Environment composition

This environment provies the following tools to develop in PHP :


Available version :

- `7.0`
- `7.1`
- `7.2`

The version is configured in .env file. Default: 7.2 PHP Stack run on Alpine version to keep a small size image.

  • Database

Two different database are available :

The database wished is configured in .env file. Default: mysql

  • Web server

Two web server are available :

All of them are in Alpine version.

  • Cache server

Two cache server are available :

All of them are in Alpine version


Database admin

Mail hub

  • MailDev : SMTP Server + Web Interface for viewing and testing emails during development




A Makefile is available in command line to manage several actions.

Type following command to display help :



make help


help:  Show this help
servers:  Start all containers
start:  Start all containers
stop:  Stop all containers
restart:  Restart all containers
certificate:  Generate a SSL certificate
renewal:  Renewal a knowed SSL certificate
install:  Install EnvDev container environment
homepage:  Launch EnvDev homepage in default browser

Optional tools

Optional tools are available to use in EnvDev. They are not included by default but can be added easily.

  • APIGen : Documentation for your PHP project

Image container : vfac/apigen

Image container : vfac/deployer


Two system dependencies are required :

  • Docker
  • Docker Compose


git clone git@github.com:vfalies/EnvDev.git

Create a .env file to define your configuration. An example is available with .env.dist file.

To install environment

make install


To start the environment, type the following command:

make servers


make start

Several containers are created from .env configuration:

Description Container's name
Maildev hub mail maildev
NodeJs nodejs
Web server ( Apache or Nginx ) web
PHP container php
Cache server cache
Database server db
Database admin tool dbadmin

composer is available through php container:

docker exec php composer -v

node, npm are available through node container:

docker run --rm node node -v
docker run --rm node npm -v

To open default home page in browser

make homepage


You can add your own hosts file for all your projects.

With NGinx

In conf/nginx/vhosts directory, all your yourhost.conf file. A default host file is available for example : /conf/nginx/vhosts/default.conf.

server {

    listen 80;
    server_name localhost;
    root /var/www/html;
    index index.php index.html index.htm;

    location ~* \.PHP$ {
        fastcgi_index   index.php;
        fastcgi_pass   php:9000;
        include         fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_param   SCRIPT_FILENAME    $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;


With Apache

In conf/apache/vhosts directory, all your yourhost.conf file. A default host file is available for example : /conf/apache/vhosts/default.conf.

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName localhost
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/projects

    <Directory /var/www/html/projects>
        Require all granted

    <FilesMatch \.php$>
        SetHandler "proxy:fcgi://php:9000"

SSL support

The SSL support is possible during development. To activate it on one of your vhosts, you must follow steps:

  • Create the SSL self-signed certificate

you can use the command:

make certificate
  • Add the activation of SSL in VHost file

On Nginx:

    listen 443 ssl;

    ssl_certificate /etc/nginx/ssl/envdev.crt;
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/nginx/ssl/envdev.key;

On Apache:

<VirtualHost *:80 *:443>

    SSLEngine on
    SSLCertificateFile /usr/local/apache2/conf/custom/envdev.crt
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /usr/local/apache2/conf/custom/envdev.key


where envdev is the name chosen during the step of the certificate creation.

Don't forget to restart web container to restart the web server

docker restart web

Tips: If you certificate is out of date, you can renew it with the command:

make renewal


You can create .env file to manage applications and tools. An example is available with .env.dist file.

The following versions, paths and ports can be configured :

Description Variable name Possible values Default
PHP Version PHP_VERSION 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 7.2
Database type DB mariadb, mysql, mongodb mysql
Cache server type CACHE_SERVER redis, memcached redis
Projects Path PROJECTS_PATH any /your/projects/directory/path
HTTP web port WEB_PORT any 80
HTTPS web port WEBSSL_PORT any 443
MailDev port MAILDEV_PORT any 1080
PHPMyAdmin port PHPMYADMIN_PORT any 9090
MongoExpress port MONGOEXPRESS_PORT any 8081
Cache server port CACHE_PORT any 6380

If you access to the url http://envdev.localhost a page summarizes all projets and propose access link to PHPMyAdmin, MailDev and PHPInfo.

Nginx configuration

Nginx configuration file is available at /conf/nginx/nginx.conf to custom the web server configuration.

Apache configuration

Apache configuration file is available at /conf/apache/httpd.conf to custom the web server configuration.

PHP configuration

A custom php.ini file is available at /conf/php/php.ini. The default PHP configuration is with these options:

date.timezone = Europe/Paris
log_errors = on
error_log = /var/log/php_errors.log
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 200M
post_max_size = 40M

Projects configuration

To simplify projects source sharing between containers, you can install source projects in the path define in .env with variable PROJECTS_PATH.

Naturally, you can change the default path. In this case, the default summary will not be available.

Open source

EnvDev is licensed under the MIT License and published through GitHub