Caligrafy is a modern full stack Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework that was built from the ground up to bridge the power of server-side languages like PHP with the sophistication of client-side languages like Javascript.

Caligrafy provides easy and elegant ways for enthusiasts to build powerful web applications using cutting-edge Web capabilities.

This application creates a turn-key environment to run and deploy applications built with the Caligrafy Quill Framework

Software Included

Package Version License
PHP 8.1.7
Composer 2.4.1
Node 18.7
NPM 8.18
Docker 20.10
Docker-Compose 1.29.2

Creating an App using the Control Panel

Click the Deploy to DigitalOcean button to create a Droplet based on this 1-Click App. If you aren’t logged in, this link will prompt you to log in with your DigitalOcean account.

Deploy to DO

Creating an App using the API

In addition to creating a Droplet from the Caligrafy 1-Click App using the control panel, you can also use the DigitalOcean API. As an example, to create a 4GB Caligrafy Droplet in the SFO2 region, you can use the following curl command. You need to either save your API access token) to an environment variable or substitute it in the command below.

curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
         -H 'Authorization: Bearer '$TOKEN'' -d \
        '{"name":"choose_a_name","region":"sfo2","size":"s-2vcpu-4gb","image": "caligrafybypostc-caligrafy"}' \

Getting Started After Deploying Caligrafy

Upon activation of your droplet, you can immediately start using the Caligrafy Quill framework:

  • Connect to your droplet command line using ssh root@your_droplet_public_ipv4 or the web terminal provided by DigitalOcean
  • Type “cd www/caligrafy-quill”
  • To start the Caligrafy Quill server, type “.bin/caligrafer server start”. This starts the server and you can access the out-of-the-box Caligrafy application at http://your_droplet_ipv4:8080 and the out-of-the-box Caligrafy mysql database at http://your_droplet_ipv4:8077
  • All the features are described in the Caligrafy documentation. Visit the documentation on