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How to Install Dotclear on Ubuntu 16.04

Published on: Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 11:19 am EST
Blogging Linux Guides PHP Server Apps Ubuntu

Dotclear is a very simple blog engine which has been built on top of PHP. In this tutorial, we will install Dotclear on Ubuntu 16.04.


  • Vultr VPS with LAMP stack on Ubuntu 16.04

Log into your server with an SSH client.

With most LAMP stacks, website files are stored in the directory /var/www/html/. Navigate to that folder and remove the placeholder files contained within it.

cd /var/www/html/
rm -rf index.php logo.png

Database setup

To create a database, we need to log in to MySQL. You can do that with the following command:

mysql -u root -p

Then, we need to create the database and create a user for it (replace <your_password> with your own password):

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON dotclear.* TO dotclearuser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY '<your_password>';

Installing Dotclear

We will use the simple installer provided by Dotclear.

Make sure you are still in the /var/www/html/ folder. If not, run cd /var/www/html/.

Download the loader script.


Ensure that our Apache user owns the folder.

chown www-data:www-data ./

Open up your web browser and navigate to http://YOUR_IP_ADDRESS/dotclear-loader.php. You will be presented with the installer page. Follow the on-screen instructions.

On the second screen, it will ask you for the database details. Use the following details:

Database type: MySQLi
Database Host Name: localhost
Database Name: dotclear
Database User Name: dotclearuser
Database Password: <your_password>

Lastly, the installer will ask you for some personal information. I assume you don't need help with that - it's pretty standard. Now your blog will be up and running, enjoy!

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