How to install The Bug Genie Issue Tracker on a CentOS 7 VPS

the_bug_genieThe following article will explain to you how to install The Bug Genie Issue Tracker on a CentOS 7 VPS.

What is The Bug Genie?

It is a beautiful issue tracking and project management system which has powerful workflows, separate project spaces, project timelines, project hierarchy, intelligent integrated wiki and much more.


System requirements?

The requirements for installing The Bug Genie are the following:

  • Machine to act as a server (our SSD VPS hosting is perfect for this)
  • Webserver with rewrite capabilities
  • PHP 5.3+
  • Database (MySQL. MariaDB or PostreSQL)
  • PHP-GMP extension
  • PHP-GD library
  • PHP-MBSTRING library



Before going any further, ssh to your CentOS 7 SSD VPS, initiate a screen session and upgrade your system using yum:

## screen -U -S buggenie-screen
## yum update



## yum install wget unzip vim



In this tutorial we are going to use the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB and PHP) stack on one of our CentOS SSD VPS hosting plans. So install LAMP by following our great article on how to install LAMP on a CentOS 7 VPS.

Once LAMP is set-up on the system, install the following required packages and restart your webserver using:

## yum install php-gd gmp php-mbstring
## systemctl restart httpd



Since The Bug Genie requires a database to store its data, we would have to set-up a database using the commands below:

## mysql -u root -p

MariaDB> create database the_bug_genie;
MariaDB> grant all on the_bug_genie.* to buggenie@localhost identified by 'STRONG_PASSWORD';
MariaDB> \q



It is recommended to set-up a virtual host directive in your webserver which will be used for accessing The Bug Genie. So, set-up the following in your Apache:

    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/the-bug-genie/thebuggenie
    ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/error_log"
    CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/access_log" combined
    <Directory /var/www/html/the-bug-genie/thebuggenie/>
        DirectoryIndex index.php
        Options FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted
        <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
            RewriteEngine On

make sure you replace some of the values to match your requirements and restart apache for the changes to take effect using:

## systemctl restart httpd



First thing to do, is to go at and download the latest stable version of The Bug Genie. At the time of writing this article, the latest stable version is

Download The Bug Genie archive using wget as in:

## wget -P /tmp

Once the zip archive is downloaded, extract it to /var/www/html/the-bug-genie using the command below:

## unzip -d /var/www/html /tmp/
## mv /var/www/html/thebuggenie- /var/www/html/the-bug-genie

Next, set-up proper ownership using the chown command:

## chown apache: -R /var/www/html/the-bug-genie

and navigate to to initiate the installation of The Bug Genie. You should now follow along with the set-up wizard. If some of the pre-installation checks are not met, make sure you fix any issues before proceeding further. Use the database details in the database information step as shown on the picture below:


Once the installation is completed, an administrator account should have been created for you. Log in using the default credentials:

Username: administrator
Password: admin


Of course you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Linux VPS Hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to install The Bug Genie and LAMP for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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