How to Install Shopware on Debian 11

how to install shopware on debian 11

Shopware is an application that is used for marketing and creating online shops. It is written in PHP language and stores the information in MySQL database service.

It is available both as open source and commercial edition. Its advantage is that this software is platform-independent, which means that it can be installed on different operating systems such as Linux, Windows, MacOS, etc.

Installing Shopware on Debian 11 with the LAMP stack is a straightforward process that can take up to 30 minutes. Let’s get things done!


  • A server with Debian 11 as OS
  • User privileges: root or non-root user with sudo privileges
  • A valid domain pointed to the server IP address

Step 1. Update the System

To update the system packages to their latest versions available, execute the following command:

sudo apt-get update -y && sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Step 2. Install LAMP Stack

First, we will install the Apache Web server.

sudo apt-get install apache2 -y

Once installed, start and enable the service.

sudo systemctl enable apache2 && sudo systemctl start apache2

Check if the service is up and running:

sudo systemctl status apache2

You should receive the following output:

root@host:~# sudo systemctl status apache2
● apache2.service - The Apache HTTP Server
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/apache2.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Fri 2023-04-21 17:19:44 CDT; 10h ago
   Main PID: 506 (apache2)
      Tasks: 9 (limit: 4675)
     Memory: 24.5M
        CPU: 2.653s
     CGroup: /system.slice/apache2.service

Next, we will install PHP along with its extensions. To do that, first add the GPG key and the repo because, in the default repository of Debian 11, they do not exist. To do that, execute the following commands:

apt -y install lsb-release apt-transport-https ca-certificates 

wget -O /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/php.gpg

echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/php.list

sudo apt-get update -y

Once the PHP key and repo are added, PHP can be installed with the command:

sudo apt-get install php8.1 php8.1-common php8.1-curl libapache2-mod-php php8.1-imap php8.1-redis php8.1-cli php8.1-snmp php8.1-xml php8.1-zip php8.1-mbstring php8.1-gd php8.1-xml php8.1-mysql php-mbstring php8.1-intl -y

After successful installation, check the PHP version:

php -v

You should get the following output:

root@host:~# php -v
PHP 8.1.18 (cli) (built: Apr 14 2023 04:39:46) (NTS)
Copyright (c) The PHP Group
Zend Engine v4.1.18, Copyright (c) Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v8.1.18, Copyright (c), by Zend Technologies

Last is the MariaDB database service:

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server -y

Start and enable the mariadb.service with the following commands:

sudo systemctl start mariadb && sudo systemctl enable mariadb

Check the status of the mariadb.service

sudo systemctl status mariadb

You should receive the following output:

root@host:~# sudo systemctl status mariadb
● mariadb.service - MariaDB 10.5.18 database server
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Sat 2023-04-22 04:19:14 CDT; 12s ago
       Docs: man:mariadbd(8)
   Main PID: 22089 (mariadbd)
     Status: "Taking your SQL requests now..."
      Tasks: 18 (limit: 4675)
     Memory: 69.9M
        CPU: 606ms
     CGroup: /system.slice/mariadb.service
             └─22089 /usr/sbin/mariadbd

Step 3. Create a Shopware database and user

To create a Shopware database, the Shopware user and grant the permissions for that user to the database first log in to MySQL command line with the mysql command and execute the following lines of code one by one:

CREATE USER ‘shopware’@’localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘YourStrongPasswordHere’; CREATE DATABASE shopware; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON shopware.* TO ‘shopware’@’localhost’; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; EXIT;

Step 4. Install Shopware

First, we need to download the Shopware. We will download it in the default document root of the Apache web server:

cd /var/www/html


Once downloaded, extract it with the following command:



Set the right folder and files permission:

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/

chmod -R 775 /var/www/html/

Step 5. Create Apache Virtual Host File

Go into the Apache directory and create a configuration file for the Showpare.

cd /etc/apache2/sites-available/

touch showpare.conf

Open the file, paste the following lines of code, save the file and close it.

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/public

<Directory /var/www/html/public>
AllowOverride All

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined


Enable the Apache configuration for Shopware and rewrite the module.

a2dissite 000-default.conf

sudo a2enmod rewrite

sudo a2ensite showpare.conf

Check the syntax:

apachectl -t

You should receive the following output:

root@vps:~# apachectl -t
Syntax OK

If the syntax is OK, restartd the Apache service.

Step 6. Finish Shopware Installation

To finish the Shopware installation, access the link http://YourDomainName

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You need to follow the pictures below in order you can finish the installation successfully.

start shopware installation
shopware system requirements
shopware gtc

In the next step about database configuration, you need to enter the values you created before in Step 3.

shopware database configuration

The installation will start:

shopware installation
shopware installed

On the configuration tab, you need to set up for shop name, administrator username, administrator login and password:

shopware configuration
shopware admin configuration

Once this is done, you will be redirected to the login page and admin dashboard.

shopware store login
shopware admin dashboard

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