Install Pimcore CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.1 Support

When deciding whether to use an enterprise platform that combines Product Information Management (PIM),  Master Data Management (MDM), Content Management (CMS) and eCommerce, then Pimcore is a good place to start… this open source platform based on the Zend Framework might be very useful in helping you run your digital content…

Pimcore, an open-source product information management and master data management application as well as an eCommerce platform is designed for ease of use to allow enterprises and business owners to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with customer…

When looking for an open source, high performance CMS platform for your business, you’ll find Pimcore to be useful. This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Pimcore on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.1 support.

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

Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server

Pimcore needs a web server… and the most popular webserver in use today is Nginx. So, go and install Nginx on Ubuntu by running the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

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

sudo systemctl stop nginx.service
sudo systemctl start nginx.service
sudo systemctl enable nginx.service

Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server

Pimcore also needs a database server.. and MariaDB database server is a great place to start. To install it run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

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

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

After that, run the commands below to secure MariaDB server.

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

Restart MariaDB server

sudo systemctl restart mysql.service

Step 3: Install PHP7.1-FPM and Related Modules

PHP 7.1 isn’t available on Ubuntu default repositories… in order to install it, you will have to get it from third-party repositories.

Run the commands below to add the below third party repository to upgrade to PHP 7.1

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

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.1

sudo apt update

Run the commands below to install PHP 7.1 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.1-fpm php7.1-common php7.1-mbstring php7.1-xmlrpc php7.1-soap php7.1-gd php7.1-xml php7.1-intl php7.1-mysql php7.1-cli php7.1-mcrypt php7.1-ldap php7.1-zip php7.1-curl

After install PHP, run the commands below to open FPM PHP default file.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.1/fpm/php.ini

Then make the change the following lines below in the file and save.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 30
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0
date.timezone = America/Chicago

Step 4: Create Pimcore Database

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

To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called pimcoredb

CREATE DATABASE pimcoredb;

Create a database user called pimcoreuser with new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON pimcoredb.* TO 'pimcoreuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Step 5: Download PimCore Latest Release

Next, visit Pimcore site and download the latest version.

After downloading, run the commands below to extract the download file into Nginx root directory.

cd /tmp && wget https://www.pimcore.org/download/pimcore-latest.zip
sudo mkdir /var/www/html/pimcore
sudo unzip pimcore-latest.zip -d /var/www/html/pimcore

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for Concrete5 to function.

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

Step 6: Configure Nginx

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

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/pimcore

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.

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;
    root /var/www/html/pimcore;
    index  index.php index.html index.htm;
    server_name  example.com www.example.com;

    client_max_body_size 100M;

    set $getassets "";
    if ($uri ~* ^/website/var/assets)   { set $getassets "${getassets}A"; }
    if ($request_method = GET)      { set $getassets "${getassets}B"; }
    if ($getassets = "AB") {
        rewrite ^ $uri$args last;
    }

    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$args;
        index index.php;        
    }

    location ~* ^(/plugins/(?!.*/static).*|^/pimcore/(?!(static|modules/3rdparty)).*|/website/var/(?!tmp|assets|areas)|/modules/(?!.*/static).*|^(vendor|tests|node_modules|phing)/.*|^(bower|package|composer|gulpfile)\.) {
        return 403;
    }

    location ~ \.php$ {
         include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
         fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.1-fpm.sock;
         fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
         include fastcgi_params;
    }
}

Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the Pimcore Site

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

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/pimcore /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Step 8 : Restart Nginx

To load all the settings above, restart Nginx by running the commands below.

sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

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

http://example.com

Then follow the on-screen instructions until you’ve successfully installed Pimcore.

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