How to Install ProjectPier on a CentOS 7 VPS

projectpier vpsIn this tutorial we will show you how to install ProjectPier on a CentOS VPS with Apache, PHP and MariaDB.
ProjectPier is an open source project management and group collaboration software which allows developers and users to create and manage multiple projects online using a web browser.
In order to install ProjectPier on your server, you need to make sure it meets the following requirements:

  • PHP 5.2 or higher with the following PHP extensions enabled: GD, MySQL and SimpleXML;
  • Apache Web Server 2.0 or higher installed on your virtual server and compiled with mod_rewrite module;
  • MySQL (MariaDB) with InnoDB support.

Make sure that all services are up to date by executing the following command:

yum -y update

Install the required packages:

yum install mariadb mariadb-server httpd php php-common php-gd php-ldap php-xml

Start the Apache web server and MariaDB database server and enable them to start on boot:

systemctl start httpd
systemctl start mariadb

systemctl enable httpd
systemctl enable mariadb

Download the latest stable version of ProjectPier at to the ‘/opt’ directory on the server. Then, extract it and move the ProjectPier files and directories to the ‘/var/www/html/projectpier’ directory. At the time of writing this tutorial, the latest stable version of ProjectPier is 0.8.8.

cd /opt/
mkdir -p /var/www/html/projectpier
unzip -d /var/www/html/projectpier pp088wSP2*.zip

Configure your server to support InnoDB, if it is not set by default. To do so, edit the ‘/etc/my.cnf’ MySQL configuration file and the comment the skip-innodb line by adding # in front of it (i.e. #skip-innodb). Then, increase the max_allowed_packet variable to 128MB by adding this line to ‘/etc/my.cnf’ file:

max_allowed_packet = 128M

Restart MariaDB for the changes to take effect:

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systemctl restart mariadb

Create a new database and a new username and password for the ProjectPier database:

mysql -uroot -p
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE projectpier CHARACTER SET utf8;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON projectpier.* TO 'projectpier'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your_projectpier_passwd';
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Edit the Apache configuration file (/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf) and create a new virtual host in Apache:

vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80>
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/projectpier"
ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/"
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/" combined
<Directory "/var/www/html/">
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

Restart the Apache service for the changes to take effect:

systemctl restart httpd

The webserver user (Apache) needs to be able to write to ‘cache/autoloader.php’ and ‘cache/log.php’ files and ‘cache’, ‘upload’, ‘config’ and ‘tmp’ directories so you can easily accomplish that by executing the following command:

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

Open in your favorite web browser to run the ProjectPier installer, then follow the installer’s instructions: check if all ProjectPier requirements are met, enter the database username and password, create an administrator account and click ‘submit’ to complete the installation.
That is it. The ProjectPier installation is now complete. Log in to the administrator back-end using the newly created administrator account and create new projects via ProjectPier.


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2 thoughts on “How to Install ProjectPier on a CentOS 7 VPS”

  1. i cant find the installation setup file in the unzipped folder and also i am using wampserver2.5 which in its my.ini file, thier is no line like skip-innodb

  2. There is no such file, to run the installer you need to open http://localhost/public/install in your web browser . As for the InnoDB, it seams that your MySQL server supports InnoDB by default.


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