Install Zurmo CRM on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 / 18.04 with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.1 Support

If you want to run Zurmo CRM with Nginx support, the steps below should be a great place to start… We recently showed you how to run Zurmo with Apache2… Well, this post shows you how to do it with Nginx instead…

Zurmo CRM is an open source Customer Relationship Management (CRM) app for businesses and individuals who want to manage their customers via mobile, social platforms and more… It offers CRM workflow engine and features that are intuitive and easy to configure and setup..

When looking for an enterprise CRM platform for your business, Zurmo is a good place to start… this open source CRM software is built on the LAMP / LEMP stack and offer features that help you run your business and collaborate with your customers.

For a high performance customer relationship management platform, you’ll find Zurmo to be useful in most areas…. This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Zurmo on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.1 support.

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

Step 1: Install Nginx

Zurmo requires a webserver 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

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

Zurmo also requires 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 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 17.10 and 18.04 LTS

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 by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.

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 PHP 7.1-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-FPM

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

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.1-FPM

sudo apt update

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

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

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

sudo nano /etc/php/7.1/nginx/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 = 20M
post_max_size = 20M
max_execution_time = 30
zend.assertions = 0
display_errors = Off
max_input_vars = 1500
date.timezone = America/Chicago

Step 4: Create Zurmo 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 Zurmo 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 zurmocrm

CREATE DATABASE zurmocrm;

Create a database user called zurmouser with new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON zurmocrm.* TO 'zurmouser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Step 5: Download Zurmo Latest Release

Next, visit Zurmo site and download the latest version.

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

cd /tmp && wget http://build.zurmo.com/downloads/zurmo-stable-3.2.4.01254e9117e1.tar.gz
tar -xvzf zurmo-stable-3.2.4.01254e9117e1.tar.gz
sudo mv zurmo /var/www/html/zurmocrm

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

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

Step 6: Configure Nginx

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

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

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

    client_max_body_size 100M;

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

    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;
     }

}

Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the Zurmo

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

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/zurmocrm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

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

http://example.com

Then follow the on-screen instructions until you’ve successfully installed Zurmo CRM…

Zurmo CRM, Ubuntu install

From here, you should confirm all required packages are installed… setup the database connection info and install

Zurmo CRM ubuntu install

If everything is entered correctly, you should have Zurmo CRM installed and ready to use…

Zurmo ubuntu install

Enjoy!

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