Install WebERP on Ubuntu 17.04 / 17.10 with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP

WebERP is a popular and widely used open source accounting and business management system based on PHP. It has everything you need to create and manage your business from distribution and manufacturing to Point of Sale (POS) and web store.

If you’re looking for a functional, high performance platform to manage things like purchase order, web store, manufacturing, sales, general ledger, shipping you’ll find WebERP to be useful. This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install WebERP on Ubuntu 17.04 / 17.10 with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP support.

This post covers installing the latest version of WebERP, which at the time of writing was at version 4.14.1.

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

Step 1: Install Nginx

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

sudo apt 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

WebERP 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 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-FPM and Related Modules

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

sudo apt 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

Step 4: Create WebERP 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 WebERP 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 weberp

CREATE DATABASE weberp;

Create a database user called magentouser with new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON weberp.* TO 'weberpuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Step 5: Download WebERP Latest Release

Next, visit WebERP site and download the latest version of the software by follow the commands below and extracting it.

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

cd /tmp && wget https://excellmedia.dl.sourceforge.net/project/web-erp/webERP4.14.1.zip
unzip webERP4.14.1.zip
sudo mv webERP /var/www/html/weberp

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

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

Step 6: Configure Nginx

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

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

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/weberp;
    index  index.php index.html index.htm;
    server_name  example.com www.example.com;

    location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ =404;        
    }

    location ~ [^/]\.php(/|$) {
    fastcgi_split_path_info  ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
    fastcgi_index            index.php;
    fastcgi_pass             unix:/var/run/php/php7.1-fpm.sock; # Ubuntu 17.10
#   fastcgi_pass             unix:/var/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock; # Ubuntu 17.04
    include                  fastcgi_params;
    fastcgi_param   PATH_INFO       $fastcgi_path_info;
    fastcgi_param   SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
    }

}

Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the WebERP and Rewrite Module

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

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

Step 8 : Restart Apache2

To load all the settings above, restart Apache2 by running the commands below.

sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

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

http://example.com

weberp ubuntu

Then type the database connection info and continue

Finally, click Install to complete the installation wizard

Enjoy!

Congratulations! You have successfully installed WebERP on Ubuntu 17.04 / 17.10

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