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How to Install MyCollab Community Edition on CentOS 7

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 5, 2017
CentOS Server Apps System Admin

MyCollab is free, open-source team collaboration software. It is widely used by small and mid-size enterprises for project management and documentation.

In this tutorial we will be installing MyCollab on CentOS 7.


  • A CentOS 7 instance with at least 1 GB of RAM. 2 GB of RAM is recommended.

  • A sudo user.

  • EPEL yum repository.

  • Java.

Step 1: Update the system

Log in as the sudo user and install the epel repository and update the OS as follows:

sudo yum install epel-release -y

sudo yum update -y

sudo shutdown -r now

Step 2: Install Java

MyCollab requires Java Runtime Environment JRE version 8 or higher. You can install OpenJDK and JRE using yum as follows:

sudo yum install -y java-1.8.0-openjdk

Use the command below to verify the installed version of Java:

java -version

The output should resemble:

openjdk version "1.8.0_111"

OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_111-b15)

OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.111-b15, mixed mode)

Step 3: Obtaining the latest stable release of MyCollab Community Edition



sudo yum install unzip -y


_Note: At the time this article was written, version 5.4.5 of MyCollab was the latest. You can also find the latest version of MyCollab on their [Github Page]( 

Step 4: Install and configure MariaDB

MyCollab requires MySQL 5.5 or higher. However, MariaDB offers better performance and we can install it as follows:

sudo yum install mariadb mariadb-server -y

Start the MariaDB service:

sudo systemctl start mariadb.service

sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service

Secure MariaDB's installation:

sudo /usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation

Below are the recommended responses to the questions prompted while running mysql_secure_installation:

Enter current password for root (enter for none): Enter

Set root password? [Y/n]: Y

New password: <your-own-password>

Re-enter new password: <your-own-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

Step 5: Setup a MySQL database for MyCollab

Log into the MySQL shell as root:

mysql -u root -p

We need to create a database schema using the utf8mb4 character set for MyCollab:


Create a database username and password:

CREATE USER 'mycollabuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'yourpassword';

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON mycollab.* TO 'mycollabuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'yourpassword' WITH GRANT OPTION;



Note: Please use a more secure username and password for your database.

Step 6: Install MyCollab

Use the existing MyCollab installer script as follows:

cd ~/MyCollab-5.4.5/bin


You need to also setup your firewall to allow traffic to port 8080:

sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-port=8080/tcp

sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Visiting in your browser will load the MyCollab setup wizard. You will need to click the Setup button.


  • Site name: <Your Site Name>

  • Server address: or


  • Database name: mycollab

  • User name: mycollabuser

  • Password: yourpassword

  • Database server address: localhost

EMAIL SETUP (Optional)

Input the necessary SMTP settings. You can leave them empty and change the settings later.

  • User name:

  • Password:

  • Server name:

  • Port:


  • or SSL/TLS:

Next, you will be asked to provide the login credentials for the new MyCollab admin user:

  • Admin email: <your-email-address>

  • Admin password: <your-admin-password>

  • Default date format, timezone, language, etc.

Finally, click the Setup button to finish the wizard.

This concludes our tutorial. Thank you for reading.

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