Install Zurmo CRM with Apache, MySQL and PHP on an Ubuntu VPS

100308-1409090511-965987In this article we will guide you through the installation of Zurmo CRM on an Ubuntu VPS with Apache, MySQL and PHP. Zurmo is free and relatively new open source Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application. What set Zurmo apart from the other CRMs is the gamification. It uses game mechanics to reward the user usage of the application.

Zurmo comes with many features such as:

  • Contact Management
  • Activity Management
  • Deal Tracking
  • Reporting
  • Product Management

and many more…

Login to your server as user root

ssh root@IP

First of all update your Ubuntu’s package lists and install the software updates using the following commands:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

Install Apache web server on your Ubuntu VPS executing the following command

apt-get install apache2

Install PHP and required PHP modules:

apt-get install php5 php5-cli php5-common php5-dev php5-mysql php5-gd php5-imap php5-mcrypt

Enable Mcrypt and IMAP PHP extensions

php5enmod mcrypt
php5enmod imap

Open the PHP configuration file and increase the values of ‘upload_max_filesize’ and ‘post_max_size’ to 20 MB. To find the location of the php.ini file execute the following:

php --ini
Configuration File (php.ini) Path: /etc/php5/cli
Loaded Configuration File:         /etc/php5/cli/php.ini

So we need to modify the /etc/php5/cli/php.ini file.

vi /etc/php5/cli/php.ini
upload_max_filesize = 20M
post_max_size = 20M

Next, install MySQL server

apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client

After the installation of the MySQL server is completed, it is recommended to run the ‘mysql_secure_installation’ script to secure your MySQL server.


Create a new MySQL database for Zurmo

mysql -u root -p

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

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

Download the latest stable release of Zurmo from their official website


and unpack the downloaded zip archive to the document root directory on your server

unzip -d /var/www/html/

The Zurmo files have to be owned by the apache user.

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/zurmo/

Create Apache virtual host directive for Zurmo

vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/zurmo/
<Directory /var/www/html/zurmo/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

Enable the virtual host files


Restart the web server for the changes to take effect:

service apache2 restart

Now, open in a web browser to run the web installer. It will check if all requirements are installed on your server. On the next screen fill the setup form with the credentials of your MySQL database and set a password for superadmin for Zurmo.

More information on how to configure and use Zurmo you can find in their official documentation,

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

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