Install SuiteCRM on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10 with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP

SuiteCRM is an open source alternative to the popular customer relationship management (CRM) software, SugarCRM. SuiteCRM became popular when SugarCRM decided to stop development of its open source version of their popular application.

Now, SuiteCRM continues to innovate and extend its software.. and if you’re looking for a functional, high performance CRM platform to interact with your customers, you’ll find it in SuiteCRM. This brief tutorial is going to show you how to install SuiteCRM on Ubuntu with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP support.

This post covers installing the latest version of SuiteCRM, which at the time of writing was at version 7.9.6.

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

Step 1: Install Nginx

SuiteCRM requires a webserver to function and the most popular webserver in use today is Apache2. So, go and install Nginx on Ubuntu by running the commands below:

sudo apt-get install nginx

Next, run the commands below 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

SuiteCRM also requires a database server to function.. 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 mariadb.service
sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
sudo systemctl enable mariadb.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 mariadb.service

Step 3: Install PHP and Related Modules

SuiteCRM also requires PHP to function. To install PHP and related modules run the commands below

sudo apt-get install php-fpm php-common php-mbstring php-xmlrpc php-soap php-gd php-xml php-intl php-mysql php-cli php-mcrypt php-ldap php-zip php-curl

Open PHP default configuration file and make the below changes.

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

Then edit the below lines to look like this and save the file.

upload_max_filesize = 100
cgi.fix_pathinfo=0
session.save_path = "/var/lib/php/session"

Step 4: Create SuiteCRM 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 SuiteCRM database.

Run the commands below to logon to the database server. When prompted for a password, type the root password you created above.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called suitecrm

CREATE DATABASE suitecrm;

Create a database user called magentouser with new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON suitecrm.* TO 'suitecrmuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Step 5: Download SuiteCRM Latest Release

Next, visit SuiteCRM site and register for a free account. You must register before you’re allowed to download a copy. The community edition is what you’ll want to download.

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

sudo apt-get install git
cd /tmp && git clone https://github.com/salesagility/SuiteCRM.git suitecrm
sudo mv suitecrm /var/www/html/suitecrm/

Change or modify the directory permission to fit Nginx configuration.

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

Step 6: Configure Nginx

Finally, configure Nginx site configuration file for SuiteCRM. This file will control how users access Moodle content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called suitecrm

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

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/suitecrm;
    index  index.php index.html index.htm;
    server_name  mysuitecrm.com www.mysuitecrm.com;

    client_max_body_size 100M;

    location ~ \.php$ {
    try_files           $uri =404;
    fastcgi_index       index.php;
  # fastcgi_pass        unix:/var/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock; # for Ubuntu 17.04
    fastcgi_pass        unix:/var/run/php/php7.1-fpm.sock; # for Ubuntu 17.10
    fastcgi_param   PATH_INFO       $fastcgi_path_info;
    fastcgi_param   SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
    include fastcgi_params;
    }
}

Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the SuiteCRM Site

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

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/suitecrm /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. You should see SuiteCRM setup wizard to complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.

suitecrm ubuntu

Then enter the database information as well as the site administrator login credentials.

suitecrm database setup

Wait and SuiteCRM should install successfully. Login and begin using your program.

Enjoy!

ubuntu suitecrm login

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2 Replies to “Install SuiteCRM on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10 with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP

  1. Very well friends.
    What I mean is that SuiteCRM died for everyone. It will only exist for the bastards who charge $ 120 a year to link to Mautic for linking free software! For all of us who love Mautic’s free code, we have SuiteCRM, a junk that only serves the interest of these outcasts.
    Run away from SuiteCRM, this shit has no integration with Mautic, it’s just wasting precious time.

    And please my friends, a simple solution.

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