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How To Install Latest Magento 2 Version Using Composer

December 27, 2016

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Magento 2 was introduced a while back and has already created quite a buzz in the ecommerce industry. Online merchants have already started installing and setting up their e-stores before the holiday season rush. If you are wondering how you can easily install Magento 2 on Cloudways, then follow this simple, step-by-step guide on installing Magento 2 using Composer.

Install Magento 2 Composer

In this article, I’m gonna show you how to install Magento 2 on your Cloudways server using composer.


Let’s begin!

Prepare your server for Magento 2 installation.

Step 1: Login to Cloudways with your Username and Password. Signup on Cloudways, if you don’t have an account yet.

login cloudways

Step 2: After login, create a server and select Magento from Select Application drop down.
Provide details for your server and application.

Select Application Cloudways

Step 3: Select Cloud provider of your choice. In this tutorial, we are using DigitalOcean.

Select Hosting Cloudways

Step 4: Select your server size according to your requirements.

Note: Kindly select 1GB or above server size. Magento stores hosted on less than 1GB server can make your online website slow, resulting in loss of customers.

server size Cloudways

Step 5: Select your server location by keeping the latency factor in mind.


Now click on Launch Server button from the bottom of the page and wait for your server preparation.

Launch Server

Now go to your application and click on Launch Database Manager under Access Detail.

Launch Database

After launching database manager, select all the tables and click on Drop.

Drop Database

Go to your server and click on Launch SSH terminal under Master Credentials.


Launch SSH

Magento 2 Installation:

In your “public_html” directory run this command to remove all files.

rm -Rf *

Now run the following command to install Magento 2 using composer.

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

Note: To install Magento 2 in the current directory (e.g. public_html) do not forget to add the (.) dot in the end.

public_html directory

Insert your username and password. For username and password, log in to Magento Marketplace and select My Account from the top-right corner. Now click Access Keys and Generate your new SECURE KEYS.

  • Public Key: Is your username
  • Private Key: Is your password

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After inserting your username and password, it will ask for store credentials. Type “Yes”.

Magento 2 Installation

Magento 2 will now start downloading on your server.

Magento 2 Installation

After downloading, it will want your “GitHub OAuth token

Magento 2 Installation

You have to create it from your GitHub account ( For this, Go to Settings > Personal Access tokens and Generate new Token. Copy the token and provide it to the composer. After inserting “GitHub OAuth token”, you should see the following screen.

Magento 2 Installation

Magento 2 is now installed. You now need to set proper permissions for your Magento 2 Store. Magento has few sets of recommended permissions which we have to apply.

Upgrade Your Store to Magento 2.3

a ) The owner must have full access to files.

b ) Web Server must have write permission on var, app/etc and pub directory.

c ) Execute permission of bin/magento.

To do this, go to your Application Management and click on Reset Permission under Application Settings.

Reset Permission

Now just launch your website and click on Agree and Setup Magento.

setup magento

Now just follow all these steps.


For database Configuration, you can get all the details from Application Management under Acces Detail.

database config

After a successful Magento 2 installation on your Cloudways server using composer, this is how your Magento 2 Frontend and Backend should look like.

Magento 2 Installation

Magento 2 Admin Login

admin page

Note: If you have installed Magento 2 using composer and want to configure Varnish on it, then follow this tutorial How To Setup Magento 2 With Varnish.

There you have it!

Your very own Magento 2 store is now ready for customizations! Add products and improvise according to the holiday season to reap the benefits that Cloudways Managed Magento hosting on Cloud has on offer!

Recommendation: I will recommend you to install Magento using 1-click installer as Cloudways offers 1-click installation for Magento 2. The installation is powered by a very high performance stack that is further supported by cache technologies including Varnish and Redis.

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Fayyaz Khattak

Fayyaz is a Magento Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed Magento Hosting Platform. His objective is to learn & share about PHP & Magento Development in Community. Fayyaz is a food lover and enjoys driving. You can email him at

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