How to Install Shopware CE on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Updated on October 5, 2018
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Shopware is an open source eCommerce platform for online businesses. Shopware source code is hosted on Github. This guide will show you how to install Shopware Community Edition (CE) on a fresh Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Vultr server instance.


Minimum requirements of Shopware are:

  • PHP version 5.6.4 or above with the following extensions:
  • ctype
  • curl
  • dom
  • hash
  • iconv
  • gd (with freetype and libjpeg)
  • json
  • mbstring
  • OpenSSL
  • session
  • SimpleXML
  • xml
  • zip
  • zlib
  • Nginx or Apache with mod_rewrite enabled. This guide will use Nginx
  • MySQL version 5.5.0 or above
  • IonCube Loader version 5.0 optional, but recommended

Before you begin

Check the Ubuntu version.

lsb_release -ds
# Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Create a new non-root user account with sudo access and switch to it.

adduser johndoe --gecos "John Doe"
usermod -aG sudo johndoe
su - johndoe

NOTE: Replace johndoe with your username.

Set up the timezone.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

Ensure that your system is up to date.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install unzip.

sudo apt install -y unzip

Install PHP

Install PHP 7.2 and required PHP extensions.

sudo apt install -y php7.2 php7.2-cli php7.2-fpm php7.2-common php7.2-mysql php7.2-curl php7.2-json php7.2-zip php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-mbstring php7.2-opcache

Check the version.

php --version

# PHP 7.2.5-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 (cli) (built: May  9 2018 17:21:02) ( NTS )
# Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group
# Zend Engine v3.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies
#     with Zend OPcache v7.2.5-0ubuntu0.18.04.1, Copyright (c) 1999-2018, by Zend Technologies

Install IonCube Loader

Download IonCube Loader.

cd /tmp && wget

Extract the loader.

tar xfz ioncube_loaders_lin_*.gz

Find the PHP extensions directory on the system by running the commands below.

php -i | grep extension_dir
# extension_dir => /usr/lib/php/20170718 => /usr/lib/php/20170718

Copy the ionCube Loader into the PHP extensions directory.

sudo cp /tmp/ioncube/ /usr/lib/php/20170718/

Include the loader via PHP configuration.

sudo vim /etc/php/7.2/fpm/php.ini

Then, add a line in the file to include ionCube loader. It can be anywhere in the file below the [PHP] line.

zend_extension = /usr/lib/php/20170718/

Save the file and restart PHP-FPM.

sudo systemctl restart php7.2-fpm.service

Install MySQL and setup the database

Install MySQL.

sudo apt install -y mysql-server

Check the version.

mysql --version && sudo mysqld --version

# mysql  Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.7.22, for Linux (x86_64) using  EditLine wrapper
# mysqld  Ver 5.7.22-0ubuntu18.04.1 for Linux on x86_64 ((Ubuntu))

Run mysql_secure installation to improve MySQL security and set the password for the MySQL root user.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Would you like to setup VALIDATE PASSWORD plugin? N
Please set the password for root here.
New password: **********************
Re-enter new password: **********************
Remove anonymous users? Y
Disallow root login remotely? Y
Remove test database and access to it? Y
Reload privilege tables now? Y


All done!

Connect to the MySQL shell as the root user.

sudo mysql -u root -p
# Enter password

Create an empty MySQL database and user for Shopware, and remember the credentials.

GRANT ALL ON dbname.* TO 'username' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

Install and configure Nginx

Install Nginx.

sudo apt install -y nginx

Check the version.

sudo nginx -v
# nginx version: nginx/1.14.0 (Ubuntu)

Run sudo vim /etc/nginx/sites-available/shopware.conf and configure Nginx for Shopware.

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;
    server_name; # Check this
    root /var/www/shopware; # Check this

    index shopware.php index.php;

    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /shopware.php$is_args$args;

    location /recovery/install {
      index index.php;
      try_files $uri /recovery/install/index.php$is_args$args;

    location ~ \.php$ {
        include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock; # Check this

Activate the new shopware.conf configuration by linking the file to the sites-enabled directory.

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/shopware.conf /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Test the configuration.

sudo nginx -t

Reload Nginx.

sudo systemctl reload nginx.service

Install Shopware

Create a document root directory.

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/shopware

Change ownership of the /var/www/shopware directory to johndoe.

sudo chown -R johndoe:johndoe /var/www/shopware

Download the latest release of Shopware.

cd /var/www/shopware
wget -O

NOTE: Update the download link in the command above if there is a newer release.

Change ownership of the /var/www/shopware directory to www-data.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/shopware

Increase memory_limit = 256M and upload_max_filesize = 6M, and set allow_url_fopen = On if it is not already set in the /etc/php/7.2/fpm/php.ini file.

sudo vim /etc/php/7.2/fpm/php.ini

After making changes in the /etc/php/7.2/fpm/php.ini file, reload php7.2-fpm.service

sudo systemctl reload php7.2-fpm.service

Open your domain/IP in the web browser and follow the installation wizard. The backend of Shopware is located at /backend example:

You have successfully installed Shopware.