How to Setup Xavoc ERP, CRM and CMS with Nginx on Ubuntu Linux

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install and configure Xavoc ERP | CRM and CMS platform on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 with Nginx HTTP servers.

Our previous tutorial showed you how to run the Xavoc platform on Ubuntu with Apache2 installed. This one shows you how to set it up with Nginx instead.

For the uninitiated, Xavoc is an open-source, ERP | CRM and CMS platform that can serve as a strong alternative to the popular CRM and ERP platforms today.

For more about Xavoc, please check its homepage.

To get started with installing Xavoc, follow the steps below:

Install Nginx HTTP Server

Xavoc requires a web server and the Nginx HTTP server is the most popular open-source web server available today.

To install the Nginx server, run the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

After installing Nginx, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable the 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

Now that Nginx is installed, open your browser and browse to the URL below to test whether the web server is working.


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

Install MariaDB Database Server

Xavoc also requires a database server to store its content. MariaDB is a great place to start if you’re looking for a truly 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 successfully 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 as shown above.

Install PHP 7.1-FPM and Related Modules

Xavoc is a PHP-based platform and for now, only PHP 7.1-FPM. PHP 7.1 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories. To run PHP 7.1 on Ubuntu 14.04, 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 7.1-FPM

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.1-FPM and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.1-fpm php7.1-common php7.1-mysql php7.1-gmp php7.1-curl php7.1-intl php7.1-mbstring php7.1-xmlrpc php7.1-gd php7.1-bcmath php7.1-imap php7.1-xml php7.1-cli php7.1-zip

After installing PHP 7.1, run the commands below to open Nginx’s PHP default configuration file.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.1/fpm/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
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

You should restart the Nginx web server whenever you make changes to the PHP configuration file. To do so, run the commands below:

sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

Create Xavoc Database

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

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

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called xavoc


Create a database user called xavocuser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON xavoc.* TO 'xavocuser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Download Xavoc Latest Release

Xavoc community edition can be downloaded from its download page here.

On the Ubuntu terminal, run the commands below to download, then extract to its root directory.

cd /tmp
sudo mkdir -p /var/www/xavoc
sudo unzip -d /var/www/xavoc

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for the Xavoc root directory and give Nginx control.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/xavoc/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/xavoc/

Configure Nginx

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

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

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.

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;

    root   /var/www/xavoc;
    index  index.php;
    access_log /var/log/nginx/;
    error_log /var/log/nginx/;

    client_max_body_size 100M;
    autoindex off;

    location / {
    index index.html index.php;
    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$args;

    location ~ \.php$ {
         include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
         fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
         include fastcgi_params;
         fastcgi_intercept_errors on;

Save the file and exit.

Enable the Xavoc

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

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

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

Then follow the on-screen instruction. Type in the database name, and database user account. then create a backend admin account and continue.

After a brief moment, the software should be installed and ready to use.

You can then log in and begin setting up your business profile.


You have successfully learned to install Xavoc ERP | CRM and CMS platform on Ubuntu. You may need to configure additional settings, but the steps above give you a basic starting point.

If you find errors with the steps above, please comment below:

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