How to Install Tine 2.0 with Apache on Ubuntu Linux

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Tine 2.0 is a flexible enterprise project management and CRM web platform written in PHP that you can use to manage your contacts, tasks, time, and more.

It is also great for projects and time tracking, wiki, and document management and integrates with popular open-source plugins to make managing your projects easy.

If you want a project management platform with enterprise-class features that is scalable and performs at a high level, then Tine 2.0 is an excellent place to start.

Tine is built on an open-source core with support for open standards, which might be very useful in helping you run your projects.

The Tine 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 Tine, please check their Homepage

Install Apache2 HTTP Server

Tine requires a web server, and the Apache2 HTTP server is the most popular open-source web server available today. To install the Apache2 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

Now that Apache2 is installed browse your browser to the URL below to test whether the web server works.

Apache2 Test Page

If you see the page above, then Apache2 is successfully installed.

Install MariaDB Database Server

Tine also requires a database server to store its content. MariaDB is a great place to start if you want a genuinely open-source database server. 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 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

Once MariaDB is installed, run the commands below to test whether the database server was installed.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Type the root password when prompted.

mariadb welcome

The server was successfully installed if you see a similar screen.

Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules

Tine is a PHP-based CMS, and PHP is required. However, PHP 7.2 may not be available in Ubuntu’s 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 controls below to install PHP 7.2 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 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-bcmath php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip

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

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

The lines below are a good setting 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
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

Every time you change the PHP configuration file, you should restart the Apache2 web server. To do so, run the commands below:

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Once PHP is installed, create a test file called phpinfo.php in the Apache2 default root directory to test whether it’s functioning. ( /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 the PHP default test page.

PHP Test Page

Create Tine Database

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

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

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called tine.


Create a database user called tineuser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON tine.* TO 'tineuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Install Tine

Now that you have installed Apache2 and MariaDB, run the commands below to download and install Tine packages. The download link below will get you the latest version.

Unzip the downloaded file and copy it to the Apache2 root directory for Tine.

cd ~/Downloads
sudo unzip -d /var/www/html/tine ~/Downloads/

Next, run the commands below to create Tine 2.0 config file.

sudo cp /var/www/html/tine/ /var/www/html/tine/

Then edit the highlighted lines below and save the file.

Run the command below to open the file.

sudo nano /var/www/html/tine/

Edit and save your changes.

// NOTE: You can either:
//  - copy this file to and add change config values
//  - create an empty, make it writeable to the webserver and edit config via the setup.php interface
//  - make this directory temporary writeable to the webserver and edit config via the setup.php interface

// minimal configuration
return array(
    // set 'count' equal zero to disable captcha, or set to number of invalid logins before request captcha.
    'captcha' => array('count'=>0), 
    'database' => array(
        'host'          => 'localhost',
        'dbname'        => 'tine',
        'username'      => 'tineuser',
        'password'      => 'database_user_password',
        'adapter'       => 'pdo_mysql',
        'tableprefix'   => 'tine20_',
    'setupuser' => array(
        'username'      => 'admin',
        'password'      => 'admin_password' 

Save the file and exit.

After that, run the commands below to create Tine temp and data directories.

sudo mkdir /var/www/html/tine/tmp
sudo mkdir /var/www/html/tine/data
sudo mkdir /var/www/html/tinedata

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for the LEPTON CMS root directory and give Apache2 control.

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

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

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

     <Directory /var/www/html/tine/>
          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 Tine Site

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

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

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name, and you should see the Tine home page.

Login with the admin username and password in the config file above.

Tine 2.0 Ubuntu setup

After that, accept the license agreement and begin setting up your environment.

Tine 2.0 ubuntu setup

Make sure to enter the session path (/var/www/html/time/data), the temporary file path (/var/www/html/tine/tmp), and the filestore directory (/var/www/html/tinedata). Save and continue.

Tine 2.0 ubuntu setup

When done, select the authentication/accounts and create an initial user account name and password.

Tine 2.0 ubuntu setup

Next, set up your email SMTP server and application manager. You should have a working Tine environment.

Tine 2.0 ubuntu setup

That’s it!

Congratulation! You have successfully installed Tine 2.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10.

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