Install inoERP on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 with Apache2, MariaDB and PHP 7.2

inoERP is an open source, PHP-based, simple and intuitive Enterprise Resource Management Platform (ERP) for businesses and individuals who want to manage their customers, invoices, orders, products, inventories and more… It also includes human resources and accounting components to help manage the business employees and finances….

inoERP is one of the best open source ERP / CRM management software to run your company…. used by thousands of businesses worldwide to manage their CRM and ERP processes… It contains all the functionalities required for running any manufacturing, service or distribution organization…

inoERP is a good place to start when you’re looking for an enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management solutions… this open source ERP/CRM software is built on the LAMP / LEMP stack… and offer features that help you run your business and collaborate with your customers and employees…

For more about inoERP, please check its homepage….

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install inoERP on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 LTS…..

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

Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server

inoERP 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

inoERP 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

inoERP 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-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 inoERP Database

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

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

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called inoerp

CREATE DATABASE inoerp;

Create a database user called inoerpuser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON inoerp.* TO 'inoerpuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Step 5: Download inoERP Latest Release

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

sudo apt install git

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

cd /var/www/html
sudo git clone https://github.com/inoerp/inoERP.git

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for inoERP root directory and give Apache2 control….

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/inoERP/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/inoERP/

Step 6: Configure Apache2

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

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/inoERP.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/html/inoERP/inoerp/www
     ServerName example.com
     ServerAlias www.example.com

     <Directory /var/www/html/inoERP/inoerp/www/>
          Options FollowSymlinks
          AllowOverride All
          Require all granted
     </Directory>

     ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
     CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
    
     <Directory /var/www/html/inoERP/inoerp/www/>
            RewriteEngine on
            RewriteBase /
            RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
            RewriteRule ^(.*) index.php [PT,L]
    </Directory>
</VirtualHost>

Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the inoERP and Rewrite Module

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

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

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see inoERP setup wizard to complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.

http://example.com/install.php

Then follow the on-screen instruction… Validate that all the PHP requirements are met… then continue

inoERP Ubuntu Install

Next, type the database connection info you created above and continue…

inoERP Ubuntu Install

After that, select the system you want to install…

inoERP Ubuntu Install

After a brief moment, inoERP should be installed and ready to use…

inoERP Ubuntu Install

Logon to the backend using the username and password below:

Username: inoerp
Password: inoerp

inoERP Ubuntu Install

Enjoy~

Congratulation! You have successfully installed inoERP on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10….

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