Install without composer on linux ubuntu

This guide explains how to setup application on your machine without composer.


You first need to download application, if you already have downloaded application skip this step.

  1. Go to home page
  2. Download application
Update package

Before starting, update package index you can get latest packages. Execute below command in your terminal:

sudo apt update
Install NGINX

NGINX is server which will serve your application. If you are first timer, then in short this will make your application to be accessed in host name from browser or any other tool.

To install nginx:

sudo apt install nginx
Install PHP

In this step we will install PHP and then we will tell NGINX to pass incoming request to process using PHP.

sudo add-apt-repository universe
sudo apt install php-fpm php-cli php-curl php-mysql php-curl php-gd php-mbstring php-pear -y

This will install php with required extensions.

Now start PHP FPM and enable it to launch every time system restarts.

systemctl start php7.4-fpm
systemctl enable php7.4-fpm

Please check installed PHP version, if installed PHP version is different than change number in php7.4-fpm. For PHP 7.2, it will be php7.2-fpm.

Make sure PHP is running by executing below command:

systemctl status php7.4-fpm
Create site

Let's create site for our application.

  1. Go to /etc/nginx/conf.d by executing cd /etc/nginx/conf.d.
  2. Execute sudo touch nishchay-app.conf.
  3. Execute sudo vim nishchay-app.conf.

This will open editor in terminal window, Paste below code:

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name app.nishchay.local;
    root   '/var/www/nishchay/public';
    index index.php;

    add_header X-Frame-Options DENY;
    add_header X-XSS-Protection "1; mode=block";
    add_header X-Content-Type-Options nosniff;

    charset utf-8;
    add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' '*' always;

    location / {
        if ($request_method = 'POST|GET|PUT|DELETE') {
                add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' '*' always;

        index  index.html index.php;
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;

    location ~ \.php$ {
        include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.4-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_index  index.php;
        fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME  $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        include        fastcgi_params;

    # prevent nginx from serving dotfiles (.htaccess, .svn, .git, etc.)
    location ~ /\. {
        deny all;
        access_log off;
        log_not_found off;


If installed PHP version is different then edit this line in above configuration as per installed php version:

fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.4-fpm.sock;

To save file

  1. Press escape.
  2. Type :wq and press enter.
Check site configuration is correct

Execute below command which will check if nginx files are correct or not.

sudo nginx -t

If You receive any error, please correct it and save it then check again by executing above command.

Restart NGINX

To restart NGINX server execute below command:

systemctl restart nginx
Copy downloaded application to server location
  1. Go to directory where you downloaded application
  2. Extract zip file
  3. Then execute below command:
cp {DOWNLOAD PATH}/nishchay /var/www/nishchay

Now check following path is correct:

Check if it's working now
  1. Open browser.
  2. Visit http://app.nishchay.local
  3. You should see application welcome page.