Download a website on my computer to work with Vagrant

This case study is meant to get a fresh development environment from an existing Roadiz Source edition website and theme. Following code snippets are using some variables data, in theses examples I’ll use:

  • MYUSER as the MySQL database user.
  • MYPASSWORD as the MySQL database user password.
  • MYDATABASE as the MySQL database name.
  • ~/Documents/Websites as the working directory on your own computer.
  • database-YYYY-mm-dd.sql is the mysql dump file name, replace YYYY-mm-dd with the current date.
  • mysuperwebsite is your website root folder.
  • is an example Github repository for your theme.
  • SuperTheme is an example theme name and folder.

On the production server:

  1. Generate a database dump on your production server.
mysqldump -uMYUSER -pMYPASSWORD MYDATABASE > database-YYYY-mm-dd.sql

Then download it on your computer. You can also use phpmyadmin web tool to export your database tables. Make sure to disable foreign key verification and add the DROP IF EXISTS directive on phpmyadmin export form.

On your computer:

  1. Clone Roadiz on your favorite folder, choose well between master or develop branch if you want the stable version or the latest features.
cd ~/Documents/Websites;
# Here I choose the develop branch, because I’m warrior
git clone -b develop mysuperwebsite;
  1. Clone your website theme in Roadiz themes/ folder, choose well your branch too. If you already have a develop branch, clone with -b develop option.
cd ~/Documents/Websites/mysuperwebsite/themes;
# My theme already has a develop branch so…
git clone -b develop SuperTheme;
  1. [Optional] Initialize git-flow on the theme. You should always work on develop. Master branch is only for releases. If you don’t have git-flow on your computer, you can find some help on the official documentation.
cd ~/Documents/Websites/mysuperwebsite/themes/SuperTheme;
# You must fetch every available branches before initializing git flow
git checkout master;
git checkout develop;
git flow init;
# Follow instructions
# Git flow should checkout on develop branch for you
  1. Install Roadiz’ Composer dependencies (after cloning the theme to be sure that all composer dependencies are loaded)
cd ~/Documents/Websites/mysuperwebsite;
composer install --no-dev;
  1. Launch your Vagrant environment. Do not to automatically provision your VM if you want to choose what tool to install.
vagrant up --no-provision;
# ... lots of lines, bla bla bla

Choose tools to install on your VM, roadiz provisioner is mandatory… obviously, devtools provisioner will install Composer, Node.js, Grunt and Bower commands. If you have lots of website on your computer, it’s better to install these tools directly on your host machine, they will be more effective than on the VM. And you will be able to take advantage of Composer and NPM cache between your dev websites.

# Everything
vagrant provision --provision-with roadiz,phpmyadmin,mailcatcher,solr,devtools
# OR on a dev computer
vagrant provision --provision-with roadiz,phpmyadmin,mailcatcher,solr
  1. Import your database dump. First, you’ll need to copy it into your Roadiz website to make it available within your Vagrant VM. Then import it in your VM using the mysql tool.
mv ~/Downloads/database-YYYY-mm-dd.sql ~/Documents/Websites/mysuperwebsite/database-YYYY-mm-dd.sql;
cd ~/Documents/Websites/mysuperwebsite;
# Enter your VM
vagrant ssh;
# Your website is located in /var/www folder
cd /var/www;
mysql -uroadiz -proadiz roadiz < database-YYYY-mm-dd.sql;
# Exit your VM
  1. Update your conf/config.yml file to fill in your mysql credentials.
cd ~/Documents/Websites/mysuperwebsite;
# composer should have create a starter config file for you
subl conf/config.yml; # If you work SublimeText
  1. Use the bin/roadiz generate:nsentities to regenerate Doctrine entities existing in database but not as files.
cd ~/Documents/Websites/mysuperwebsite;
vagrant ssh;
cd /var/www;
bin/roadiz generate:nsentities;
# You may have to check database schema if your production website is not up to
# date with latest Roadiz
bin/roadiz orm:schema-tool:update --dump-sql --force;
  1. Download your production documents to your dev VM. You don’t have to do this within your VM.
cd ~/Documents/Websites/mysuperwebsite/files;
rsync -avcz -e "ssh -p 22" ./
# do not forget ending slashes in both paths.
  1. If you are using a Vagrant VM you have to add your IP address to the dev.php file to authorize your host computer to use the development environment.

11. Connect to http://localhost:8080/dev.php to begin. Every outgoing emails should be catched by Mailcatcher. You can see them at address http://localhost:1080.