How To 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 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.

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

Start LAMP service, enable to start on boot:

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 steps carefully which will set 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:

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:

Step 4. Configure PHP for Lychee.

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

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’:

Add the following lines:

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

Step 5. Install Lychee.

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

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

Step 6. Accessing Lychee.

Lychee will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip/lychee and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulation’s! 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 web site.

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