How to Install Magento 2 on ubuntu with Windows 10/11 WSL | Autify Digital

Installing Magento 2.4.4 on Ubuntu 20.04 with Nginx involves several steps, including setting up the server environment, configuring the web server, and installing Magento. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you with the installation process.

Step 1: Enable the Windows subsystem for Linux feature 

  • Open Control Panel  
  • Click on Programs option 
  • Select the Turn Windows features Turn on or off 
  • Scroll down and find Windows Subsystem for Linux 
  • When it appears to select its checkbox and click on the OK button. 
  • In a few minutes, the Windows Subsystem for Linux (ASL) will automatically get installed on the system. 
  • After installation, click the System Restart Now button.

After the installation, go to the Microsoft store and download the Ubuntu app to play with. 

Once we installed Ubuntu or other Linux apps on Windows then just go to search box and type its name. For example, we have installed Ubuntu, so we typed Ubuntu. 

The first time you launch a newly installed Ubuntu distribution, a console window will open, and you’ll be asked to wait for a minute or two for files to de-compress and be stored on your PC. All future launches should take less than a second. 

You will then need to create a user account and password for your new Ubuntu distribution.

Step 2: Install Nginx 

Run Ubuntu to install Nginx + PHPs on Windows 10/11 WSL. 

The first thing which we do is to update the Ubuntu WSL, use the below-given command: 

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get upgrade

Second is the running of commands to install Nginx on Windows 10/11 Ubuntu WSL:  

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nginx/stable 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install -y nginx 

now we’ve successfully installed the Nginx on our Windows 10 WSL ubuntu app, now the thing which we must do is starting off its service. For that use the below command:

sudo service nginx start 

Then test Nginx webserver 


It will show the welcome screen of this web server as shown below in the screenshot. 

welcome screen after successfully installing nginx


Step 3: Installing PHP  

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php 

Check the latest PHP version available to install 

sudo apt-cache show php 

According to the available version, install the following PHP modules, in our case the latest version was php8.1  

Next, install PHP and its extensions required by Magento. 

sudo apt install software-properties-common && sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php -y sudo apt update 

Run the following command to install the latest stable version of PHP 8.1 and all its modules. 

sudo apt install php8.1-{bcmath,common,curl,fpm,gd,intl,mbstring,mysql,soap,xml,xsl,zip,cli} 

Check the installed version 

php –v 


Start PHP-fpm service 

Here is the command to start the installed PHP-fpm service:

sudo service php8.1-fpm start 

Step 4: Install Database (MariaDB) 

Next Install MariaDB 

sudo apt update 

sudo apt install mariadb-server 

sudo mysql_secure_installation 

Create a MariaDB Database for magento 2: 

sudo mysql -u root 


CREATE USER 'magento'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your_password'; 

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON magento2.* TO 'magento'@'localhost'; 



Step 5: Install Composer 

 Next Install Composer 

Run the commands below to download the Composer binary. Magento requires Composer 2.2 LTS so we have modified the command accordingly. 

php -r "copy('', 'composer-setup.php');" 

php composer-setup.php --2.2 

php -r "unlink('composer-setup.php');" 

Install Composer by moving the binary to the /usr/local/bin directory.   

sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

Verify the installation by checking its version.   

composer –version  

Step 6: Install Elasticsearch 

So, let’s install and configure it.    

Install Elasticsearch 

First, we will install Openjdk17 (Java) as Elasticsearch runs on Java:    


sudo apt install openjdk-17-jdk 

Next, verify if the java was installed properly and check its version with this syntax    

java -version 

The first step is to import the GPG key for Elasticsearch packages using the following command:    

sudo apt install curl

Once done, run the below command: – 

sudo curl -sSfL | sudo gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring=gnupg-ring:/etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/magento.gpg --import   

Then you need to add Elasticsearch repository to the system using the following command: 

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/elastic-7.x.list'sudo chmod 666 /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/magento.gpg   

After completing the above steps, you must first update the cache using the following commands.

Then install Elasticsearch packages on the system: 

sudo apt updatesudo apt install elasticsearch   

Finally, you can use the following commands Start and enable the Elasticsearch service: 

sudo systemctl daemon-reloadsudo systemctl enable elasticsearch.service

Configure Elasticsearch

sudo nano /etc/elasticsearch/elasticsearch.yml   

Search for the line that contains, uncomment it, and change the value to  Set the network host to to listen on all interfaces and make it available publicly,

http.port: 9200   

Then run 

sudo systemctl daemon-reload 
sudo systemctl start elasticsearch.service   

Testing Elasticsearch 

By now, Elasticsearch should be running on port 9200. You can test this using curl, the command-line tool for client-side URL transfers. To test the service, make a GET request like this:   

curl -X GET 'http://localhost:9200' 

Step 7: Download Magento 2  

Download Magento 2:   

cd /var/www/html/ 

sudo composer create-project --repository-url= magento/project-community-edition magento   

Set file permissions 

cd /var/www/html/<magento install directory> 

Sudo find var generated vendor pub/static pub/media app/etc -type f -exec chmod g+w {} +

sudo find var generated vendor pub/static pub/media app/etc -type d -exec chmod g+ws {} 


sudo chown -R user_name:www-data .

sudo chmod u+x bin/magento   

Step 8: Install Magento 2

Everything is ready, now we will run the final command to install Magento 2.4.

First, change the current directory to your website folder (this is also where you downloaded Magento 2 data in step 3) 

Go to Magento 2 install directory.   

cd /var/www/html/<magento install directory> 

You must use the command line to install Magento.   

php bin/magento setup: install --base-url=<your-domain> --db-host=localhost --db-name=magento2 --db-user=magento2 --db-password=<your-db-password-of-magento2-user> --admin-firstname=Admin --admin-lastname=Admin [email protected] --admin-user=admin --admin-password=<your-admin-password> --language=en_US --currency=USD --timezone=America/Chicago --backend-frontname=admin --search-engine=elasticsearch7 --elasticsearch-host=localhost --elasticsearch-port=9200 

Replace the following information with your information 

–base-url : your domain, eg: magento.localhost. You can change this base URL later if you make mistake. 

–db-host: Database host, input localhost if you follow my tutorial 

–db-name: name of the database we created in step 2 

–db-user: name of the database user we created in step 2 

–db-password: password of your MySQL user 

Now composer will start installing Magento 2.4. The process will take a while (approximately 20 minutes) 

Step 9: Setup Virtualhost for nginx  

Then Create virtual host for run web browser 

Configure Nginx:   

Create a Nginx server block (virtual host) for Magento. Create a new configuration file for your site: 

Sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/magento2   

Add the following configuration (replace your_domain with your desired domain name or use localhost for local development): 


server { 

    listen 80; 

    server_name your_domain; 


    root /var/www/html/magento/; 

    index index.php; 


    location / { 

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



    location ~ \.php$ { 

        include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf; 

        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php8.1-fpm.sock; 



    location ~ /\.ht { 

        deny all; 



Save the file and exit the text editor. 

Enable the Nginx site: 

Create a symbolic link to enable the site configuration: 

Sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/magento2 /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/ 

Test Nginx configuration and restart Nginx: 

Check for syntax errors in the Nginx configuration: 

Sudo nginx -t 

If there are no errors, restart Nginx: 

Sudo systemctl restart nginx 

Finalize the Installation:   

Complete the Magento 2 installation via the web interface. 

We hope this guide has been useful in teaching you how to install magento 2 on ubuntu with windows 10/11 WSL. At Autify Digital, we can help install it for you through our magento web design services so be sure to reach out to us.

Jyotiranjan Behera
Jyotiranjan Behera
Magento Developer

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