Setup CS-Cart on Ubuntu with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.2

CS-Cart, a commercial eCommerce platform supports both Apache2 and Nginx HTTP servers. We recently showed students and new users how to install it on Ubuntu. this post shows you how to use Nginx webserver instead.

CS-Cart is a powerful eCommerce platform for online sellers to sell and manage their product inventories. It has all you need to create and manage an online store, with its powerful product management modules.

If you’re looking for a high performance, SEO-friendly eCommerce CMS platform, you’ll find CS-Cart to be useful. This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install CS-Cart on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 LTS with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP support.

This post covers installing the latest version of CS-Cart, which at the time of writing was at version 4.7.4.

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

Step 1: Install Nginx

CS-Cart requires a webserver to function and the second most popular webserver in use today is Nginx. So, go and install Nginx on Ubuntu by running the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

Next, run the commands below to stop, start and enable Nginx service to always start up with the server boots.

sudo systemctl stop nginx.service
sudo systemctl start nginx.service
sudo systemctl enable nginx.service

Step 2: Install MariaDB

CS-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 MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable MariaDB service to always 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 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): 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

Step 3: Install PHP and Related Modules

PHP 7.2-FPM may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories. in order 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-FPM

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

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2-FPM

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.2-fpm php7.2-common php7.2-sqlite3 php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-mysql php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip

After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP default config file for Nginx.

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

Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below are great settings to apply in your environments.

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

After making the change above, save the file and close out.

Step 4: Create CS-Cart Database

Now that you’ve install all the packages that are required, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create CS-Cart database.

Run the commands below to logon 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 cscart


Create a database user called cscartuser with new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON cscart.* TO 'cscartuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Step 5: Download CS-Cart Latest Release

Next, visit CS-Cart site and register for a free account. You must register before you’re allowed to download a copy.

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

sudo mkdir /var/www/html/cscart
sudo unzip -d /var/www/html/cscart

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for CS-Cart to function.

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

Step 6: Configure Nginx

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

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/cscart

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save it. Replace the highlighted line with your own domain name and directory root location.

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;
    root /var/www/html/cscart;
    index  index.php index.html index.htm;

    client_max_body_size 100M;

    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;

    location ~ ^/(\w+/)?(\w+/)?api/ {
        rewrite ^/(\w+/)?(\w+/)?api/(.*)$ /api.php?_d=$3&ajax_custom=1&$args last;
        rewrite_log off;

    location ~ \.php$ {
    include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
    fastcgi_pass           unix:/var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
    fastcgi_param   SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;


Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the CS-Cart

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

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/cscart /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

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

Then enter the database information as well as the site administrator login credentials, then click Install

C-Cart Ubuntu setup

Wait and CS-Cart should install successfully. Login and begin using your program.


1 Comment

  1. Thanks for your guide.
    When installing following your instructions gives me an error in the bb.dd.
    Message: mysqli::real_connect(): (HY000/1045): Access denied for user ”@’localhost’ (using password: NO)
    if you could help me
    thank you
    PD: my bbdd is Mysql and do not install openssl

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