How To Install Gallery3 on Ubuntu 14.04

install gallery3 on ubuntu 14.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Gallery3 on Ubuntu 14.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Gallery3 is an open-source photo-sharing web application, based on PHP and MySQL. Gallery 3 has intuitive photo management administration and you can use it on your own website no matter whether you’re running a small personal site or a large community portal.

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 the step-by-step installation of Gallery3 on the Ubuntu 14.04 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 14.04, and any other Debian-based.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • 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 Gallery3 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 the 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-gd php5-common php5-mysql php5-mbstring

Next, edit your PHP configuration file and set the following:

### nano /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
short_open_tag = On

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. Configure MySQL Database for Gallery3.

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 Gallery3. 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 Gallery3 software:

mysql> CREATE DATABASE gallery3;
mysql> GRANT ALL ON gallery3.* TO gallery3@localhost IDENTIFIED BY '54YfQndxln';
mysql> \q

Step 4. Install Gallery3.

Download the latest stable version of Gallery3, At the moment of writing this article it is version 3.0.9:

wget -O /tmp/
unzip -d /var/www/html /tmp/
cd /var/www/html/gallery3
chown www-data: -R ../gallery3/

Step 5. Accessing Gallery3.

Gallery3 will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://your-server-ip/gallery3 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.

Install Gallery3 on Ubuntu 14.04

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Gallery3. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Gallery3 in Ubuntu 14.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Gallery3 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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