Install DuckSell on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 with Apache2

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install DuckSell eCommerce platform on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04.

DuckSell is a free software platform built Laravel framework for anyone who wants to sell their digital products on their own website by delivering them securely to your customers.

With DuckSell, you can sell various types of digital downloads, for example: pdf, ebook, software, template, photo, music, video, audio, mp3 etc. DuckSell script automatically generates unique, secure download URL for every purchase made on the site..

If you’re looking for a functional, high performance software to sell your digital products via your online stores, you’ll find DuckSell to be useful. It can help you create and manage your content and products efficiently on every device with its minimalist and modern user and admin interface.

For more about DuckSell, please check its homepage

To get started with installing DuckSell, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server

DuckSell requires a web server and Apache2 HTTP server is the most popular open source web server available today… To install Apache2 server, run the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apache2

After installing Apache2, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Apache2 service to always start up with the server boots…

sudo systemctl stop apache2.service
sudo systemctl start apache2.service
sudo systemctl enable apache2.service

Now that Apache2 is installed…. to test whether the web server is working, open your browser and browse to the URL below…

http://localhost
Apache2 Test Page

If you see the page above, then Apache2 is successfully installed…

Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server

DuckSell also requires a database server to store its content… If you’re looking for a truly open source database server, then MariaDB is a great place to start… To install MariaDB run the commands below:

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

After installing MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots…

Run these on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mysql.service
sudo systemctl start mysql.service
sudo systemctl enable mysql.service

Run these on Ubuntu 18.10 and 18.04 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service
sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service

Next, run the commands below to secure the database server with a root password if you were not prompted to do so during the installation…

sudo mysql_secure_installation

When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: Enter password
  • Re-enter new password: Repeat password
  • Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
  • Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
  • Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]:  Y
  • Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]:  Y

Now that MariaDB is installed, to test whether the database server was successfully installed, run the commands below…

sudo mysql -u root -p

type the root password when prompted…

mariadb welcome

If you see a similar screen as shown above, then the server was successfully installed…

Step 3: Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules

DuckSell is a PHP based CMS and PHP is required… However, PHP 7.2 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories… To run PHP 7.2 on Ubuntu 16.04 and previous, you may need to run the commands below:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-mysql php7.2-gmp php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-gd php7.2-bcmath php7.2-imap php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip

After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP default configuration file for Apache2…

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini

The lines below is a good settings for most PHP based CMS… Update the configuration file with these and save….

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
short_open_tag = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

Everytime you make changes to PHP configuration file, you should also restart Apache2 web server… To do so, run the commands below:

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Now that PHP is installed, to test whether it’s functioning, create a test file called phpinfo.php in Apache2 default root directory…. ( /var/www/html/)

sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Then type the content below and save the file.

<?php phpinfo( ); ?>

Next, open your browser and browse to the server’s hostname or IP address followed by phpinfo.php

http://localhost/phpinfo.php

You should see PHP default test page…

PHP Test Page

Step 4: Create DuckSell Database

Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for DuckSell to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create a blank DuckSell database.

To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called ducksell

CREATE DATABASE ducksell;

Create a database user called duckselluser with a new password

CREATE USER 'duckselluser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON ducksell.* TO 'duckselluser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Step 5: Download DuckSell Latest Release

To get DuckSell latest release you may want to use Github repository… Install git tool to download DuckSell packages…..

sudo apt install git curl
curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | sudo php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer

After installing curl above, change into the Apache2 root directory and download DuckSell packages from Github…

cd /var/www/
sudo git clone https://github.com/interactive32/ducksell.git

Next, run the commands below to import the database file into the new database created above..

sudo mysql -u root -p ducksell < /var/www/ducksell/database/database.sql

After that, create an environment file, then edit the database info

sudo mv /var/www/ducksell/inc/.env-sample /var/www/ducksell/inc/.env

Then edit the lines below and save.

sudo nano /var/www/ducksell/inc/.env

Edit the highlighted lines

APP_VERSION=3.0
APP_ENV=local
APP_DEBUG=true
APP_KEY=TyIr7KaB7D7EaCR34JnvY5d2ZbIgiUu0
APP_TIMEZONE=UTC

DB_HOST=localhost
DB_DATABASE=ducksell
DB_USERNAME=duckselluser
DB_PASSWORD=enter_password_here

LOAD_PLUGINS=true

CACHE_DRIVER=file
SESSION_DRIVER=database
QUEUE_DRIVER=sync

Save and exit

Next, change into DuckSell root folder and run composer to install Laravel and all dependencies..

cd /var/www/ducksell/inc
sudo composer install

After that, run the commands below to set the correct permissions for DuckSell root directory and give Apache2 control….

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/ducksell/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/ducksell/

Step 6: Configure Apache2

Finally, configure Apahce2 site configuration file for DuckSell. This file will control how users access Bagisto content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called ducksell.conf

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/ducksell.conf

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save it. Replace the highlighted line with your own domain name and directory root location.

<VirtualHost *:80>
     ServerAdmin admin@example.com
     DocumentRoot /var/www/ducksell
     ServerName example.com
     ServerAlias www.example.com

     <Directory /var/www/ducksell/>
          Options FollowSymlinks
          AllowOverride All
          Require all granted
     </Directory>

     ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
     CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
</VirtualHost>

Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the DuckSell and Rewrite Module

After configuring the VirtualHost above, enable it by running the commands below

sudo a2ensite ducksell.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see DuckSell login page.

http://example.com/
DuckSell Ubuntu Install

How to log in as admin:

http(s)://example.com/admin/login

Email: admin@example.com
Password: admin123

DuckSell Ubuntu setup

Congratulation! You have successfully installed DuckSell eCommerce Platform on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04

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