How To Install Collabtive on Ubuntu 14.04

Install Collabtive on Ubuntu 14.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Collabtive on Ubuntu 14.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Collabtive is an open-source web-based project management software. The main features of Collabtive are task lists, milestones, time tracking, messaging / instant messaging, file management, role-based user permissions, reporting, exporting, calendaring and multilingual interface.

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. I will show you through the step-by-step installation Collabtive on Ubuntu 14.04 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 14.04.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Collabtive on Ubuntu 14.04

Step 1. First of all, make sure that all packages are up to date.

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Install LAMP server and include some PHP extensions.

sudo apt-get install apache2 
sudo apt-get install mysql-server 
sudo apt-get install php5 php5-cli php5-common php5-mysql php5-mbstring

Start service Apache web server and MySQL also enable it to start on boot of the server:

/etc/init.d/apache2 start
/etc/init.d/mysql start

Step 3. Install Collabtive.

Download the latest stable version of Collabtive, At the moment of writing this article it is version 2.1.1:
unzip -o -d /var/www/collabtive/

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown -R www-data /var/www/collabtive/
chmod +w  /var/www/collabtive/config/standard/config.php
chmod +w  /var/www/collabtive/files
chmod +w  /var/www/collabtive/templates_c

Step 4. Configure MySQL Database for Collabtive.

By default, MySQL is not hardened. You can secure MySQL 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 MySQL.


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

mysql -u root -p

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MySQL root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for the Collabtive software:

mysql> CREATE DATABASE collabtivedb;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON collabtivedb.* TO 'collabtiveuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
mysql> quit

Step 5. Configure Apache webserver.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache:

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/collabtive.conf

Then, run the following command:

ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/collabtive.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/collabtive.conf

Next, use the a2ensite to enable the ‘collabtive.conf’ configuration in Apache:

a2ensite collabtive.conf

Edit the ‘collabtive.conf’ configuration file:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/collabtive.conf

Add the following lines to it:

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

Restart the Apache service for the changes to take effect:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Step 5. Accessing Collabtive.

Collabtive project management will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip/install.php 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. For security reasons, it is recommended to delete ‘install.php’ and ‘update.php’ files:

rm-rf /var/www/collabtive/install.php
rm-rf /var/www/collabtive/update.php

Once complete installation, Log in to the Administrator back-end area at to configure Collabtive according to your needs, extend the functionality of your installation with plugins, etc.

Install Collabtive on Ubuntu 14.04

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Collabtive. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing collaborative project management on Ubuntu 14.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Collabtive website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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