How to Install MarketplaceKit with Apache on Ubuntu Linux

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MarketplaceKit is an eCommerce platform for creating online marketplaces, akin to Airbnb or Etsy. It’s built on Laravel Framework and features functionalities such as powerful search, geolocation, direct messaging and multi-language support. This guide walks users through the installation process, highlighting steps to install necessary software on Ubuntu server, configure PHP, MySQL and Apache2 servers,…

MarketplaceKit is an eCommerce platform built on Laravel Framework. It makes developing different server marketplaces to sell your products making bookings, renting spaces online and much easier.

You can build your own Airbnb, eBay, Etsy, or whatever you want with MarketplaceKit!

With its high-quality Progressive Web App features, you will delight your users and customers, improving engagement and thus increasing conversions.

This eCommerce platform is designed for ease of use to allow enterprises and business owners to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with users across multiple devices, including mobile.

For more about MarketplaceKit, please check their Homepage

Some features of this platform include:

  • Powerful search across multiple fields, geolocation, and custom fields
  • Geolocalization for users and listings
  • Frontend listing creation and browsing
  • User profiles
  • Direct messaging between users
  • Multilingual functionality

When you’re ready, follow the steps below:

Install Apache2 HTTP Server on Ubuntu

Apache2 HTTP Server is the most popular web server in use today. Since MarketplaceKit needs it, go and install it on Ubuntu.

To install Apache2 HTTP on the Ubuntu server, run the commands below.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apache2

After installing Apache2, the commands below can be used 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

To test the Apache2 setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address, and you should see the Apache2 default test page as shown below. When you see that, then Apache2 is working as expected.

http://localhost
apache2 ubuntu install

Install MySQL Database Server

A MySQL database server is a great place to start when looking at open-source database servers with MarketplaceKit. To install MySQL run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client

After installing MySQL, the commands below can stop, start and enable MySQL service to start up when the server boots.

Run these on Ubuntu

sudo systemctl stop mysql.service
sudo systemctl start mysql.service
sudo systemctl enable mysql.service

After that, run the commands below to secure the MySQL 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): 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 MySQL server

To test if MySQL is installed, type the commands below to logon to the server.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then type the password you created above to sign on. If successful, you should see MySQL welcome message.

Install PHP 7.2 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-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-mysql php7.2-gd php7.2-pgsql php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-imagick redis php7.2-bcmath php7.2-gmp php7.2-redis 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 save the changes on the following lines below in the file. The value below is an ideal 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.

To restart Apache2, run the commands below

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

To test PHP 7.2 settings with Apache2, create a phpinfo.php file in the Apache2 root directory by running the commands below

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

Then type the content below and save the file.

<?php phpinfo( ); ?>

Save the file. Then browse to your server hostname followed by /phpinfo.php

http://localhost/phpinfo.php

You should see the PHP default test page.

PHP 7.2 ubuntu nginx

Create MarketplaceKit Database

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

To log on to the MySQL database server, run the commands below.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called marketplacekit

CREATE DATABASE marketplacekit;

Create a database user called marketplacekituser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON marketplacekit.* TO 'marketplacekituser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Download and Install MarketplaceKit

To get MarketplaceKit’s latest release, you may use the GitHub repository… Install Composer, Curl, Node.js, and other dependencies to get started…

sudo apt install curl git nodejs npm
curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | sudo php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer

After installing curl and Composer above, change into Nginx document root. Download and extract, then move MarketplaceKit content to the Apache2 root directory… then install from there.

After that, use Composer to install its dependencies.

cd /var/www/
sudo composer create-project marketplacekit/marketplacekit:dev-master marketplacekit

Next, add the database details in the .env file.

sudo nano /var/www/marketplacekit/.env

Then copy and paste the lines below into the file and save.

DB_CONNECTION=mysql
DB_HOST=127.0.0.1
DB_PORT=3306
DB_DATABASE=marketplacekit
DB_USERNAME=marketplacekituser
DB_PASSWORD=password_here

Next, run the commands below to install PHP requirements for MarketplaceKit.

cd /var/www/marketplacekit
sudo php artisan storage:link
sudo php artisan migrate
sudo php artisan db:seed
sudo composer install
sudo npm install

Next, run the commands below to change the root folder permissions.

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

Configure MarketplaceKit Site

Next, configure the Apache2 configuration file for MarketplaceKit. This file will control how users access MarketplaceKit content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called marketplacekit.conf

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/marketplacekit.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>
     ServerAdmin admin@example.com
     DocumentRoot /var/www/marketplacekit/public
     ServerName example.com

     <Directory /var/www/marketplacekit/public/>
          Options FollowSymlinks
          AllowOverride All
          Require all granted
     </Directory>

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

    
</VirtualHost>

Save the file and exit.

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

Enable the MarketplaceKit Site

After configuring the VirtualHost above, please enable it by running the commands below, then restart the Apache2 server.

sudo a2ensite marketplacekit.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Next, open your browser, go to the URL., and continue with the installation.

http://example.com

You should see the MarketplaceKit Home page.

Visit your domain login and change the default password

Default username: admin
Default password: changeme

MarketplaceKit Ubuntu

Congratulations! You have learned how to install the MarketplaceKit Ticketing Platform on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 LTS

Enjoy!

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4 responses to “How to Install MarketplaceKit with Apache on Ubuntu Linux”

  1. David Sz. Avatar
    David Sz.

    Hi
    As per 03.09.2019 with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS I needed to add/change some things that were in this tutorial:
    1. In addition to the listed PHP plugins you need to install Imagick Redis BCMath and GMP:
    sudo apt install php7.2-imagick redis php7.2-bcmath php7.2-gmp
    2. Make sure TCP port 6379 is open
    sudo ufw allow 6379/tcp
    3. If db:seed fails:
    db:seed fails:
    Either because ram wasnt enough or port not open
    Recreate database with permissions then flush
    clear cache with php artisan cache:clear
    then migrate again
    then try again db:seed
    3. There’s an issue with not being able to change users password from admin panel:
    add ‘Use Hash;’ to the top of /var/www/marketplacekit/admin/Http/Controllers/UsersController.php
    above the other Use lines
    4. If memory isnt enough for composer – especially on lowest tier AWS:
    memory not enough:
    sudo /bin/dd if=/dev/zero of=/var/swap.1 bs=1M count=4096
    sudo /sbin/mkswap /var/swap.1
    sudo /sbin/swapon /var/swap.1

    Enjoy

  2. thekingkilledhim Avatar
    thekingkilledhim

    cant get passed Step 5 because artisan doesnt exist and no workarounds have worked

  3. bhushan Avatar
    bhushan

    PHP Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Failed opening required ‘/var/www/marketplacekit/vendor/autoload.php’ (include_path=’.:/usr/share/php’) in /var/www/marketplacekit/artisan:18
    Stack trace:
    #0 {main}
    thrown in /var/www/marketplacekit/artisan on line 18
    how to solve this problem….

  4. Will Avatar
    Will

    I ran into:
    “Your lock file does not contain a compatible set of packages. Please run composer update”

    I fixed it by running “composer self-update –1”

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