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 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 the step-by-step installation of Lychee on Ubuntu 14.04.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 14.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • 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 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:


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 lycheeuser@'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>
   DocumentRoot /var/www/html/lychee/
      <Directory /var/www/html/lychee/>
         Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
         AllowOverride All
         Order allow,deny
         allow from all
   ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
   CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

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

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 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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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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