Development CLI

Posted February 16, 2021 by Steve Blamey ‐ 2 min read

Set up a development environment using the Development command line interface

The uzERP development CLI provides an easy way to get a local ERP development or demo environment up and running quickly.


  • Runs uzERP and associated software in containers
  • Uses podman to run containers in a pod, where they communicate on localhost
  • Provides convenience commands:
    • Set a local IP for Xdebug to connect back to when debugging PHP
    • Create and execute phinx migrations in the uzERP container
    • Run Composer install and update inside the uzERP container

Installation and Set-up


The uzERP dev CLI uses podman to run the required containers. On Fedora podman is in the yum repos, simply dnf install podman.

On Ubuntu 20.04, podman can be installed from the repos maintained by Kubic:

$ . /etc/os-release

$ sudo sh -c "echo 'deb${VERSION_ID}/ /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/devel:kubic:libcontainers:stable.list"

$ curl -L${VERSION_ID}/Release.key | sudo apt-key add -

$ sudo apt-get update -qq

$ sudo apt install podman fuse-overlayfs

uzERP Development Commandline

Before installing this package, install some additional requirements:

  • pip, used to install python packages
  • git, required to get the uzERP source code
  • npm, needed to build uzERP front-end assets
$ sudo apt install python3-pip git npm

On Ubuntu 20.04, edit your .bashrc file to ensure that the path for user-binaries is set by appending the following:

export PATH="$(systemd-path user-binaries):$PATH"

Close the terminal session and start a new one, then install the CLI package:

$ pip3 install --user

Set-up uzERP

Download the uzERP source:

$ cd ~/
$ git clone

Start uzERP. This will create configuration files and data directories, create the container pod and bootstrap the databases.

$ cd uzerp
$ uzerp up

Install PHP dependencies, build the frontend assets and prepare a uzERP config file.

$ uzerp composer install
$ npm install
$ npm run gulp
$ cp conf/config-example.php conf/config.php

Edit config.php. Change database name to ‘uzerp’ and host to ‘localhost’.

Set an ACL on the data dirs, so that www-data inside the container can create directories/files:

$ setfacl -R -m "u:100032:rwx" ~/uzerp/data

Browse to http://localhost:8080 and log in to uzERP with the default password username and password admin/admin

CLI Commands

For help on available commands, use the help facility:

$ uzerp --help

Tips and Tricks

See a list of the running containers:

$ podman ps

Inspect the postgresql log:

$ podman log uzerp-postgres