Install Magento on Ubuntu 20.04

Install Magento on Ubuntu 20.04


This document covers the installation process of Magento 2.4.2 on an EC2 instance of Ubuntu 20.04


Before beginning the installation process, you must create an account at

After creating an account, acquire your public and private keys, needed for a later step, by visiting this site. Once on there, click on your name in the top right corner and then click on "My Profile". Once there, click on "Access Keys", located under Marketplace > My Products.

Assuming you don't already have an access key created, simply create one and name it something appropriate.  Once created, make note that in a later step, your public key will act as your username and your private key will act as your password.

Installation steps

Create magento user

  1. sudo adduser magento
  2. sudo usermod -aG sudo magento
  3. Adds user to the sudo group
  4. sudo -iu magento
  5. Logs in as magento

Install nginx

  1. sudo apt -y install nginx

Install PHP

  1. apt-get -y install php7.4-fpm
  2. Might possibly need to run apt-get -y install php7.4-cli

Configure PHP

  1. Open the php.ini files in an editor:
  2. vim /etc/php/7.4/fpm/php.ini
  3. vim /etc/php/7.4/cli/php.ini
  4. Edit both to include the following values:
  5. memory_limit = 2G
  6. max_execution_time = 1800
  7. zlib.output_compression = On
  8. Uncomment ;extension=curl
  9. Save the changes you made and restart PHP with systemctl restart php7.4-fpm

Install MariaDB

  1. sudo apt install mariadb-server
  2. sudo mysql_secure_installation
    This will launch the configurator for mariaDB
Enter current password for root (enter for none): Press [Enter] since no password is set by default
Set root password? [Y/n]: Y (Keep this password handy for a later step)
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]: Y
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]: Y

Once done:
3. systemctl status mariadb.service
4. systemctl enable mariadb.service

Configure DB

  1. sudo mysql -u root -p
  2. Enter the magento user password when asked
  3. Enter the following commands in the order shown to create a database instance named magento with username magento:
  4. mysql -u magento -p
  5. Use the root password we set up in the second SQL statement referenced as Password
  6. use magento; and ensure the output is Database changed
create database magento;
create user 'magento'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'Password';
GRANT ALL ON magento.* TO 'magento'@'localhost';
flush privileges;

Install Elasticsearch

Starting with version 2.4, Magento requires that Elasticsearch be utilized

  1. wget
  2. sudo dpkg -i elasticsearch-7.6.1-amd64.deb
  3. sudo systemctl start elasticsearch
  4. sudo systemctl status elasticsearch
  5. curl -XGET 'http://localhost:9200'

Configure Elasticsearch

  1. sudo vim /etc/elasticsearch/elasticsearch.yml
  2. Magento Cluster
  3. Magento Node
  4. localhost
  5. systemctl restart elasticsearch.service
  6. Re-run curl -XGET 'http://localhost:9200' to confirm changes are reflected

Configure Permissions

  1. sudo usermod -g www-data magento
  2. sudo chown -R magento:www-data /var/www/html/

Installing PHP Extensions

At this point, I found that before I could run the composer command in the next section, I had several php extensions I had to install. Those were:

  1. php-bcmath
  2. php7.4-curl
  3. php-xml
  4. php-7.4-mbstring
  5. php7.4-intl
  6. php7.4-gd
  7. php7.4-mysql
  8. php7.4-soap

Installing Magento

  1. Installing Magento
  2. sudo apt install zip unzip php-zip
  3. cd /var/www/html and ensure the directory is empty of any contents. Generally, Nginx have a test file in here that you will need to delete.
  4. Install composer globally: curl -sS | sudo php -- --install-dir=/usr/bin --filename=composer
  5. composer create-project --repository=< magento/project-community-edition .
  6. When prompted, provide public key as username and private key as password

Once finished, you may be presented with some messages highlighted in yellow. These are not necessarily anything to worry about unless they're explicitly warnings or if the highlighting is red instead of yellow.

We now run the composer install command to actually install Magento, itself

composer install
bin/magento setup:install \
--base-url=<http://localhost/magento2ee> \
--db-host=localhost \
--db-name=magento \
--db-user=magento \
--db-password=db_password \
--backend-frontname=admin \
--admin-firstname=Tanner \
--admin-lastname=Cude \
--admin-email=email \
--admin-user=magentoadmin \
--admin-password=alphanumberic_password \
--language=en_US \
--currency=USD \
--timezone=America/Chicago \

Note that this step may take several minutes to install.

Stay tuned for an additional post describing how to configure Nginx to work with Magento – allowing users to access your Magento site.