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Laravel Berkshelf Bootstrap

1.0.0 2013-08-16 15:48 UTC

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This is simply a project to bootstrap Laravel 4.0.x with Berkshelf and Vagrant, to get you going on dev ASAP. It contains a sensible set of defaults for a simple Laravel project, with some overrides in the Vagrantfile for local development.


If you don't already have any of these things, read up on them first. You're missing out on an easier development life.


Make sure you have all the requirements above installed.

The easiest way is to use composers create-project command:

$ composer create-project intouch/laravel-berkshelf my-awesome-project-dir

... or, clone this repo and from the cloned folder run:

$ composer install
$ php artisan key:generate

Now, you can run vagrant up from my-awesome-project-dir and watch Berkshelf and Chef fly like a Taggart's hair.

By default the virtual box is set to run at, and the vhost on the box is named laravel-berkshelf.local. Feel free to set these in your local hosts file, and of course to change them as necessary. If you change any of the settings in the chef cookbook, simply run vagrant provision from my-awesome-project-dir and Vagrant will apply your changes to the virtual box.

Once the vagrant box has booted and you've setup your hosts file, you should see this.

Apache will be running the default Laravel project, and a default 'laravel' database will have been created:

Welcome to Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.5.0-23-generic x86_64)

 * Documentation:
Last login: Tue Jul 16 19:47:53 2013 from
vagrant@laravel-berkshelf:~$ mysql -u root -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 37
Server version: 5.5.32-0ubuntu0.12.04.1-log (Ubuntu)

Copyright (c) 2000, 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

mysql> show databases;
| Database           |
| information_schema |
| laravel            |
| mysql              |
| performance_schema |
| test               |
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)


Laravel is already set up to use APC for session and cache, and the APPLICATION_ENVIRONMENT environment variable to set the project environment.

How Could I Deploy This?

It's pretty simple using chef-solo. There is already a configuration file and JSON payload in the chef folder. You could simply run berks install --path=chef/cookbooks, which will put all the dependant cookbooks under the chef/cookbooks folder, with the project-specific cookbook. Don't worry, they are excluded in the .gitignore. Now upload the entire project to your server (which has chef 11 already installed) and run chef-solo -c chef/config.rb -j chef/default.json from the project root folder.

Deploying to multiple environments with separate settings? Simply copy chef/default.json to chef/<environment>.json, edit with your config overrides, and run chef-solo -c chef/config.rb -j chef/<environment>.json on the target system.

We have written some simple BASH scripts that handle all this for us (including bootstrapping the remote system with ruby and chef if necessary); we'll be sharing them soon, but you get the picture.

What Do I Get?

The VM is built on a minimal install of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) with Ruby 1.9.3 (rvm) and Chef 11.4.4.

Installed is the default PHP 5.3.x (latest dot release in the Ubuntu repos) installation, plus mcrypt and apc. It is served via Apache 2.2.x (again, latest Ubuntu repo dot release) and running MySQL 5.5.x. The default MySQL root password is in the Vagrantfile.

Deploying on Digital Ocean

You can deploy your VM on Digital Ocean by using the digital_ocean provider. Find the installation instruction here:

If you are using a Mac, don't forget to install curl-ca-bundle as explained in the INSTALL section.

Then, make sure to set the needed environment variables:

export DIGITALOCEAN_CLIENTID='12345yourclientID'
export DIGITALOCEAN_APIKEY='yourapikey2341514515'


The Laravel framework is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license

The Berkshelf project is open-sourced software licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0

This project is free as in beer. We're also happy to take pull requests if you have ideas or improvements. Distribute to your hearts content. If you find this useful and are a nice person, you'll give us some small credit (but give the folks at the projects above more credit).

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments, open a ticket here and we'll get back to you!