Setup Bagisto on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 with Nginx

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This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Bagisto eCommerce platform on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04.

Our previous tutorial showed you how to install Bagisto eCommerce platform on Ubuntu with Apache2. This how shows you how to run it with Nginx instead.

Bagisto is a free, eCommerce platform built Laravel eCommerce framework for anyone who wants to run an online store.

It has comprehensive product features for small, medium and large businesses that want a platform designed on some of the hottest opensource technologies such as Laravel a PHP framework, Vue.js a progressive JavaScript framework.

If you’re looking for a functional, high performance eCommerce platform to manage your online stores, you’ll find Bagisto to be useful. It can help you create and manage your content and products efficiently on every device with its minimalist and modern user and admin interface.

For more about Bagisto, please check its homepage

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

Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server

Bagisto requires a web server and Nginx HTTP server is the most popular open source web server available today. To install Nginx server, run 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

Now that Nginx is installed. to test whether the web server is working, open your browser and browse to the URL below.


nginx default home page test

If you see the page above, then Nginx is successfully installed.

Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server

Bagisto 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-FPM and Related Modules

Bagisto is a PHP based CMS and PHP is required. However, PHP 7.2-FPM may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories. To run PHP 7.2-FPM 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-FPM

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2-FPM and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.2-fpm 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-imap 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 Nginx.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/fpm/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
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0
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 Nginx web server. To do so, run the commands below:

sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

Step 4: Create Bagisto Database

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

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

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called bagisto


Create a database user called bagistouser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON bagisto.* TO 'bagistouser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Step 5: Install Node.Js

Bagisto requires Node.Js. To install Node.js on Ubuntu from its LTS repository, run the commands below to install:

sudo apt install curl
curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt install nodejs

Step 6: Download Bagisto Latest Release

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

sudo apt install git
curl -sS | sudo php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer

After installing curl above, change into the Nginx root directory and download Bagisto packages from Github.

cd /tmp
sudo mv bagisto-0.1.6/ /var/www/bagisto

Next, change into Bagisto root folder and run composer to install require packages.

cd /var/www/bagisto
sudo composer install

After that, run the commands below to set the correct permissions for Bagisto root directory and give Nginx control.

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

Step 7: Configure Nginx

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

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

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/bagisto;
    index  index.php;
    access_log /var/log/nginx/;
    error_log /var/log/nginx/;

    client_max_body_size 100M;
    autoindex off;

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

    location ~ \.php$ {
         include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
         fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
         include fastcgi_params;
         fastcgi_intercept_errors on;

Save the file and exit.

Step 8: Enable the Bagisto and Rewrite Module

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

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

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

Then follow the on-screen instruction. Make sure all requirements are met and continue.

Bagisto eCommerce Ubuntu

Next, enter the database name, username and password you created above and continue

Bagisto eCommerce Ubuntu

After that, Migrate and Seed to set up your environment

Bagisto eCommerce Ubuntu

When done, create and admin account and complete the setup

Bagisto eCommerce Ubuntu

That should do it!

After installing, logon to the backend using the admin account below:

How to log in as admin:


Password: admin123

Bagisto Ubuntu Install

Congratulation! You have successfully installed Bagisto eCommerce Platform on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10.

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  1. This post needs to update as there are many mistakes. Example,
    1. didn’t mention how to install and configure composer;

    1. Thanks,
      I do see command to download Composer above.

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