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Install Prestashop

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27 Mar 2017

Create AWS Instance

Go to the AWS console and log in to your account.

Navigate to the EC2 Dashboard for your desired region. e.g. Sydney’s EC2 Dashboard

Select Launch Instance.

Select Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Choose an Instance Type. You will require t2.micro or greater, as the t2.nano does not have enough memory for PrestaShop and MySQL.

Next, Next, Next, Next

Ensure access via HTTP is available in security group.

Select Add Rule, and choose HTTP from the Type dropdown.

Review and Launch, Launch

ssh to your machine. Remember the default user for an Ubuntu machine is ubuntu. SSH instructions for the uninformed.

Everything from here on out is done from within the SSH session (except using your browser).

Add PHP repository

We will use this later, but you save a bit of time doing it first.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Update your repository cache.

sudo apt update

Optionally but recommended, update your system. This will take a little while.

sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Apache

sudo apt install -y apache2

Enable the rewrite mod. PrestaShop requries this.

sudo a2enmod rewrite

Restart apache. Get used to this command. You will see it a lot.

sudo service apache2 restart

Navigate to your server from your browser. If you don’t get an error page then everything is working!


Install MySQL

sudo apt install -y mysql-server php5.6-mysql

During the installation you will be asked for a password. Provide a good password, not something like P4ssw0rd!.

Remove the example and insecure stuff that comes with the default installation.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Install PHP

Install all the required PHP modules that PrestaShop doesn’t tell you it needs.

sudo apt install -y php5.6 libapache2-mod-php5.6 php5.6-mcrypt php5.6-zip php5.6-xml php5.6-cli php5.6-curl php5.6-gd php5.6-intl

Edit the apache configuration to make php the first choice.

sudo nano /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/dir.conf

And edit line 2 to put index.php at the front of the list. Note, this is the only bit in this process that I haven’t scripted completely. If someone want to fork this post with a sed command or similar I will merge it in here.

Restart apache.

sudo service apache2 restart

Install PrestaShop

Navigate to the apache server directory.

cd /var/www/html

Download the PrestaShop files.

sudo wget

Install unzip and then unzip it.

sudo apt install -y unzip
sudo unzip
sudo rm

Fix the permissions.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www
sudo chmod -R 775 /var/www

Restart apache.

sudo service apache2 restart

Navigate to your server with your browser. This will set up all the PrestaShop files for you and redirect you to the installation page.


You should be redirected to the installation screen. If not, navigate to the install screen with your browser.


Follow the on screen prompts.

Once completed, clean up the install folder.

sudo rm -rf /var/www/html/install



I hope this is useful for someone out there.

This took me much longer to install than it should have. Now following this guide I can get a machine up and running in under 10 minutes.

If you want a scalable service, you can use an RDS instance for the database and point to that instead of the locally hosted one. The clone your EC2 instances as desired.

Or if you are lazy you can scale vertically.

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