Install Orangescrum on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Orangescrum on Ubuntu 16.04

We’ll show you, How to Install Orangescrum on Ubuntu 16.04. Orangescrum is a free and open source project management and collaboration application, ideal for small and medium businesses. With this application, you can easily create and manage your projects, teams, documents, and tasks and communicate with the other team members on your important issues. Installing Orangescrum on Ubuntu 16.04, is not so complicated and should take less than 10 minutes.

Orangescrum comes with very useful features such as

  • Interactive summary of projects
  • Visual representation
  • All in one screen
  • Project demonstrate
    and much more…

In this tutorial we will install Orangescrum with Apache, PHP and MariaDB on one of our Ubuntu virtual servers.

Orangescrum provides various features like agile project management, collaboration, issue tracking, notifications, reporting, task management, and traditional project management functionality for small/medium businesses.

1. Login via SSH

Login to your Ubuntu server as user root

ssh root@IP_address

2. Update the System

And run the following command from your terminal to make sure that all installed packages are up to date

apt-get update && apt-get -y upgrade

3. Install Apache Web Server

A web server is required for running Orangescrum. Install Apache web server

apt-get install apache2

4. Install PHP

Orangescrum supports PHP 5.5, so we will need to install the following packages in order to add the ‘sergey-dryabzhinsky/php55’ and ‘sergey-dryabzhinsky/packages’ repository

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

Add both repositories using ‘add-apt-repository’

add-apt-repository ppa:sergey-dryabzhinsky/php55
add-apt-repository ppa:sergey-dryabzhinsky/packages

Update the package list

apt-get update

Install PHP 5.5 and the required PHP 5.5 packages for Orangescrum

apt-get install php55-common libapache2-mod-php55 php55-mod-curl php55-mod-gd php55-mod-mysql php55-mod-mcrypt

Enable the PHP5.5 module in the Apache web server

a2enmod php55

Restart the Apache web server

service apache2 restart

5. Install MariaDB Database Server

A database is required for running Orangescrum, so we will need to install MariaDB database server

apt-get install -y mariadb-server

6. Secure MariaDB Installation

Once the MariaDB installation is completed, run the ‘mysql_secure_installation’ script to secure the database server and set a root password


7. Create New Database

Create a new database and user for Orangescrum

[user]$ mysql -u root -p

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE orangescrum;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON orangescrum.* TO 'orangescrumuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Do not forget to change ‘PASSWORD’ with an actual, strong password. It is best to use a combination of letters and numbers and minimum 10 characters long.

8. Download Orangescrum and Unpack it

Download Orangescrum to your server


Unpack it to your document root directory

unzip -d /var/www/html

All Orangescrum files are directory will be unpacked in a new ‘orangescrum-master’ directory. We will rename it to something simpler

mv /var/www/html/orangescrum-master/ /var/www/html/orangescrum

Change the ownership of the directory.

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

9. Import the Orangescrum Data

Now, change the current working directory and import the Orangescrum data from the database.sql dump file into the newly created MariaDB database

cd /var/www/html/orangescrum/
mysql -u orangescrumuser -p orangescrum < database.sql

10. Configure Orangescrum

Open and modify the ‘database.php’ file to update the database information

vim app/Config/database.php

public $default = array(
'datasource' => 'Database/Mysql',
'persistent' => false,
'host' => 'localhost',
'login' => 'orangescrumuser',
'password' => 'PASSWORD',
'database' => 'orangescrum',
'prefix' => '',
'encoding' => 'utf8',

Save and close the file.

Now, edit the ‘constants.php’ file and update the WEB_DOMAIN, FROM_EMAIL_NOTIFY and SUPPORT_EMAIL fields.

vim app/Config/constants.php

define("WEB_DOMAIN", ""); //ex.
define('SUPPORT_EMAIL', ''); //(REQUIRED) From Email

and save the file.

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Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. To do that, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘orangescrum.conf’ on your virtual server:

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/orangescrum.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/orangescrum.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/orangescrum.conf
vim /etc/apache2/sites-available/orangescrum.conf

with the following content

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/orangescrum/
<Directory /var/www/html/orangescrum/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

11. Restart and Verify the Installation

Once it is done, restart the web server for the changes to take effect

service apache2 restart

Now, access in your favorite browser and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the Orangescrum installation.

You can check Orangescrum’s official documentation for more information about the application.

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9 thoughts on “Install Orangescrum on Ubuntu 16.04”

  1. Hello i follow your auto and i got :
    ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user ‘x2crmuser’@’localhost’ (using password: YES)

    • Hi Gorki,

      You should make sure that you entered the correct MySLQ information (login, password, database) in the ‘app/Config/database.php’ file.

  2. Me again… multiple attempts at setting up a fresh ubuntu 16 vbox.
    unzip master.php -d /var/www/html should be zip instead.

    just a comment, had to install unzip and had to look up how to exit vim.

    Also still can’t get it to work. I got permission issues and had to chown some directories. and now I’m stuck on the 4 simple steps to get started with Orangescrum page. wasn’t sure if (the utf8_unicode_ci` collation) requirement is an issue

  3. vim app/Config/constants.php
    define(“WEB_DOMAIN”, “”); //ex. —– i don’t have any domains
    define(‘FROM_EMAIL_NOTIFY’, ‘’); //(REQUIRED)—- can i give my email id gmail’s??
    define(‘SUPPORT_EMAIL’, ‘’); //(REQUIRED) From Email can i give my email id -gmail’s???

  4. This shouldn’t work… Orangescrum use CakePHP 2.x which isn’t PHP7 complient.
    You give “wget” link, which is the latest release. What version did you use to wrote this tutorial ? I’m stuck with another version, but because of PHP7 :(

    • We have updated the blog post to include installation instructions for PHP 5.5 which should be supported by the CakePHP version used in Orangescrum. Please try to install Orangescrum using the new installation instructions.


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