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Set up Environment for OroPlatform Based Application on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 

This guide demonstrates how to set up Docker and Symfony Server development stack for Oro applications on Windows 10, version 1903 or higher. Please make sure you have the latest version of the Windows OS before you start.

Environment Setup 

  1. Install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS from the Microsoft Store to use with WSL 2. Alternatively, you can install it with a WSL command wsl --install -d Ubuntu, followed by wsl --set-version Ubuntu 2

  2. Install Windows Terminal. It is not required to use a Windows Terminal/Powershell but we recommend using it as it comes with the built-in WSL integration. Please make sure that you run your windows terminal as an administrator. You may be prompted to reboot your PC after installation.

    An example of a successful installation of Windows Terminal

    If you encounter an error during installation, please follow the link provided in the terminal to troubleshoot the issue or refer to the official Microsoft WSL documentation:

    An example of an error during terminal installation

    Once rebooted, create a new NIX username and password to log into Ubuntu.

    An example of terminal messages displayed once you log into ubuntu

    To switch to Ubuntu on your Windows Powershell, click on the dropdown next to the + tab and select Ubuntu from the list.

    Ubuntu option in the Powershell dropdown

    To avoid switching to Ubuntu manually every time, you can set up your Windows Powershell to run Ubuntu by default on startup. For this, navigate to your Windows settings > Startup and change the Default Profile to Ubuntu, as illustrated in the screenshot below:

    Change default terminal profile to Ubuntu

    As WSL integration does not always work well with the Windows file system, go to the Linux file system by typing in cd in the terminal:

    An example of switching to the Linux file system
  3. Install Docker Desktop for Windows. During installation, make sure that the checkbox for Install required Windows components for WSL 2 is selected. Reboot your PC once the installation is finished.

    Checkbox for *Install required Windows components for WSL 2* is selected
  4. Enable Docker Desktop WSL 2 backend for the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS distribution that you installed at step 1.

    • In the General Settings of the Docker application, make sure that Use the WSL 2 based engine option is selected.

    • In the Resources > WSL Integration settings, enable option Ubuntu. Apply all changes and restart Docker.

    Configure WSL 2 on the docker side
  5. Log into Ubuntu 20.04 LTS using Windows Terminal. All the below commands will be executed in it.

  6. Install PHP 8.3 with all required extensions to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS:


    It is recommended to run all commands one by one to make sure they exit successfully and avoid missing potential warnings. If you have unreliable connection leading to command failure, please rerun it.

    sudo apt install software-properties-common
    sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:ondrej/php
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt -y install php8.3 php8.3-fpm php8.3-cli php8.3-pdo php8.3-mysqlnd php8.3-xml php8.3-soap php8.3-gd php8.3-zip php8.3-intl php8.3-mbstring php8.3-opcache php8.3-curl php8.3-bcmath php8.3-ldap php8.3-pgsql php8.3-dev php8.3-mongodb

You will be prompted to type in your password as you are running the commands as a sudo user.

  1. Configure PHP:

    echo -e "memory_limit = 2048M \nmax_input_time = 600 \nmax_execution_time = 600 \nrealpath_cache_size=4096K \nrealpath_cache_ttl=600 \nopcache.enable=1 \nopcache.enable_cli=0 \nopcache.memory_consumption=512 \nopcache.interned_strings_buffer=32 \nopcache.max_accelerated_files=32531 \nopcache.save_comments=1" | sudo tee -a  /etc/php/8.3/fpm/php.ini
    echo -e "memory_limit = 2048M" | sudo tee -a  /etc/php/8.3/cli/php.ini
  2. Install Node.js 20:

    sudo apt -y install curl dirmngr apt-transport-https lsb-release ca-certificates
    curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
    sudo apt -y install nodejs
  3. Install Composer:

    php -r "copy('', 'composer-setup.php');" && php composer-setup.php
    php -r "unlink('composer-setup.php');"
    sudo mv composer.phar /usr/bin/composer
  4. Install Symfony Server:

    sudo apt -y install libnss3-tools
    wget -O - | bash
    echo 'PATH="$HOME/.symfony/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
    source ~/.bashrc
    symfony server:ca:install

    You can also enable TLS, but as Symfony Server does not automate certificate installation for WSL on Windows, you have to copy the generated certificate manually from the /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/ folder to the host filesystem and install it manually to your web browser:

    An illustration of copying the generated certificate manually from the ``/usr/local/share/ca-certificates/`` folder to the host filesystem

    An example of importing a certificate in Chrome:

    Opening certificates in Chrome settings Importing certificate to Chrome
  5. Configure the network. WSL 2 changes the way networking is configured compared to WSL 1. You need to enable proxy of traffic to permit the traffic through the Windows firewall.

    Run in Ubuntu ip addr | grep eth0 to see the IP address of the WSL 2 virtual machine.

    IP address of WSL 2 virtual machine

    Map WSL 2 port to the internal host netsh interface portproxy add v4tov4 listenport=8000 listenaddress= connectport=8000 connectaddress=

    Configure Windows Defender Firewall, as illustrated below:

    Configure Windows Defender Firewall step 1 Configure Windows Defender Firewall step 2 Configure Windows Defender Firewall step 3 Configure Windows Defender Firewall step 4 Configure Windows Defender Firewall step 5 Configure Windows Defender Firewall step 6
  6. Restart the terminal and the web browser to get them ready.

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