How to Install CS-Cart with Apache on Ubuntu Linux

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This article describes the steps to install CS-Cart on Ubuntu Linux with Apache support.

CS-Cart is a powerful eCommerce platform for online sellers to sell and manage their product inventories. It has all you need to create and manage an online store with its powerful product management modules.

You’ll find CS-Cart useful if you’re looking for a high-performance, SEO-friendly eCommerce CMS platform.

This post covers installing the latest version of CS-Cart, which at the time of writing is version 4.7.4.

How to install CS-Cart on Ubuntu Linux with Apache support

As described above, CS-Cart is a powerful eCommerce platform for online sellers to sell and manage their product inventories. It has all you need to create and manage an online store with its powerful product management modules.

Below is how to install it on Ubuntu Linux with Apache support.

Install Apache2

CS-Cart requires a webserver to function; the most popular web server in use today is Apache2. So, go and install Apache2 on Ubuntu by running the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apache2

Next, run the commands below to stop, start and enable the Apache2 service to always start up with the server boots.

sudo systemctl stop apache2.service
sudo systemctl start apache2.service
sudo systemctl enable apache2.service

Install MariaDB

CS-Cart 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 MariaDB, the commands below can stop, start and enable the MariaDB service to 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 the 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 mariadb.service

Install PHP and Related Modules

PHP 7.2 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories. 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 7.2

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 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-sqlite3 php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-mysql php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip

After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open the PHP default config file for Apache2.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini

Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below is an excellent setting to apply in your environment.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
short_open_tag = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

After making the change above, please save the file and close it.

Create CS-Cart Database

Now that you’ve installed all the required packages continue below to start configuring the servers. First, run the commands below to create the CS-Cart database.

Run the commands below to log on 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 cscart


Create a database user called cscartuser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON cscart.* TO 'cscartuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Download CS-Cart Latest Release

Next, visit the CS-Cart site and register for a free account. You must register before you’re allowed to download a copy.

After downloading, run the commands below to extract the download file into the Apache2 root directory.

sudo mkdir /var/www/html/cscart
sudo unzip -d /var/www/html/cscart

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for CS-Cart to function.

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

Configure Apache2

Finally, configure the Apahce2 site configuration file for CS-Cart. This file will control how users access CS-Cart content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called start. conf

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/cscart.conf

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save it. Replace the highlighted line with your domain name and directory root location.

<VirtualHost *:80>
     DocumentRoot /var/www/html/cscart/

     <Directory /var/www/html/cscart/>
        Options FollowSymlinks
        AllowOverride All
        Order allow,deny
        allow from all

     ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
     CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined


Save the file and exit.

Enable the CS-Cart

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

sudo a2ensite cscart.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite

Restart Apache2 by running the commands below to load all the settings above.

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name, followed by Install. You should see the CS-Cart setup wizard complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.
CS-Cart Ubuntu install

Then enter the database information as well as the site administrator login credentials, then click Install.

C-Cart Ubuntu setup

Wait, and CS-Cart should install successfully. Then, log in and begin using your program.

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