How to Install Akaunting on Ubuntu 20.04

How to Install Akaunting on Ubuntu 20.04

Akaunting is web-based, free, and open-source accounting software designed to help small businesses. It helps small businesses and freelancers manage and streamline payment, invoicing, and other operations. With its client portal features, administrators are able to share financial information like transactional and invoicing information with the clients. The application also offers complete tools to manage your finances. These are their main features:

– App Store
– Bank Accounts
– Billable Expenses
– Client Portal
– Customer Management
– Easy Invoicing
– Fine-Grained Permissions
– Inventory Management
– Multi-Company
– Multi-Currency
– Multilingual Panel
– Permission Management
– Process Automation
– Powerful Reporting
– Tax Rates
– Transaction Categories
– Unlimited Attachments
– Vendor Management

Installing Akaunting is a fairly easy task. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Akaunting on Ubuntu 20.04.


  • Ubuntu 20.04
  • SSH access with root privileges or a regular system user with sudo privileges

Step 1. Log in to the server

First, log in to your Ubuntu 20.04 server through SSH as the root user:

ssh root@IP_Address -p Port_number

You will need to replace ‘IP_Address’ and ‘Port_number’ with your server’s respective IP address and SSH port number. Additionally, replace ‘root’ with the username of the system user with sudo privileges.

You can check whether you have the proper Ubuntu version installed on your server with the following command:

$ lsb_release -a

You should get this output:

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS
Release: 20.04
Codename: focal

Before starting, you have to make sure that all Ubuntu OS packages installed on the server are up to date. You can do this by running the following commands:

$ sudo apt update -y
$ sudo apt upgrade -y

Step 2. Install LEMP

We need to install web server, database server and PHP to proceed with installing akaunting. In this post, we will use Nginx instead of Apache. So, let’s run the command below to install LEMP.

$ sudo apt install wget unzip nginx-full mariadb-server mariadb-client php7.4-{bcmath,cli,curl,fpm,gd,gmp,json,mbstring,mysql,snmp,xml,zip}

On Ubuntu 20.04, Nginx and MariaDB are configured to start running upon installation, you can check them by running this command:

$ sudo systemctl status mysql nginx --lines=0

Step 3. Create a Database

Akaunting supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite. We installed MySQL/MariaDB in the previous step, so we will be using it for the installation.
By default, the MySQL root user does not have a password, you can run this command to log in to the MySQL shell.

$ sudo mysql

Or, if you already give MySQL root user a password, then you need to run this command to enter the MySQL shell:

$ mysql -u root -p

Once logged in, let’s run the following commands to create a new database for akaunting installation.

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE akaunting;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.000 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER 'akaunting'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'm0d1fyth15';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.000 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON akaunting.* TO 'akaunting'@'localhost';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.001 sec)

Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.000 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Make sure you create a stronger database password, replace m0d1fyth15 in the command above with a stronger one.

Step 4. Download Akaunting

At the time of writing, we downloaded Akaunting version 2.1.33. You can download the latest version of Akaunting from their website or directly from their GitHub repository.

$ cd /tmp
$ wget -O
$ sudo unzip -d /var/www/html/akaunting

Then, change the ownership of the files and akaunting directory.

$ sudo chown -R www-data. /var/www/html/akaunting

Step 5. Configure Nginx

Let’s create a new Nginx server block.

$ sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/akaunting.conf

Paste the following content into the file, make sure you edit the server_name and use your actual domain or subdomain name.

server {
    listen      80;

    root /var/www/html/akaunting/;
    index index.php index.html index.htm;
    charset utf-8;
    error_log /var/log/nginx/akaunting.error;
    access_log /var/log/nginx/akaunting.access;

    add_header X-Frame-Options "SAMEORIGIN";
    add_header X-XSS-Protection "1; mode=block";
    add_header X-Content-Type-Options "nosniff";

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

    # Protect Files
    location ~ \.(env|log) {
        deny all;

    # Protect Directories
    location ~ ^/(^app$|bootstrap|config|database|resources|routes|storage|tests|artisan) {
        deny all;

    # Prevent Direct Access To modules/vendor Folders Except Assets
    location ~ ^/(modules|vendor)\/(.*)\.((?!ico|gif|jpg|jpeg|png|js|css|less|sass|font|woff|woff2|eot|ttf|svg).)*$ {
        deny all;

    error_page 404 /index.php;

    location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.4-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        include fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;

    location ~ /\.(?!well-known).* {
        deny all;


Save the file then exit from Nano editor.

After creating a server block, we need to restart nginx. Do not forget to test the configuration file prior to restarting nginx.

$ sudo nginx -t
$ sudo systemctl restart nginx

Step 6. Install Akaunting

Open your favorite web browser and navigate to your you configured in the previous step.

In the initial step, you will be asked to choose your language.
install akaunting on ubuntu 20.04

Choose your desired language then click Next.

install akaunting on ubuntu

In this step, you need to insert the database details you created earlier. Click Next to continue.

install akaunting ubuntu 20.04

You need to create an admin user in this step. The combination of admin email address and the admin password is required to log in to Akaunting backend, click next to continue.

akaunting on ubuntu 20.04

You will be brought to the Akaunting login screen, enter the administrative user you created earlier then click on the Login button.

installing akaunting on ubuntu 20.04

Once logged in, you will need to provide your company information and finish all 4 steps as seen in the picture below.

installing akaunting on ubuntu

After finishing the steps above, you can click on the ‘Go to dashboard’ button to enter the website backend.

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That’s all. You can now start working and using Akaunting to manage your financial things.

Step 7. Install SSL certificate

This is an optional step but highly recommended to complete. We will install a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt.

$ sudo apt install python3-certbot-nginx -y

Once completed, we can run this command to install the SSL certificate.

$ sudo certbot

You will be asked for your email address, accept the Let’s Encrypt TOS, and whether you want to share your email address with the Electronic Frontier Foundation or not. Then, you need to choose which names would you like to activate HTTPS for. Choose your Akaunting website by typing the number and hitting ENTER. Let’s encrypt will install the certificate and it will ask you whether to configure HTTP to HTTPS redirect or not, you can choose redirect then certbot will create the redirection and reload nginx if everything is okay.

Now, you should be able to access your Akaunting website in HTTPS mode at, you can proceed with building your application using Akaunting.

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