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In order to develop a Symfony application, you might want to use a virtual development environment instead of the built-in server or WAMP/LAMP. Homestead is an easy-to-use Vagrant box to get a virtual environment up and running quickly.
Due to the amount of filesystem operations in Symfony (e.g. updating cache files and writing to log files), Symfony can slow down significantly. To improve the speed, consider overriding the cache and log directories to a location outside the NFS share (for instance, by using sys_get_temp_dir). You can read this blog post for more tips to speed up Symfony on Vagrant.
Before you can use Homestead, you need to install and configure Vagrant and Homestead as explained in the Homestead documentation.
Imagine you've installed your Symfony application in
~/projects/symfony_demo on your local system. You first need Homestead to
sync your files in this project. Run
homestead edit to edit the
Homestead configuration and configure the
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# ... folders: - map: ~/projects to: /home/vagrant/projects
projects/ directory on your PC is now accessible at
/home/vagrant/projects in the Homestead environment.
After you've done this, configure the Symfony application in the Homestead configuration:
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# ... sites: - map: symfony-demo.test to: /home/vagrant/projects/symfony_demo/public type: symfony4
type option tells Homestead to use the Symfony nginx configuration.
Homestead now supports a Symfony 2 and 3 web layout with
app_dev.php when using type
symfony2 and an
index.php layout when
At last, edit the hosts file on your local machine to map
192.168.10.10 (which is the IP used by Homestead):
# /etc/hosts (unix) or C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts (Windows) 192.168.10.10 symfony-demo.test
Now, navigate to
http://symfony-demo.test in your web browser and enjoy
developing your Symfony application!
To learn more features of Homestead, including Blackfire Profiler integration, automatic creation of MySQL databases and more, read the Daily Usage section of the Homestead documentation.