How to install Pimcore on a CentOS 7 VPS
Pimcore is a free and open-source content management platform for creating and managing web applications and digital presences. In this article we will install Pimcore on a CentOS 7 VPS with Apache web server, PHP and MariaDB MySQL server.
Log in to your Linux VPS as user root and make sure that all packages are up to date
yum -y update
Now install MariaDB
yum install mariadb-server mariadb
Start MariaDB and add it to automatically start on system start-up
systemctl start mariadb.service systemctl enable mariadb.service
Run the following command to secure your MariaDB server and set a new root passord
Pimcore needs an MySQL database, so log in to the MySQL server with user root and create new database with UTF-8 as character set
mysql -u root -p MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE pimcore CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_general_ci; MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON pimcore.* TO 'pimcoreuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD'; MariaDB [(none)]> flush privileges; MariaDB [(none)]>> \q;
Don’t forget to replace ‘PASSWORD‘ with an actual password.
Now, we will install Apache web server
yum install httpd
Start the web server and enable it to start at boot
systemctl start httpd systemctl enable httpd
Install PHP and a few PHP extensions
yum install php php-mysql php-dom php-gd php-mbstring php-common
Download the latest stable release of Pimcore to your server
Extract the downloaded archive to the document root directory on your server.
yum -y install unzip mkdir /var/www/html/pimcore/ unzip pimcore-data.zip -d /var/www/html/pimcore/
Change the ownership
chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/pimcore/
In order to use the scheduled features we need to create a cronjob.
yum -y install cronie crontab -u */5 * * * * /usr/bin/php /var/www/html/pimcore/pimcore/cli/maintenance.php
Now, we will set up Apache virtual hosting directive for your Pimcore website.
Create a ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with the following content
and create a ‘/etc/httpd/vhosts.d’ directory where we will put all our virtual hosts.
Create a virtual host for your Pimcore domain
vim /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/yourdomain.conf <VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80> ServerAdmin email@example.com DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/pimcore" ServerName yourdomain.com ServerAlias www.yourdomain.com ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-error_log" CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined <Directory "/var/www/html/pimcore/"> DirectoryIndex index.php Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Require all granted </Directory> </VirtualHost>
And restart Apache for the changes to take effect
systemctl restart httpd
That’s all. Now, we need to lunch the web installer accessing http://yourdomain.com , enter your MySQL information and create administrator user.
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