A simple and easy to use local development environment. It makes use of Vagrant which provides an elegant way to manage Virtual Machines.

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Installation & Setup


Before launching your Flunky environment, you must install VirtualBox and Vagrant. These software packages provide easy-to-use visual installers for all popular operating systems. You also need to have composer installed on your system.

Installing Flunky

You may install Flunky by simply cloning the repository. Consider cloning the repository into a Flunky folder within your “home” directory, as the Flunky box will serve as the host to all of your PHP projects:

cd ~

git clone https://github.com/ipabz/flunky.git Flunky

Once you have cloned the Flunky repository, run the composer install command from the Flunky directory to create the Flunky.yaml configuration file. The Flunky.yaml file will be placed in the ~/Flunky directory:

composer install

Configuring Flunky

Configuring Shared Folders

The folders property of the Flunky.yaml file lists all of the folders you wish to share with your Flunky environment. As files within these folders are changed, they will be kept in sync between your local machine and the Flunky environment. You may configure as many shared folders as necessary:

    - map: ~/Projects
      to: /home/vagrant/Projects

Configuring Apache Sites

Not familiar with Apache? No problem. The sites property allows you to easily map a “domain” to a folder on your Flunky environment. A sample site configuration is included in the Flunky.yaml file. Again, you may add as many sites to your Flunky environment as necessary. Flunky can serve as a convenient, virtualized environment for every PHP project you are working on:

    - map: my-project.dev
      to: /home/vagrant/Projects/my-project

If you change the sites property after provisioning the Flunky box, you should re-run vagrant reload --provision to update the Apache configuration on the virtual machine.

The Hosts File

You must add the “domains” for your Apache sites to the hosts file on your machine. The hosts file will redirect requests for your Flunky sites into your Flunky machine. On Mac and Linux, this file is located at /etc/hosts. On Windows, it is located at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts. The lines you add to this file will look like the following:  my-project.dev

Make sure the IP address listed is the one set in your ~/Flunky/Flunky.yaml file. Once you have added the domain to your hosts file and launched the Vagrant box you will be able to access the site via your web browser:


Launching The Vagrant Box

Once you have edited the Flunky.yaml to your liking, run the vagrant up command from your Flunky directory. Vagrant will boot the virtual machine and automatically configure your shared folders and Apache sites.

To destroy the machine, you may use the vagrant destroy --force command.

Daily Usage

Accessing Flunky Globally

Sometimes you may want to vagrant up your Flunky machine from anywhere on your filesystem. You can do this by adding a simple Bash function to your Bash profile. This function will allow you to run any Vagrant command from anywhere on your system and will automatically point that command to your Homestead installation:

function flunky() {
    ( cd ~/Flunky && vagrant $* )

Make sure to tweak the ~/Flunky path in the function to the location of your actual Flunky installation. Once the function is installed, you may run commands like flunky up or flunky ssh from anywhere on your system.