Install the Yii2 framework in Raspberry Pi3 via Pantacor Hub

This tutorial describes how to use the Yii framework with Pantavisor and share it on our firmware and app sharing and management platform Pantacor Hub. You’ll first download Pantavisor onto your device, and then you’ll download the Yii framework. Pantavisor converts regular Docker containers into LXC containers so that they can run on the device.

Prepare your RPI3 device with Pantavisor to deploy Yii2 by following 6 Steps: 

1. Burn the RPI3 initial stable image into your sd card.

Download the Pantavisor image for RPI3: 

Click to download:

unxz the device image with: 

$ unxz rpi3_initial_stable.img.xz

Burn the image into SD card using Raspberry Pi Imager 1.2: 


2. Boot the RPI3.

Insert the sd card and supply the power:


3. Sign up for a Pantacor Hub account.

4. Download and install the Pantavisor CLI utilities pvr

The pvr are CLI utilities that interact with your device and the Pantacor Hub platform. With pvr you can share containerized firmware and other projects. After you’ve downloaded the binary, move it to your bin folder. See Pantacor Docs for more information.

pvr clone; pvr commit; pvr post

5. Detect and claim your device

Connect a LAN cable between your RPI3 and your computer or router.


Open the terminal and scan the device with:

$ pvr scan

Claim your device: 

$ pvr claim -c merely-regular-gorilla

Log into Pantacor Hub and check for the newly claimed device in the dashboard.

6. Clone the device to your computer using the device clone URL found in the dashboard.

$ pvr clone presently_learning_pelican

Now your device is ready to deploy your Yii2 app

Deploy the Yii2 app to the device

1. Move to the device root dir: 

$ cd presently_learning_pelican

2. Add a new app “yii2” into the device

sirinibin/yii2-basic-arm32v7:latest is a Docker image created for devices with an ARM32 architecture.

You can also customize the Docker image for your custom Yii2 app.

$ pvr app add yii2 --from=sirinibin/yii2-basic-arm32v7:latest

3. Deploy the changes to the device with: 

$ pvr add .
$ pvr commit
$ pvr post

4. Check the device status changes in dashboard & wait for the status to become “DONE”

Status 1:

Status 2:

Status 3:

Status 4:

5. Verify the “yii2” deployment

Access the device IP: in your web browser.

You are done!