how to install Phabricator on Ubuntu 16.04

In this article we will show you how to install Phabricator on Ubuntu 16.04, with Apache web server, PHP and MySQL. Phabricator is an open source set of tools which help developers to build better software. It includes tools for differential code review, repository hosting and browsing, monitoring tool,  bug tracker, wiki and much more. Phabricator is currently maintained by Phacility, it was originally developed as an internal tool at Facebook. It is available as free software under the Apache License, version 2.

Phabricator supports Git, Mercurial, and Subversion. The Phabricator server runs on Linux or Mac OS X, but can be used on any platform. It is written mostly in PHP.

Phabricator includes tools for:

  • Reviewing and auditing code
  • Hosting and Browsing repositories
  • Managing projects
  • Tracking bugs or “features”
  • Hiding stuff from coworkers
  • and also some other things like meme generators

Installing Pabricator on Ubuntu 16.04 is fairly easy and straight to the point task, and it shouldn’t take more then 10 minutes to install it. Let’s get started.


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1. Update the system

As always before installing new software on your VPS  login to your server and make sure that all packages are up to date:

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get upgrade

We will also install the following packages which are required for the installation process:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common git

2. Install MySQL

To install the latest MySQL packages on your server issue the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install mysql-server

When the installation is complete, run the following command to secure your installation:

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Change the MySQL root authentication method to mysql_native_password:

sudo mysql -u root
use mysql;
ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'your_mysql_root_password';
flush privileges;  

3. Download Phabricator and dependencies

To create and switch to the directory in which we will download Phabricator and its dependencies run the following command:

sudo mkdir /var/www/html/myapp
cd /var/www/html/myapp

Next, clone the needed Git repositories from Github :

sudo git clone
sudo git clone
sudo git clone

4. Install and configure Apache and PHP

Phabricator does not support PHP 7.0 which is the default PHP version shipped with Ubuntu 16.04.

To be able to Install PHP 7.2 we will enable the ondrej PPA, this repository is generally considered safe to use.  To add the repository to your system run the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:ondrej/php

Update the package list and then install PHP 7.2  and the PHP extensions required by Phabricator:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install php php-mysql php-gd php-curl php-apcu php-cli php-json php-mbstring

To install Apache you need to execute the following command:

sudo apt-get install apache2

Enable the php7.2 Apache module wit hhe following command:

sudo a2enmod php7.2

Next, create a new Apache virtual host configuration file with your favorite text editor. We are using nano for this purpose:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/phabricator.conf
<VirtualHost *:80>

DocumentRoot /var/www/html/myapp/phabricator/webroot

RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^/rsrc/(.*) - [L,QSA]
RewriteRule ^/favicon.ico - [L,QSA]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php?__path__=$1 [B,L,QSA]

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/phabricator-error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/phabricator-access.log combined

<Directory "/var/www/html/myapp/phabricator/webroot">
Require all granted

Of course you need to replace “” with the domain of your choice.

Enable the new virtual host configuration with:

sudo a2ensite phabricator

Restart the Apache web server for changes to take effect and enable the Apache service to start on boot with the following commands:

sudo systemctl enable apache2
sudo systemctl restart apache2

5. Configure Phabricator

Switch to the phabricator directory:

 cd /var/www/html/myapp/phabricator

To configure phabricator MySQL configuration file execute the following commands:

./bin/config set localhost
./bin/config set mysql.user root
./bin/config set mysql.pass your_mysql_root_password

Run the storage upgrade script and press Y when prompted. This script will load the database schema:

 ./bin/storage upgrade --user root --password your_mysql_root_password
Are you ready to continue? [y/N] y

Applying schema adjustments...
Completed applying all schema adjustments.
 ANALYZE  Analyzing tables...
 ANALYZED  Analyzed 510 table(s).

6. Install Phabricator

Open your favorite web browser and navigate to:

You will be redirected to the registration page where you can setup your admin account.

Once you click on the “Create Admin Account” button you will be logged in as admin and redirected to the Phabricator home page.

Congratulations. You have successfully installed Phabricator on your Ubuntu 16.04 VPS. For the official documentation of Phabricator visit the official page, by clicking on this link.

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