How To Install Lychee on Ubuntu 14.04

Install Lychee on Ubuntu 14.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Lychee on your Ubuntu 14.04 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Lychee is a free and open-source photo management app, to be run on your server. Installing is a matter of seconds. Upload, manage and share photos like from a native application. Lychee comes with everything you need and all your photos are stored securely.

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 of Lychee on Ubuntu 14.04.

Install Lychee on Ubuntu 14.04

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

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common git

Step 2. Install LAMP (Apache, PHP, and MySQL) in Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install apache2 php5 php5-cli php5-gd php5-mysqlnd php5-curl php5-json

Start LAMP service, enable to start on boot:

service mysql start
service apache2 start

Step 3. Configuring MySQL for Lychee.

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:

mysql_secure_installation

Next, we will need to log in to the MySQL console and create a database for the Lychee. 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 Magento installation:

### mysql -u root -p 
mysql> create database lychee;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON lychee. * TO [email protected]'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
mysql> flush privileges;
mysql> quit

Step 4. Configure PHP for Lychee.

To use Lychee without restrictions, we recommend increasing the values of the following properties in php.ini:

### nano /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
max_execution_time = 200
post_max_size = 100M
upload_max_size = 100M
upload_max_filesize = 20M
memory_limit = 256M

Step 5. Configure Apache web server for Lychee.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘lychee.conf‘:

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

Add the following lines:

VirtualHost *:80>
   ServerAdmin [email protected]
   DocumentRoot /var/www/html/lychee/
   ServerName your-domain.com
   ServerAlias www.your-domain.com
      <Directory /var/www/html/lychee/>
         Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
         AllowOverride All
         Order allow,deny
         allow from all
      </Directory>
   ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-error_log
   CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log common
</VirtualHost>

Restart Apache for the changes to take effect using the following command:

service apache2 restart

Step 5. Install Lychee.

Clone the latest stable version of Lychee, At the moment of writing this article it is version 3.0:

cd /var/www/html/lychee
git clone https://github.com/electerious/Lychee.git

Change the owner of the folder to the Web server user (www-data):

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/lychee

Step 6. Accessing Lychee.

Lychee will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com/lychee 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 Lychee. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Lychee self-hosted photo management on Ubuntu 14.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Lychee website.

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