Setup PIMCore on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10 with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.2-FPM

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Those who want to run PIMCore with Nginx HTTP server and PHP 7.2-FPM on Ubuntu, the steps below should be a great place to start. Our previous tutorial showed you how to do it with Apache2.

PIMCore is an ultimate digital content platform for enterprises. The below steps show students and new users how to get it installed on Ubuntu.

If you’re looking for 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 for your business.

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.

For more about PIMCore, please check its homepage

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 7.2-FPM support.

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

Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server

PIMCore requires a web server and Nginx HTTP server is probably the second 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

PIMCore 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.

Next, run the commands below to open MariaDB default config file…

sudo nano /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/50-server.cnf

Then add the lines below and save…

innodb_file_format = Barracuda
innodb_large_prefix = 1
innodb_file_per_table = 1
innodb_default_row_format = dynamic

Restart MariaDB after that…

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 and Related Modules

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

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 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-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
memory_limit = 256M
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0
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

Now that PHP is installed, to test whether it’s functioning, create a test file called phpinfo.php in Nginx default root directory. ( /var/www/html/)

sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Then type the content below and save the file.

<?php phpinfo( ); ?>

Next, open your browser and browse to the server’s hostname or IP address followed by phpinfo.php


You should see PHP default test page.

PHP Test Page

Step 4: Create PIMCore Database

Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for PIMCore to function, 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 pimcore


Create a database user called pimcoreuser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

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

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Step 5: Download PIMCore Latest Release

To get PIMCore latest release you may want to use Github repository. Install Composer, Curl and other dependencies to get started.

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

After installing curl and Composer above, change into the Nginx root directory and download PIMCore packages from Github. There are four ( 4 ) installation packages available. Below, choose any one of them:

a. Skeleton Package (Barebone) 

cd /var/www/html/
sudo COMPOSER_MEMORY_LIMIT=3G composer create-project pimcore/skeleton pimcore
cd /var/www/html/pimcore
sudo ./vendor/bin/pimcore-install

b. Basic with Demo Package

cd /var/www/html/
sudo COMPOSER_MEMORY_LIMIT=3G composer create-project pimcore/demo-basic pimcore
cd /var/www/html/pimcore
sudo ./vendor/bin/pimcore-install

c. Basic with Demo Package (Twig Templates)

cd /var/www/html/
sudo COMPOSER_MEMORY_LIMIT=3G composer create-project pimcore/demo-basic-twig pimcore
cd /var/www/html/pimcore
sudo ./vendor/bin/pimcore-install

d. Advanced with Full Package

cd /var/www/html/
sudo COMPOSER_MEMORY_LIMIT=-1 composer create-project pimcore/demo-ecommerce pimcore
cd /var/www/html/pimcore
sudo ./vendor/bin/pimcore-install

When you run the install script, you’ll be prompted to create an admin account, and to specify the database connection into. Enter them and complete the setup.

Admin Username: admin
Admin password (input will be hidden):
MySQL username: pimcoreuser
MySQL password (input will be hidden):
MySQL database:  pimcore
This will install Pimcore with the given settings. Do you want to continue? (yes/no) [yes]:

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for PIMCore root directory and give Nginx control.

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/web;
    index  index.php index.html index.htm;

     client_max_body_size 100M;

     autoindex off;

     location ~* /var/assets/.*\.php(/|$) {
        return 404;

     location ~* ^/admin/(adminer|external) {
        rewrite .* /app.php$is_args$args last;
     location / {
        try_files $uri /app.php$is_args$args;

    location ~ ^/app\.php(/|$) {
         include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
         fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
         fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
         include fastcgi_params;

Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the PIMCore

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

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

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see PIMCore Hompage.
PIMCore Ubuntu install


Congratulation! You have successfully installed PIMCore CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10.

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  1. Visiting the phpinfo file in the browser seems to download the file rather than run it. Could you update your tutorial please. Tried it 3 times now and its the same every time.

    1. Same here 🙁

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