How To Install Elgg on CentOS 6


For those of you who didn’t know, Elgg is an open-source and powerful social networking engine used to create your own social networking web site. It is a PHP-based application and can easily be installed on a Linux VPS.

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 Elgg (Social Networking Platform) on CentOS 6.

Step 1. First, You need to enable EPEL repository on your system.

Step 2. Install LAMP (Apache, PHP and MySQL) on CentOS 6.

Start LAMP service, enable to start on boot:

Step 3. Configuring MySQL for Elgg.

By default, MySQL is not hardened. You can secure MySQL using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each steps carefully which will set 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 the Moodle. Run the following command:

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 Elgg installation:

Step 4. Configuring Apache web server.

Create a new Apache virtual host for Elgg:

Restart your Apache service for the changes to take effect:

Step 5. Install Elgg.

Download the latest stable version of Elgg, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.11.1:

Move the Elgg installation files and directories:

Step 6. Accessing Elgg.

Elgg 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 the steps to finish the installation. Make sure the web server has permission to write to and create directories in /var/www/html/elgg/. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.


Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Elgg. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Elgg social networking engine on CentOS 6 system.

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