How to Deploy Laravel Application on AWS EC2 the Right Way

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How to Deploy Laravel Application on AWS EC2 the Right Way

Interested in PHP development? Read on to learn how to make a basic Laravel application and deploy to an AWS EC2 server.

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Are you tired of developing your Laravel application on your localhost? Do you want to see your application in the cloud? This might sound scary at the beginning, but in this tutorial, we will cover every step you need to follow up to deploy your app into your ec2 instance, so you can scale to million users with AWS Laravel applications.  

Now, let’s start deploying Laravel on AWS!

Laravel Applications on the Cloud

Nowadays, Laravel is one of the most popular PHP frameworks in the world. Developers prefer to use Laravel rather than CodeIgniter, CakePHP, or Yii because of its easy database integration, high customization, ease of development and templating, libraries and excellent documentation. You can read our Laravel 5.6 vs Symfony 4: The Best PHP Framework Battle.

AWS offers us the best Cloud solutions and technologies to put out applications on the cloud such as RDS (Relational Database Service), EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud), S3 (Simple Storage Service, Cloudfront, AutoScaling, Classic and Application Load Balancers).

To deploy Laravel on AWS, we must have these resources ready to use:

Once we have this resources available, we can proceed to install our Laravel stack on our server.


  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Nginx 1.14
  • PHP-7.2
  • PHP7.2-FP

Steps to Deploy Laravel App on AWS

1. Login to your EC2 instance.
If you don’t know how to do it, check this blog to get help!

2. Update your libraries.
Let’s update our libraries with the latest packages available.

Warning: if your server is new there won’t be any problem with updating libraries. If you do run into issues, be careful not to update a package that is incompatible with your current tech stack.

$ sudo apt-get update

3. Install Nginx's latest version.
Before that, let’s get superuser permissions.

$ sudo su

Let’s establish a variable for Nginx's latest version

$ nginx=stable          

Now add the repository using the previous variable.

$ add-apt-repository ppa:nginx/$nginx          

Press enter to confirm this addition.


Now let’s update our libraries again with the latest Nginx version.

$ apt-get update          

And last but not least, install Nginx.

$ apt-get install nginx          

Tip: Check the Nginx version with the next command:

$ nginx -v          

4. Install PHP 7.2 and php7.2-fpm
First of all, let’s install the next package.

$ apt-get install python-software-properties          

Now add the repository.

$ add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php          

Press enter to confirm this addition.

Now let’s update our libraries again with php7.2 version.

$ apt-get update          

And, finally, install PHP 7.2 with php7.2-fpm as well.

$ apt-get install php7.2 php7.2-msql php7.2-mysql php7.2-fpm php7.2-xml php7.2-gd php7.2-opcache php7.2-mbstring          

Additionally, install these libraries.

$ apt install zip unzip php7.2-zip          

To verify your installation, check the PHP version.

$ php -V          

5. Install Laravel and deploy your code. 

In this step, you can send your app to your server using SCP, FTP, or any protocol you want to deploy your code. In this tutorial, Laravel will be installed from zero.

Download Composer:

$ curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php          

Move Composer to make it executable.

$ mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer          

Let’s move to the directory where we want to install/move our Laravel instance.

$ cd /var/www          

Now let’s install Laravel.

Note: skip this step if you already have your code.

$ composer create-project laravel/laravel test --prefer-dist          

Set proper ownership for our directory.

$ chown -R www-data:www-data test/          

And also set proper permissions

$ chmod -R 775 test/          

6. Configure Virtual Host on Nginx.

Move to the sites-available folder on Nginx.

$ cd /etc/nginx/sites/available          

Modify the default virtual host file with vim editor; the file should look like this:

server {
listen 80 default_server;
listen [::]:80 default_server;

root /var/www/test/public;

index index.php index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;

server_name _;

location / {
try_files $uri $uri/ =404;

location ~ \.php$ {
include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;

# With php-fpm (or other unix sockets);
fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
# With php-fpm (or other unix sockets);

Now save and quit.

$ :wq          

Tip: Before doing any restart on Nginx, first check the Nginx syntax. If the syntax is okay, then it is safe to perform a restart.

$ nginx -t          

Now let's restart Nginx to load our changes.

$ service nginx restart          
Now, go to your web browser and paste your public IP and you should be able to see your Laravel App!

Tip: If you don’t know your public IP, you can use this command to see the IP address quickly. Also, you can go to the AWS dashboard and look for your public IP.

$ curl icanhazip.com                      

Note: If you deployed your custom app, make sure to replace on your .env file, RDS endpoint to enable database connection. You might also like: How to upload files to Amazon s3 using Laravel

What’s Next?

Now that you’ve deployed/installed your Laravel app on AWS, you might be concerned about performance. If you want to scale up your app, you can use Auto Scaling feature to enable high availability on your application. For example, if your app reaches certain use CPU by having many visitors, another exact copy of the server will be launched. To deliver the traffic between two (or as much as needed), we can also use the AWS service Load Balancer. So both servers will be registered on the Load balancer and traffic will be split in both servers.

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