How to Install Magento 2 via Composer and Command Line (CLI) ?

For installing Magento 2 you can follow the Manual method or by using the Composer and command line to for manual method just download Magento2 from the Magento website ( and by uploading on your server you can do it by hitting the url directory in the post/article I am showing how to download and install Magento 2 through command line interface. To do so we will use Composer to download Magento 2 from Magento repository. its very simple just follow the steps given below:

Step 1 : Need to check and verify the System Requirements

Before starting Magento 2 installation and setup we must need to check the Server and System requirement, that means we have the proper PHP, Apache and Database and our system is compatible to the Magento 2, please see the more details for Magento 2 system requirements :

Step 2 : In this step we will Install Composer

If all good and all the system requirement meets to the Magento 2 then we must have the composer installed in your system. You can get composer from : Or you can install composer in Ubuntu/Linux by using the following command:

sudo apt-get install composer

Step 3 : Download Magento via Composer

So we have the System which is compatible to the Magento 2 and Composer is also setup now navigate to the root directory for me using Ubuntu 16.04, the root is at path /var/www/html/. So here I have created a folder named as my project like ewamagento2 and I will download Magento 2 over in this folder, path would be /var/www/html/ewamagento2.

Download Magento 2 CE edition by using Composer:

composer create-project --repository-url= magento/project-community-edition /var/www/html/ewamagento2

it will ask for username and password for like this below:
Authentication required (
Username: Public Key will be your username
Password: Private Key will be your password

If you have already your account you can use this to generate the access keys from here:

– Go to
– Login
– After you are logged in, click My Access Keys link
– On My Access Keys page, click on Generate Keys button
– Then, you will see two keys (Public and Private)
– Public Key will be your username
– Private Key will be your password

So latest Magento 2 has been downloaded on the server.

Step 4 : Set proper permission to the folders and file:

We need to set write permissions to vendor, app/etc, pub/static, pub/media, and var directories. We can set the permission to these folders with the following command:

cd /var/www/html/ewamagento2 && find var vendor pub/static pub/media app/etc -type f -exec chmod g+w {} \; && find var vendor pub/static pub/media app/etc -type d -exec chmod g+w {} \; && chmod u+x bin/magento

Step 5 : Now navigate to the Magento 2 directory and run this commands below:

php bin/magento setup:install \
--base-url= \ \
--db-name=ewa-magento \
--db-user=root \
--backend-frontname=Admin \
--admin-firstname=EWA \
--admin-lastname=Admin \ \
--admin-user=admin \
--admin-password=admin@123 \
--language=en_US \
--currency=USD \
--timezone=America/Chicago \

Just run this commands on the server and this will install the Magento 2 on server.

After successful installation, you will get message like this:
[SUCCESS]: Magento installation complete.
[SUCCESS]: Magento Admin URI: /admin_1cxab70d

So, in this case, Magento 2 admin URL is So, in this case, our Magento 2 admin URL is

Step 6 : Just make sure you have given the write permission to pub and var directory if you get cache write permission error, below is the command to do so.

sudo chmod -R 777 pub var

Now all set and you have done with the Magento 2 installation via Composer and Command Line (CLI). Stay tuned for the Magento 2 latest tutorial and updates, Hope you enjoyed reading, if you need the professional Magento 2 Development / PHP we can help you, just Click on the Link and send me your requirements.