How to Install X-Cart with Apache on Ubuntu Linux

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X-Cart is a powerful commercial open-source eCommerce platform written in PHP. It enables individuals to set up eCommerce and online stores in minutes.

X-Cart is written in PHP and requires the LAMP / LEMP stack. X-Cart is easy to set up and maintain and can be used to set up your online stores.

Many reputable online stores and brick-and-mortar establishments use this software to run their eCommerce stores.

X-Cart is not free. However, you only pay a one-time licensing fee! No fees for transactions and no hefty monthly fees. If other eCommerce platforms are unsuitable for your environment, you may consider X-Cart.

To get started with installing X-Cart, follow the steps below:

Install Apache2

X-Cart requires a webserver to function, 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-get install apache2

After installing Apache2, run the commands below to disable the directory listing.

sudo sed -i "s/Options Indexes FollowSymLinks/Options FollowSymLinks/" /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

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

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

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.

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

X-Cart also requires PHP to function. To install PHP and related modules, run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install php php-common php-mbstring php-xmlrpc php-soap php-gd php-xml php-intl php-mysql php-cli php-mcrypt php-ldap php-zip php-curl

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

sudo nano /etc/php/7.1/apache2/php.ini      # Ubuntu 17.10
sudo nano /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini      # Ubuntu 17.04

Then change the following lines below in the file and save. You may increase the value to suit your environment.

max_execution_time = 180
max_input_time = 60
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 64M

Create X-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 an X-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 xcart


Create a database user called xcartuser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON xcart.* TO 'xcartuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Download X-Cart Latest Release

Next, visit the X-Cart site and register for a free account. You must enter your email address before you’re allowed to download a copy. The English edition is what you’ll want to download.

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

sudo mv x-cart /var/www/html/xcart

Change or modify the directory permission to fit the Apache2 configuration.

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

Configure Apache2

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

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

     <Directory /var/www/html/xcart/>
        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
        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 X-Cart and Rewrite Module

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

sudo a2ensite xcart.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. Next, you should see X-Cart setup wizard complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.
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Type the database connection info and continue.

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Wait a few seconds, and X-Cart should be installed.

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Congratulations! You’ve just successfully installed X-Cart on Ubuntu

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