Luminova Framework

Installation Guides

Last updated: 2024-05-14 00:58:05

Whether you're new to the framework or a seasoned developer, getting started with Luminova is a breeze. In this guide, we'll walk you through the installation process

For easy maintenance and keeping Luminova up to date, it's recommended to install it using Composer, although manual download is also possible. Composer ensures that you have the latest version of the framework and its dependencies.

Composer Installation

Installing via Composer is recommended to keeps Framework up to date easily.

composer create-project luminovang/luminova my-project

Git Installation

Installing via git command.

$ git clone
$ composer install
$ composer test

Manual Download

Download the framework project and extract it as zip in your project directory.

Latest VersionYou can manually download the latest version of Luminova framework from official website, by simply Download Framework and extract to your local host directory and lunch in browser to start using Luminova.


If you choose to download manually from GitHub, here are the steps to follow.

  1. First you will need to Download Framework Scaffolding and extract the zip to your project directory.
  2. Then you will need to Download Framework Codes and extract in a separate directory, then navigate to src directory, copy all the files and folders except for plugins directory, to the framework scaffolding system directory.
  3. Now set your hostname and application name in env file.
  4. Open your project localhost url (e.g. http://localhost/project-path), in a browser.

Server Configuration

Let's start by creating the first website using the Luminova framework.

The first thing to do is configure your web server to use a custom document root which should be the path to framework controller and other browser accessible files. e.g: /path/to/your/project/public.

Assuming your existing document root is /var/www/public_html now you have to change it to /var/www/project/public or /var/www/public_html/public. The project or public_html directory will serve as your private document root where the framework files will be located which is not accessible from web browsers, while the public will be accessible in browser.

VirtualHost Samples

An example configuration of a virtual host file may look like below depending on your server configuration.


Apache VirtualHost configuration example.

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot "/var/www/public_html/public"
    ErrorLog     "/var/www/public_html/error_log"
    CustomLog    "/var/www/public_html/access_log" common
    <Directory "/var/www/public_html/public">
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted


Nginx VirtualHost configuration example.

server {
    listen 80;
    root /var/www/;
    access_log /var/www/;
    error_log /var/www/;
    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;
    location ~ \.php$ {
        include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.4-fpm.sock;
    location ~ /\.ht {
        deny all;

Project Structure

The above configuration assumes the project folder is located as follows:

            └── public_html/                 (Framework Document Root)
                ├── app/
                │    └── Controllers/        (Controllers for handling application logic)
                ├── public/                  (Document Root)
                │       ├── index.php        (Front Controller)
                │       └── assets/          (Static Assets)
                ├── libraries/
                │       └── libs/            (Custom libraries)
                ├── system/                  (Luminova Framework Classes)
                │       └── plugins/         (Third-party libraries or plugins)
                ├── resources/
                │       └── views/           (Resource View Templates Files)
                └── writeable/               (Writable Directory)
                        ├── log/             (Error Logs)
                        ├── storages/        (Private Storage Directory)
                        └── caches/          (Cache Directory)

IMPORTANTMake sure you set the required permissions for public directory to be accessible in browsers.

Build Project

To package your application for publishing, you can use the Novakit command to archive the project files required for production. Run the following command in a CLI tool:

php novakit build:project --type zip

After configuring the document root and archiving your project files, proceed to upload the latest version of your project, located in the /builds/v-{*.*} folder, to your production server. You can upload it to either the /user/var/www/public_html/ or /user/var/www/ directory, depending on your setup."