Install Craft CMS on CentOS 7

ikJdiVZj_400x400Craft is a content management system (CMS) designed for publishers who want more control and more powerful performances from their CMS. It is a PHP based application build on Yii framework. In this tutorial we will install Craft on a CentOS 7 VPS with Apache, PHP and MariaDB.

In order to run Craft your server needs to meet the following requirements:

  • PHP 5.3.0 or later
  • MySQL server 5.1.0 or later
  • A web server (Apache, Nginx, IIS)
  • 32MB or more memory allocated to PHP
  • 20MB or more free disk space
  • 1MB or more database space

Installing Craft is very easy. First of all log in to your server as user root and make sure that all packages are up to date by executing the following command

yum -y update

Run the following command to install MariaDB database server

yum install mariadb mariadb-server

Start the MariaDB database server and enable it to start at the boot time

systemctl start mariadb
systemctl enable mariadb

Run the ‘mysql_secure_installation’ script to secure the database server and set your MariaDB root password

Log in to the MariaDB server using the ‘root’ user and create new database and user for Craft.

mysql -u root -p

CREATE USER 'craftuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `craft`.* TO 'craftuser'@'localhost';

Don’t forget to replace ‘PASSWORD’ with a strong password.

Next, we will install Apache web server

yum install httpd

Same as we did with MariaDB, start the Apache web server and add it to automatically start on the system start-up

systemctl start httpd
systemctl enable httpd

Craft is PHP based application, so we need to install PHP among with few PHP modules

yum install php php-pdo php-common php-mcrypt php-mbstring

Download the latest stable release of Craft from their official website.


Unpack the downloaded zip archive.


The archive contains two directories ‘craft/’ and ‘public/’ . It is recommended to move the ‘craft/’ directory above the document root directory.

mv craft/ /var/www/

And move the ‘public/’ directory to the document root directory on your server and change your current working directory.

mv public/ /var/www/html/
cd /var/www/html/
mv public/ craft/

If you are not sure where is your document root directory you can use the following command to find out

grep -i '^documentroot' /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html"

Change the ownership

chown -R apache:apache craft/

Now, we need to tell Craft how to connect to the MariaDB database. Opoen the db.conf file and enter the database information:

vim ../../craft/config/db.php

'server' => 'localhost',
'user' => 'craftuser',
'password' => 'PASSWORD',
'database' => 'craft',
'tablePrefix' => 'craft',

Rename the htacces file located in the ‘public/’ directory

mv public/htaccess public/.htaccess

Next, create Apache virtual host for your domain. Create ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ directory with the following content

vim /etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf

IncludeOptional vhosts.d/*.conf

and create the virtual host

vim /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/

<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80>
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/craft/"
ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/"
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/" combined

<Directory "/var/www/html/craft/">
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

Restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect.

systemctl restart httpd

Now, load Craft’s administrator panel at to finish the installation.

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 Craft for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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