How To Install CachetHQ on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install CachetHQ on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration CachetHQ on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, CachetHQ makes it simple to create a status page for your application, service or network and it’s based on Laravel framework.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation CachetHQ on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.

Install CachetHQ on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP) server.

A Ubuntu 16.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install all required PHP modules:

Step 3. Configuring MariaDB for CachetHQ.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each step carefully which will set a root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

Configure it like this:

Next, we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the CachetHQ. Run the following command:

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for CachetHQ installation:

Step 4. Installing CachetHQ.

First, download the source code with Git:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

Configuring a database:

Rename the .env.example file to .env using the following command:

Open the .env file and change the following lines:

Step 5. Installing Composer.

Composer is a dependency manager for PHP with which you can install packages. Composer will pull in all the required libraries and dependencies you need for your project:

Set the application key:
Before going any further, we need to set the APP_KEY config. This is used for all encryption used in Cachet:

Cachet comes with an installation command that will:

  • Run migrations
  • Run seeders (of which there are none)

Step 6. Configuring Apache web server for CachetHQ.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘cachet.conf’ on your virtual server:

Add the following lines:

Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effects:

Step 7. Accessing CachetHQ.

Cachet will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favourite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip and complete the required steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed CachetHQ. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing CachetHQ on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official CachetHQ website.

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