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How to install SilverStripe CMS on Ubuntu 16.04

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Today, we will show you how to install SilverStripe on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS using the Apache web-server and a MySQL database.

SilverStripe is popular and widely-used open source CMS. It uses the SilverStripe framework (previously Sapphire Framework). Because of the framework, developers can easily customize and extend the CMS and make it their own. With SilverStripe, you can create websites and applications with ease. It has all the features you’d need in a CMS. SilverStripe is a popular choice when looking for an alternative CMS to WordPress. It is fairly easy to install SilverStripe on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS. The installation process should take about 5-10 minutes if you follow the very easy steps described below.


At the time of writing this tutorial, SilverStripe 3.6.1 is the latest stable version available and it requires:

– Apache web server;
– PHP (5.3.3+, <7.2) along with the mbstring, curl, zip, bcmath, xml, tidy, gd and mcrypt extensions. They are most generally active by default on a standard php installation.
– MySQL(version 5.0 or higher) installed on your Linux VPS;

First of all login to your Ubuntu 16.04 VPS via SSH as user root

ssh [email protected]_address

At the very beginning, it is best to start a screen session by executing the following command

screen -U -S sstripe

Update the system:

apt-get update && apt-get -y upgrade

Make sure to always keep your server up to date.

Install MariaDB 10.0

To install MariaDB, run the following command:

apt-get install -y mariadb-server

Next, we need to create a database for our Silverstripe installation.

mysql -uroot -p
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE sstripe;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON sstripe.* TO 'sstripe'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password';
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Do not forget to replace ‘your-password’ with a strong password.

Install Apache2 web server

[user]$ sudo apt-get install apache2

Install PHP and required PHP modules

To install the latest stable version of PHP version 7 and all necessary modules, run:

[user]$ sudo apt-get install php7.0 libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0-mbstring php7.0-curl php7.0-zip php7.0-gd php7.0-mysql php7.0-mcrypt php7.0-bcmath php7.0-xml php7.0-json php7.0-tidy

Enable the Apache2 rewrite module if it is not already done:

[user]$ sudo a2enmod rewrite

In order to activate the new configuration, restart the Apache web server using the following command:

[user]$ sudo service apache2 restart

Download and install SilverStripe

Download and extract the latest version of SilverStripe on your server:

[user]$ sudo cd /opt && wget
[user]$ sudo unzip -d sstripe
[user]$ sudo mv sstripe/ /var/www/html/sstripe

All files have to be readable by the web server, so we need to set a proper ownership

[user]$ sudo chown www-data:www-data -R /var/www/html/sstripe/

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

[user]$ sudo touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/sstripe.conf
[user]$ sudo ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/sstripe.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/sstripe.conf
[user]$ sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/sstripe.conf

Then, add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/sstripe/
<Directory /var/www/html/sstripe/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

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

[user]$ sudo service apache2 restart

Open your favorite web browser, navigate to and if you configured everything correctly the SilverStripe installer should be starting. You should follow the easy instructions on the install screen inserting the necessary information as requested.

That is it. The SilverStripe installation is now complete.

Of course, you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Software Installation services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to install SilverStripe for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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One thought on “How to install SilverStripe CMS on Ubuntu 16.04

  1. Really helpful post – thank you! Two changes you might like to make:
    1. Please don’t use the version number in php software installation commands. If the user already has php7.1 installed, both versions get installed, potentially causing problems.
    2. Mariadb and Apparmor don’t see to play too nicely together in the above installation. As a result I wasn’t able to get Mariadb to start. See and Could you include in your instructions a comment to disable apparmor for Mariadb or to change it from enforce to complain.

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