How to Install Roadiz CMS on Debian 9

In this tutorial we will show you how to install Roadiz CMS on a Debian 9 VPS.

Roadiz is a polymorphic CMS based on a node system that can handle many types of services. It is based on Symfony components, Doctrine ORM, Twig and Pimple for maximum performance and excellent security. Roadiz uses a node system, which allows you to create your data schema and to organize your content exactly the way you want to. On top of this, themes allow you to make your pages look unique and stand out from the rest. All of this combined leads to an easy-to-use yet sophisticated way to make high-quality websites for many different purposes. Let’s begin with the tutorial.


  • A Debian 9 VPS
  • Access to the root account or to an account with sudo privileges

Step 1: Log in via SSH and Update the System

Log in to your Debian 9 VPS.

ssh root@IP_Address -p Port_number

Replace ‘root’ with the name of your account if you’re not using the root user. You can check whether you have the proper Debian version installed on your server with the following command:

$ lsb_release -a

You should get this output:

Distributor ID: Debian
Description: Debian GNU/Linux 9.9 (Stretch)
Release: 9.9
Codename: stretch

Then, run the following command to make sure that all installed packages on the server are updated to their latest available versions:

$ apt update && apt upgrade

Install the needed packages.

$ apt install -y zip unzip curl wget git

With that out of the way, we can start installing the packages that we’ll need.

Step 2: Install MariaDB

We will use MariaDB as a database engine. We can install the MariaDB server from the Debian 9 base repository using the following command:

$ apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-server-core

If desired, you can further improve the security of your MariaDB server by running a command that will go through a few questions.

$ mysql_secure_installation

For the password, just press your [Enter] key, as no password is set by default. We suggest answering every question with the character ‘Y’ for yes.

Again, we can enable MariaDB to start on boot with the following command:

$ systemctl enable mariadb

That’s it – MariaDB has been installed, set to start on server boot, and made more secure.

Step 3: Create a database for Roadiz CMS

In this section, we will create a new MySQL database roadiz and assign user access to it to a new user roadiz_user with the password Strong_Password:

$ mysql -u root -p
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXISTS `roadiz`;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON roadiz.* TO roadiz_user@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'Strong_Password'; MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES; MariaDB [(none)]> quit

Don’t forget to replace ‘Strong_Password’ with an actual strong password.

Step 4: Install PHP 7.2

Since PHP 7.2 is not available through the built-in repositories, we will use a third-party repo instead. PHP 7.2 can be installed using Ondřej Surý’s PPA – to do this, install the ‘software-properties-common’ and ‘python-software-properties’ packages:

$ apt-get install software-properties-common python-software-properties

Then, add the Ondřej PPA and update your sources:

$ add-apt-repository -y ppa:ondrej/php
$ apt-get update

Install PHP 7.2 using the following command:

$ apt-get install php7.2 php7.2-cli php7.2-common

To install modules related to PHP 7.2, you can use the following command:

$ apt install php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-tidy php7.2-intl php7.2-curl php7.2-zip

Use the following command to check the PHP version currently installed on your server:

$ php -v

You should receive the following output:

PHP 7.2.15-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 (cli) (built: Feb  8 2019 14:54:22) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v7.2.15-0ubuntu0.18.04.1, Copyright (c) 1999-2018, by Zend Technologies

After installing PHP 7.2, run this next command to open the PHP default configuration file for Apache. This command uses ‘nano’ to open the text file, but you can use your preferred text editor.

$ nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini

Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The values below are the settings that we recommend you apply to your environment.

memory_limit = 64M
post_max_size = 16M
upload_max_filesize = 16M
date.timezone = America/St. Louis

Step 5: Install and Configure Apache Web Server

In this part of the tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure Apache to serve your Roadiz application.

Run the following command to install Apache Web Server from the official Debian repositories:

$ apt-get install apache2

Create a new Apache virtual host with the following content. Don’t forget to replace with your actual registered domain name:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/
<VirtualHost *:80>
     DocumentRoot /var/www/roadiz/web

     <Directory /var/www/roadiz/web/>
        Options +FollowSymlinks
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted

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

    <Directory /var/www/roadiz/web/>
            RewriteEngine on
            RewriteBase /
            RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
            RewriteRule ^(.*) index.php [PT,L]

Activate the virtual host by creating a symbolic link :

$ ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/ /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/

Step 6: Install Composer

The composer will pull all of the required libraries you’ll need for your project.

$ curl -sS | php
$ mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

Check the version and make sure it’s as new or newer than the one shown here:

$ composer --version
Composer version 1.8.6 2019-06-11 15:03:05

Step 7: Install Roadiz

Create a document root directory.

$ mkdir -p /var/www/roadiz

Navigate to the document root directory.

$ cd /var/www/roadiz

Install the latest version of Roadiz, using the composer create-project command:

$ composer create-project roadiz/standard-edition .

Change the ownership of the Roadiz files /var/www/roadiz directory to www-data.

$ chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/roadiz

For security reasons, Roadiz uses IP filtering for the install.php file. To be able to access it, run the following command:

$ nano /var/www/roadiz/web/install.php

and add your server’s public IP address to the $allowedIp array.

$allowedIp = [
    '', 'fe80::1', '::1', ':ffff:', '::ffff:',

Now, you can open your preferred web browser and access to continue with the setup.

Roadiz's Installation
Starting the Roadiz installation guide

Roadiz needs a database to store all your content. You could select your favorite database driver and configure it.

Database setup
Adding your database info

We are going to import base contents and parameters for your website.

Import base contents
Importing configuration files and settings

Then enter basic information about your site:

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Entering basic info for your site

Create a user to access the dashboard:

Create user
Creating a new user

Now the Roadiz installation is completed!

Roadiz has been installed
Roadiz is successfully installed

You can remove the install.php script from the Roadiz folder and access to your fresh website without it.

$ rm /var/www/roadiz/web/install.php

Our Roadiz installation is now complete.  You have successfully installed Roadiz on your Debian 9 VPS.

That’s it. If you followed all of the instructions properly now you should be able to access your Roadiz CMS installation on your Debian 9 server.

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