How To Install InvoicePlane on CentOS 7

Install InvoicePlane on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of InvoicePlane on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, InvoicePlane is open-source software that was built to offer a free application for client management, invoicing, and payment tracking.  It is used by many companies and freelancers worldwide to manage their complete billing circle.

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 the step-by-step installation InvoicePlane in CentOS 7.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • 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 InvoicePlane on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum -y update

Step 2. Install the LAMP server.

A CentOS 7 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here.

Step 3. Installing InvoicePlane.

The first thing to do is to go to InvoicePlane’s download page and download the latest stable version of InvoicePlane, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.4.3:

cd /var/www/html/
mkdir invoiceplane
wget https://invoiceplane.com/download/v1.4.3
unzip v1.4.3*

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown -R apache: invoiceplane/

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB.

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:

- Set root password? [Y/n] y
- Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y
- Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] y
- Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y
- Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y

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

mysql -u root -p

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 InvoicePlane installation:

CCREATE DATABASE invoiceplane;
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON invoiceplane.* TO 'invoiceplane'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'YoUrPaSsWoRd';

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for InvoicePlane.

We will create an Apache virtual host for your InvoicePlane website. Edit your ‘/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf’ file using a text editor of your choice:

nano /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
 ServerAdmin admin@yourdomain.com
 DocumentRoot /var/www/html/invoiceplane
 ServerName yourdomain.com
 ServerAlias www.yourdomain.com
 <Directory /var/www/html/invoiceplane/>
 Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
 AllowOverride All
 Order allow,deny
 allow from all
 ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-error_log
 CustomLog /var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log common

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

systemctl restart httpd.service

Step 6. Accessing InvoicePlane.

InvoicePlane will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/setup or http://your-server-ip/setup 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 InvoicePlane. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing InvoicePlane on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official InvoicePlane 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 idroot.us, 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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