Configure Varnish (TM) for PrestaShop

NOTE: The steps below assume that PrestaShop is already running at the root URL of the server, such as at, and that Varnish ™ is enabled. Varnish ™ is disabled by default, but you can enable it by following the instructions in our Varnish ™ guide.

Download the different files used in the example:

Follow the steps below to configure PrestaShop with Varnish ™:

  • Connect to the server via SSH.

  • Back up the original Varnish ™ configuration file:

    $ sudo cp /opt/bitnami/varnish/etc/varnish/default.vcl /opt/bitnami/varnish/etc/varnish/default.vcl.backup
  • Add the PrestaShop-specific Varnish ™ configuration by downloading the corresponding file and copying it to the correct location:

    $ sudo cp prestashop.vcl /opt/bitnami/varnish/etc/varnish/default.vcl
    $ sudo sed -i 's/port\s*=\s*"[^"]*"/port = "80"/g' /opt/bitnami/varnish/etc/varnish/default.vcl

Varnish ™ and PrestaShop are now configured.

IMPORTANT: Varnish ™ is connected to Apache locally so other applications like phpMyAdmin or phpPgAdmin could become public. Find out how to block these applications.

Next, proceed to test and activate the Varnish ™ service as described below:

  • Restart the Varnish ™ service:

    $ sudo /opt/bitnami/ restart varnish
  • Open port 81 in the server firewall. Refer to the FAQ for instructions.

  • Check if the website is being served properly by Varnish ™ on port 81, by browsing to http://SERVER-IP:81.

  • If Varnish ™ is working correctly, switch the Apache and Varnish ™ ports and activate Varnish ™ on port 80:

     $ cd /opt/bitnami
     $ sudo sed -i 's/^\s*Listen .*$/Listen 81/g' apache2/conf/httpd.conf
     $ sudo sed -i 's/\:80/\:81/g' apache2/conf/bitnami/bitnami.conf
     $ sudo sed -i 's/at port.*"/at port 81"/g' apache2/scripts/
     $ sudo sed -i 's/\:80/\:81/g' apps/*/conf/httpd-vhosts.conf
     $ sudo sed -i 's/=80/=81/g' properties.ini
     $ sudo sed -i 's/port\s*=\s*"[^"]*"/port = "81"/g' varnish/etc/varnish/default.vcl
     $ sudo sed -i 's/VARNISH_PORT=.*$/VARNISH_PORT=80/g' varnish/scripts/
  • Restart the services:

    $ sudo /opt/bitnami/ restart
  • Remove the firewall rule added for port 81.

IMPORTANT: Varnish ™ does not cache content if the Apache PageSpeed module is enabled. Find out how to disable this module.

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Last modification April 29, 2019