How to Install Thirty Bees eCommerce with Apache on Ubuntu Linux

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This article describes the steps to install the Thirty Bees eCommerce platform on Ubuntu Linux with Apache support.

Thirty Bees is a fork of a popular and widely used open-source eCommerce platform called PrestaShop. However, it added cutting-edge features that might not be available with PrestaShop. With over 500 features, it allows businesses to scale and grow.

This post covers installing the latest version of Thirty Bee, which at the time of writing is version 1.0.4

For more about Thirty Bees, please check its homepage.

How to install Thirty Bees eCommerce platform on Ubuntu Linux with Nginx

As described above, Thirty Bees is a fork of a popular and widely used open-source eCommerce platform called PrestaShop.

Below is how to install it on Ubuntu Linux with Nginx.

Install Apache2

Thirty Bees requires a webserver to function; the most popular web server 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 Database Server

MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open-source database servers with Thirty Bees. To install MariaDB 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): Press the Enter
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: Enter the 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 7.1 and Related Modules

PHP 7.1 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 7.1

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

Next, 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-bcmath 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 change to the following lines below in the file 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

Create Thirty Bees Database

Now that you’ve installed all the required packages, continue below to start configuring the servers. First, run the commands below to create a blank Thirty Bees 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 thirtybees


Create a database user called thirtybeesuser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON thirtybees.* TO 'thirtybeesuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Download Thirty Bees’ Latest Release

Next, visit the Thirty Bees site and download a free version by running the commands below.

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

cd /tmp && wget
sudo mkdir -p /var/www/html/thirtybees
sudo unzip -d /var/www/html/thirtybees/

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

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

Configure Apache2

Finally, configure the Apahce2 site configuration file for Thirty Bees. This file will control how users access Thirty Bees’ content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called thirtybees.conf.

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/thirtybees.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/thirtybees/

     <Directory /var/www/html/thirtybees/>
        Options +FollowSymlinks
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted

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


Save the file and exit.

Enable the Thirty Bee and Rewrite Module

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

sudo a2ensite thirtybees.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. Next, you should see the Thirty Bee setup wizard to complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.
Thirty Bees Ubuntu Install

Follow the onscreen wizard. Validate that all requirements are met. Next, type in the database info you created above and continue.

Thirty Bees Ubuntu setup

If everything is correct, you can connect and install Thirty Bees.

Ubuntu Thirty Bees setup ubuntu

After installing, run the commands below to delete the install folder.

sudo rm -rf /var/www/html/thirtybees/install/

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed Thirty Bees.

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1 Comment

  1. this doesnt work… 403 forbidden following this tutorial when at final step to install

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