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How to Install Dolibarr on Ubuntu 16.04

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 22, 2018
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Dolibarr is an open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) for businesses. Dolibarr's source code is hosted on GitHub. This guide will show you how to install Dolibarr ERP and CRM on a fresh Ubuntu 16.04 Vultr instance.


  • Database (MySQL 5.0.3+, MariaDB 5.0.3+, PostgresSQL 8.1.4+)

  • PHP 5.3.0+

  • Web Server (Apache, Nginx)

Before you begin

Check the Ubuntu version.

lsb_release -ds

# Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS

Create a new non-root user account with sudo access and switch to it.

adduser johndoe --gecos "John Doe"

usermod -aG sudo johndoe

su - johndoe

NOTE: Replace johndoe with your username.

Set up the timezone.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

Ensure that your system is up to date.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Step 1 - Install PHP

Download and install PHP 7.0 and required PHP extensions (modules).

sudo apt install -y php7.0 php7.0-cli php7.0-fpm php7.0-common php7.0-mysql php7.0-pgsql php7.0-sqlite3 php7.0-gd php7.0-mbstring php7.0-mcrypt php7.0-soap php7.0-curl php7.0-zip php7.0-xml

Check the version.

php --version

# PHP 7.0.28-0ubuntu0.16.04.1 (cli) ( NTS )

Step 2 - Install MySQL and create database for Dolibarr

Install MySQL database server.

sudo apt install -y mysql-server

Check the version.

mysql --version

# mysql  Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.7.21, for Linux (x86_64) using  EditLine wrapper

Run the mysql_secure_installation script to improve the security of your MySQL installation.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Log into MySQL as the root user.

mysql -u root -p

# Enter password:

Create a new MySQL database and user, and remember the credentials.


GRANT ALL ON dbname.* TO 'username' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';


Exit MySQL.


Step 3 - Install and configure Nginx

Install Nginx.

sudo apt install -y nginx

Check the version.

sudo nginx -v

# nginx version: nginx/1.10.3 (Ubuntu)

Configure Nginx. Run sudo vim /etc/nginx/sites-available/dolibarr.conf and copy/paste the following.

server {

  listen [::]:80;

  listen 80;

  server_name; # Check this

  root /var/www/dolibarr/htdocs; # Check this

  index index.php index.html index.htm;

  charset utf-8;

  location / {

    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php;


  location ~ [^/]\.php(/|$) {

    try_files $uri =404;

    fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;

    fastcgi_read_timeout 600;

    include fastcgi_params;

    fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock;



Activate the new dolibarr.conf configuration by linking the file to the sites-enabled directory.

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/dolibarr.conf /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Test the configuration.

sudo nginx -t

Reload Nginx.

sudo systemctl reload nginx.service

Step 4 - Install Composer

To install Dolibarr, we will need to install Composer.

php -r "copy('', 'composer-setup.php');"

php -r "if (hash_file('SHA384', 'composer-setup.php') === '544e09ee996cdf60ece3804abc52599c22b1f40f4323403c44d44fdfdd586475ca9813a858088ffbc1f233e9b180f061') { echo 'Installer verified'; } else { echo 'Installer corrupt'; unlink('composer-setup.php'); } echo PHP_EOL;"

php composer-setup.php

php -r "unlink('composer-setup.php');"

sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

Check the Composer version.

composer --version

# Composer version 1.6.3 2018-01-31 16:28:17

Step 5 - Install Dolibarr

Create a document root directory.

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/dolibarr

Change ownership of the /var/www/dolibarr directory to johndoe.

sudo chown -R johndoe:johndoe /var/www/dolibarr

Download the latest stable release of Dolibarr from the command line.

cd /var/www/dolibarr

composer create-project dolibarr/dolibarr .

Change ownership of the /var/www/dolibarr directory to www-data.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/dolibarr

Using your preferred web browser, open your page and follow the Dolibarr installer. After following the installation wizard, you will have Dolibarr ERP/CRM up and running.

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