How to Install Invoice Ninja on CentOS 7

How to Install Invoice Ninja on CentOS 7

This tutorial covers the installation of Invoice Ninja onto Centos 7 VPS with Apache, PHP, and MariaDB. Invoice Ninja is a free and self-hosted platform for invoicing, billing, and payment management based on Laravel. It is very easy to use and it can be integrated with most of the popular payment gateways, including PayPal, 2CheckOut, Stripe, WePay, and many more… which makes it a perfect solution for freelancers and small or medium-sized businesses. Looking to get some fully managed hosting for your InvoiceNinja account? We offer complete migration, installation, optimization, and customization – 100% free of charge! Check out our premium affordable VPS hosting packages and switch to a more secure, more efficient server with 24/7/265 amazing customer support today.

– Create invoices and quotations in no time
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– Send invoices and accept online payments
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– Easily create quotes and invoices online
– Custom invoice URL’s
– iOS and Android apps


– CentOS 7 VPS with 2GB of RAM
– SSH access with root privileges
– PHP version 5.5.9 or newer
– MySQL/MariaDB database server
– Apache/Nginx web server

Login via SSH and update the server

We will install Invoice Ninja through the command line interface, so first, we need to login to the CentOS 7 VPS via SSH as user root

ssh root@IP_Address -p Port_Number

Once you are logged in, don’t forget to update all packages installed on the server

yum -y update

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Install Apache web server

Apache can be easily installed from the official CentoOS 7 repositories using the following command

yum -y install httpd

After the installation manager complete the installation, start the web server and enable it to start automatically after a restart

systemctl start httpd
systemctl enable httpd

Install PHP 7

CentOS 7 by default comes with PHP 5.4 which has reached the end of life and it is no longer supported. So, in this tutorial we will install PHP 7 instead. For this purpose we have to add the Webtatic EL yum repository.

yum -y install epel-release
rpm -Uvh

Once the repository is added, we can proceed to install PHP and several PHP modules

yum install php70w php70w-common php70w-curl php70w-mysql php70w-mbstring php70w-mcrypt php70w-xml php70w-cli php70w

verify that PHP 7 is installed

php -v
PHP 7.0.31 (cli) (built: Jul 20 2018 08:55:22) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2017 The PHP Group

Install MariaDB database server

Invoice Ninja stores its information in a database. So, we will install MariaDB database server and create a new database along with a user able to access it. Run the following command to install MariaDB server

yum -y install mariadb

Start the server and enable it to start upon reboot

systemctl start mariadb
systemctl enable mariadb

Run the ‘mysql_secure_installation’ post installation script to secure your MariaDB server and set a password for the MySQL ‘root’ user.

Next, login to the database server as user root,

mysql -u root -p

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE ninja;
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER 'user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON ninja.* TO 'user'@'localhost';
MariaDB [(none)]> exit

Replace ‘PASSWORD’ with an actual strong password.

Install and Configure Invoice Ninja

Download the latest stable of Invoice Ninja to your server. At the moment of writing this article it is version 4.5.3

curl -L -o

unpack the downloaded ZIP file to the document root the directory of your server. The ZIP file includes all necessary third party libraries.

unzip -d /var/www/html

The content of Invoice Ninja will be stored in a new ‘ninja’ directory.

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Configure Invoice Ninja to use the newly created MariaDB database

cd /var/www/html/ninja/
cp -v .env.example .env

Open the .env file and find and modify the following lines


Save the changes and run the following commands necessary to prepare the MariaDB database

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php artisan migrate
php artisan db:seed

Set the correct ownership to the Invoice Ninja directory

chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/ninja

Create Apache virtual host

In order to be able to access Invoice Ninja with your domain name, we will create Apache virtual host for the domain.

Create a new virtual host directive with the following content

vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/invoiceninja.conf

DocumentRoot /var/www/html/ninja/public

Options +FollowSymlinks
AllowOverride All

ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/invoiceninja-error_log
CustomLog /var/log/httpd/invoiceninja-access_log common

Save the file and restart the web server for the changes to take effect

systemctl restart httpd

If you closely followed the tutorial, with this step the installation of Invoice Ninja is completed and you can start using it. Open your web browser and navigate it to and follow the web-based installation wizard to finalize the installation.

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2 thoughts on “How to Install Invoice Ninja on CentOS 7”

  1. Thank you, you have a typo in vhost conf file: invoiceninja.conf

    AllowOverride All instead of AllowOverride Al (notice the missed ‘l’)


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