How to Install PyroCMS on FreeBSD 13

Updated on March 1, 2022
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PyroCMS is an open-source Content Management System (CMS) based on the PHP framework, Laravel. It's used to build and manage websites. It comes with a fully responsive user interface, usable in all types of devices. This article explains how to install PyroCMS on FreeBSD 13.


Perform the following steps first:

Step 1. Install Required Packages

Update the system package list.

$ pkg update

Install required packages.

$ pkg install -y sudo nano unzip wget bash

Install PHP 7.4, Apache, MySQL, and more modules.

 $ sudo pkg install -y apache24 mysql80-server mod_php74 php74 php74-session php74-curl php74-xml php74-zip php74-mbstring php74-ctype php74-imap php74-simplexml php74-tokenizer php74-xmlreader php74-xmlwriter php74-pear php74-fileinfo php74-json php74-phar php74-exif php74-iconv php74-mysqli php74-pdo_mysql php74-dom php74-filter php74-intl php74-openssl php74-intl php74-opcache php74-gd

Enable PHP-FPM service.

$ sudo sysrc php_fpm_enable=yes

Start PHP-FPM service.

$ sudo service php-fpm start

Copy the sample PHP configuration file.

$ sudo cp /usr/local/etc/php.ini-production /usr/local/etc/php.ini

Step 2. Create PyroCMS Database

Enable MySQL service to start on system boot.

$ sudo sysrc mysql_enable="yes"

Start MySQL service.

$ sudo service mysql-server start

Log in to MySQL shell. Then, press Enter to continue at the password prompt.

$ sudo mysql -u root -p

Secure the MySQL root user by changing the password. Change the value of StrongPassword with your own secure password.

ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'StrongPassword';

Create a database named pyro.


Create a database user pyrouser with a password MySecurePassword. Change the value of MySecurePassword to your own secure password.

CREATE USER 'pyrouser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'MySecurePassword';

Grant the database user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON pyro.* TO 'pyrouser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Save all the changes to take effect.


Exit MySQL shell.


Step 3. Install Composer

Install required dependencies.

$ sudo pkg install -y curl git

Download Composer installer.

$ php -r "copy('', 'composer-setup.php');"

Verify the installer.

$ php -r "if (hash_file('sha384', 'composer-setup.php') === '906a84df04cea2aa72f40b5f787e49f22d4c2f19492ac310e8cba5b96ac8b64115ac402c8cd292b8a03482574915d1a8') { echo 'Installer verified'; } else { echo 'Installer corrupt'; unlink('composer-setup.php'); } echo PHP_EOL;"

Run the installer.

$ php composer-setup.php

Remove the installer.

$ php -r "unlink('composer-setup.php');"

Make Composer global by moving composer.phar to the system path.

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

Verify the Composer version.

$ composer -V

Step 4. Install PyroCMS

Change to document root.

$ cd /usr/local/www/apache24/data/

Set up the project using composer.

$ sudo composer create-project pyrocms/pyrocms

Set the ownership of the directory to the web-root user and group.

$ sudo chown -R www:www /usr/local/www/apache24/data/pyrocms/

Change the access permissions.

$ sudo chmod -R 755 /usr/local/www/apache24/data/pyrocms/

Step 5. Configure Apache2

Enable Apache service to start on system boot.

$ sudo sysrc apache24_enable=yes

Start Apache service.

$ sudo service apache24 start

Create a configuration file to allow Apache to work with PHP.

$ sudo nano /usr/local/etc/apache24/modules.d/001_mod-php.conf

Add the following lines of code to the file. Then, save and close the file.

<IfModule dir_module>
    DirectoryIndex index.php index.html
    <FilesMatch "\.php$">
        SetHandler application/x-httpd-php
    <FilesMatch "\.phps$">
        SetHandler application/x-httpd-php-source

Create Apache configuration file pyrocms.conf for PyroCMS.

$ sudo nano /usr/local/etc/apache24/Includes/pyrocms.conf

Add the below code to the file. Save and close the file.

<VirtualHost *:80>

    DocumentRoot /usr/local/www/apache24/data/pyrocms/public

    <Directory /usr/local/www/apache24/data/pyrocms/public/>
        Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted


Test the configuration.

$ sudo apachectl configtest

Enable mod_rewrite by editing the apache configuration file.

$ sudo nano /usr/local/etc/apache24/httpd.conf

Comment out the following line. Then, save and close the file:

LoadModule rewrite_module libexec/apache24/

Restart Apache service.

$ sudo service apache24 restart

Step 6. Access PyroCMS

To access the PyroCMS Web Interface, go to your browser and visit http://Server_IP/. For example:


You have installed PyroCMS on your FreeBSD 13.0 server. You can now check the official documentation to learn more about using PyroCMS.