application’s environment variables
CC_POST_BUILD_HOOK=php artisan migrate --force
Create a FS Bucket add-on and link it to your application. Note its host (you can see it from the addon configuration panel, or in the environment variables exported by the addon). It looks like
Create a new environment variable called
CC_FS_BUCKET and set
/storage/app:<bucket-host> as its value.
Optional: configure task scheduling
If your app uses task scheduling, you need to configure a cron to run the scheduling process:
- Create a
clevercloud/cron.jsonfile in your project, containing:
[ "* * * * * $ROOT/clevercloud/cron.sh" ]
This installs a cron that will run
clevercloud/cron.sh every minute.
- Create a
clevercloud/cron.shfile in your project (with execute permissions), containing:
#!/bin/bash -l set -euo pipefail pushd "$APP_HOME" php artisan schedule:run >> /dev/null 2>&1
Note: the PHP CLI process will use a
memory_limit configuration value that depends on the instance’s size (you can check it by connecting to your app using SSH and running
If one of your scheduled tasks needs to allocate more memory than this limit, the
php artisan schedule:run process will silently crash.
To allow it to use more memory, you can call
ini_set() inside a
php_sapi_name() === 'cli' condition from an early hook to the app’s lifecycle (like the
See this Gist for an example implementation.
Git Deployment on Clever Cloud
You need git on your computer to deploy via this tool. Here is the official website of Git to get more information: git-scm.com
Setting up your remotes
The “Information” page of your app gives you your git deployment URL. It looks like this:
git+ssh://email@example.com/<your_app_id>.git. Copy it in your clipboard.
Locally, under your code folder, type in
git initto set up a new git repository or skip this step if you already have one.
Add the deploy URL with
git remote add <name> <your-git-deployment-url>.
Add your files via
git add <files path>and commit them via
git commit -m <your commit message>.
Now push your application on Clever Cloud with
git push <name> master
Refer to https://www.clever-cloud.com/doc/getting-started/quickstart/ for more details on git deployments.
Make sure you have Filezilla or an other FTP software installed in your machine.
When you have chosen to deploy your application via FTP at the application creation, a free FS Bucket has been created with an ID matching your application’s ID. You will find the FTP credentials in the configuration tab of this particular FS Bucket.
Just follow the instructions of your FTP Software do send code to Clever Cloud.
Warning:An FTP application is automatically started once the application is created, even if no code has been sent.
Refer to https://www.clever-cloud.com/doc/getting-started/quickstart/ for more details on FTP deployments.
Need more configuration? To run a script at the end of your deployment? To add your private SSH key to access private dependencies? Go check the Common configuration page.
You may want to have an advanced usage of your application, in which case we recommend you to read the Administrate documentation section.
If you can’t find something or have a specific need like using a non supported version of a particular software, please reach out to the support.