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 then 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 https://sourceforge.net/projects/collabtive/files/latest/download -O collabtive.zip unzip collabtive.zip -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:
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:
add the following lines:
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log 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> FLUSH PRIVILEGES; mysql> quit
9. Continue with the installation via web installer
Open your favorite web browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com/install.php 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 http://your-domain.com to configure Collabtive according to your needs, extend the functionality of your installation with plugins etc.
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