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 server. For those of you who didn’t know, InvoicePlane is an open-source software which 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 through the step by step installation InvoicePlane in CentOS 7 server.

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 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.

mysql_secure_installation

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';
FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
\q

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
 </Directory>
 ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-error_log
 CustomLog /var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log common
</VirtualHost>

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

systemctl restart httpd.service

Step 6. Accessing InvoicePlane.

InvoicePlane will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favourite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/setup or http://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 to check the official InvoicePlane website.

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