How to Install PIMCore CMS on Ubuntu Linux with Apache2

This article describes steps one can take to install and use Pimcore CMS on Ubuntu Linux with Apache support.

Pimcore, an open-source product information management, and master data management application as well as an eCommerce platform is designed to allow enterprises and business owners to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with customers.

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.

How to install and use Pimcore on Ubuntu Linux with Apache support

As described above, Pimcore, an open-source product information management, and master data management application as well as an eCommerce platform is designed to allow enterprises and business owners to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with customers.

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

Install Apache

Pimcore needs a web server. and 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

Pimcore also needs 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, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable the MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots.

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

After that, run the commands below to secure the MariaDB server.

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

Install PHP and Related Modules

PHP 7.1 isn’t available on Ubuntu’s 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 7.1

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

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.1

sudo apt update

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

sudo apt install php7.1 libapache2-mod-php7.1 php7.1-common php7.1-mbstring php7.1-xmlrpc php7.1-soap php7.1-gd php7.1-xml php7.1-intl php7.1-mysql php7.1-cli php7.1-mcrypt php7.1-ldap php7.1-zip php7.1-curl

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

sudo nano /etc/php/7.1/apache2/php.ini

Then make the change to the following lines below in the file and save.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 30
max_input_vars = 1500
date.timezone = America/Chicago

Create Pimcore Database

Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required, continue below to start configuring the servers.

First, run the commands below to create a blank Pimcore database.

To login into the MariaDB database server, run the commands below

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called pimcoredb

CREATE DATABASE pimcoredb;

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 pimcoredb.* TO 'pimcoreuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Download Pimcore Latest Release

Next, visit the Pimcore site and download the latest version.

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

cd /tmp && wget https://www.pimcore.org/download/pimcore-latest.zip
sudo mkdir /var/www/html/pimcore
sudo unzip pimcore-latest.zip -d /var/www/html/pimcore

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

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

Configure Apache2

Finally, configure the Apahce2 virtual host 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.conf

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/pimcore.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/html/pimcore
     ServerName example.com
     ServerAlias www.example.com

     <Directory /var/www/html/pimcore/>
        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.

Enable the Pimcore and Rewrite Module

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

sudo a2ensite pimcore.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite

To load all the settings above, restart Apache2 by running the commands below.

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

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

http://example.com

Then follow the on-screen instructions until you’ve successfully installed Pimcore.