How to Install Collabtive 2.1 on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS

collabtive vpsIn this tutorial, we will show how to install Collabtive on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS with Apache, PHP and MySQL installed on it. Collabtive is an open source web-based project management software. The main features of Collabtive are: task lists, milestones, time tracking, messaging / instant messaging, file management, role-based user permissions, reporting, exporting, calendaring and multilingual interface. This tutorial was tested and written for Ubuntu 14.04 VPS , but it should work on any Linux distribution.

This install guide assumes that Apache, MySQL and PHP are already installed and configured on your Collabtive virtual server. At the time of writing this tutorial, the latest stable version of Collabtive 2.1.1 and it requires:

  • PHP 5.3 or higher with the mbstring PHP extension enabled
  • Apache Web Server >= 2.0 compiled with mod_rewrite module and with the following directives allowed: DirectoryIndex, Deny, Allow, Options, Order, AddHandler, RewriteEngine, RewriteBase, RewriteCond and RewriteRule.
  • MySQL 5 or higher installed on your virtual server.

Download the latest version of Collabtive available at to the server and extract it using the following commands:

cd /opt
unzip -o -d /var/www/collabtive/

Set the proper file permissions for Collabtive to write to certain files and directories:

sudo chown -R www-data /var/www/collabtive/
sudo chmod +w  /var/www/collabtive/config/standard/config.php
sudo chmod +w  /var/www/collabtive/files
sudo chmod +w  /var/www/collabtive/templates_c

Create a new MySQL database for Collabtive to use and assign a user to it with full permissions:

mysql -u root -p
mysql> CREATE DATABASE collabtivedb;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON collabtivedb.* TO 'collabtiveuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
mysql> quit

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘collabtive.conf’ on your virtual server:

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/collabtive.conf

Then, run the following command:

ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/collabtive.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/collabtive.conf

Or, use the a2ensite to enable the ‘collabtive.conf’ configuration in Apache:

sudo a2ensite collabtive.conf

Edit the ‘collabtive.conf’ configuration file:

vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/collabtive.conf

and add the following lines to it:

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<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/collabtive/
<Directory /var/www/collabtive/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

Restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect:

service apache2 restart

Open your favorite web browser and navigate to . Once you do that, you will be taken to the first page of the Collabtive web installer. Choose the installer language, check if all system requirements are met, enter the MySQL database information and click ‘Continue’. On the next page, create an administrator user and set its password. That is it. The Collabtive installation is now complete.

For security reason, it is recommended to delete ‘install.php’ and ‘update.php’ files:

rm /var/www/collabtive/install.php
rm /var/www/collabtive/update.php

Log in to the Administrator back-end area at to configure Collabtive according to your needs, extend the functionality of your installation with plugins etc.

collabtive back-end

Of course you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Ubuntu Hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to install Collabtive for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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