How to install Collabtive 3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04

How to install Collabtive 3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04

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In this tutorial, we will show how to install Collabtive 3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04. Collabtive is an open source web-based project management software written in PHP, that let you keep track of your projects. The main features of Collabtive are: task lists, milestones, time tracking, messaging / instant messaging, file management, role-based user permissions, reporting, exporting, calendaring and multilingual interface. This tutorial was tested and written for Ubuntu 16.04, but it should work on any Linux distribution. The entire process of installing Collabtive 3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04, should not take more than 10 minutes.

1. Install Apache, PHP and MySQL

This install guide assumes that Apache, PHP and MySQL are already installed and configured on your Collabtive virtual server. At the time of writing this tutorial, the latest stable version of Collabtive 3.1 and it requires:

  • PHP 5.5 or PHP 7 with the mbstring and mysql (or sqlite) PHP extensions enabled.
  • Apache Web Server >= 2.0 compiled with mod_rewrite module and with the following directives allowed: DirectoryIndex, Deny, Allow, Options, Order, AddHandler, RewriteEngine, RewriteBase, RewriteCond and RewriteRule.
  • MySQL, MariaDB or SQLite installed on your server.

2. Install Collabtive

Download the latest version of Collabtive , then extract it using the following commands:

cd /opt
wget -O
unzip -d /var/www/html/collabtive/

3. Set up file ownership

The web server user (www-data) needs to be able to write to ‘config.php’ file, ‘files’ and ‘templates_c’ directories. It can easily be accomplished by executing the following commands:

sudo chown www-data:www-data -R /var/www/html/collabtive/
sudo chmod +w  /var/www/html/collabtive/config/standard/config.php
sudo chmod +w  /var/www/html/collabtive/files
sudo chmod +w  /var/www/html/collabtive/templates_c

4. Create virtual host

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘collabtive.conf’ on your virtual server:

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/collabtive.conf

5. Create a symbolic link

ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/collabtive.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/collabtive.conf

Or, use the a2ensite to enable the ‘collabtive.conf’ configuration in Apache:

sudo a2ensite collabtive.conf

6. Configure collabtive.conf file

Edit the ‘collabtive.conf’ Apache configuration file:

vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/collabtive.conf

add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/collabtive/
<Directory /var/www/html/collabtive/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

7. Restart Apache web server

Restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect:

service apache2 restart

8. Create new database and assign user with permissions

Create a new MySQL database for Collabtive to use and assign a user to it with full permissions:

mysql -u root -p
mysql> CREATE DATABASE collabtivedb;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON collabtivedb.* TO 'collabtiveuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
mysql> quit

9. Continue with the installation via web installer

Open your favorite web browser and navigate to page. Once you do that, you will be taken to the first page of the Collabtive web installer. Choose the installer language, check if all of the system requirements are met, select MySQL as database driver, set MySQL database host, database name, database username and database password, then click to pursue the installation. On the next page, create an administrator user and set its password.

For security reason, it is recommended to delete ‘install.php’ and ‘update.php’ files from the server:

rm /var/www/html/collabtive/install.php
rm /var/www/html/collabtive/update.php

That is it. The Collabtive installation is now complete.

Log in to the Administrator back-end area at to configure Collabtive according to your needs, extend the functionality of your installation with plugins etc.

installing Collabtive 3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04

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5 thoughts on “How to install Collabtive 3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04

  1. nice, but does not work for me, I installed on Ubuntu 18.4 LTS and after calling install.php it says only “Requested to use sqlite, which is not enabled!”. But i installed a mysql 5.7.25. Whats wrong ?

    1. edit file install.php in line 23,
      old value $db_driver = “sqlite”; to $db_driver = “mysql”;

      1. hi, when i change from sqlite to mysql in db_driver but now i get this message “You must set db_name and db_user in /config/standard/config.php to use mysql, or set db_driver to “sqlite” to use an SQLite database!”

        1. Please make sure, to create a user and database and assign the user permissions. Once you do this, you can use the credentials in the configuration file.

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