How To Install osCommerce on CentOS 7


In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of osCommerce on your CentOS 7 server.  For those of you who didn’t know, Open Source Commerce (osCommerce) is a complete self-hosted online store solution that contains both a catalog frontend and an administration tool backend which can be easily installed and configured through a web-based installation procedure. It is available as free software under the GNU General Public License.

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 osCommerce 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.
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for osCommerce.
  • 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 osCommerce 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 osCommerce.

The first thing to do is to go to osCommerce’s download page and download the latest stable version of osCommerce, At the moment of writing this article it is version 2.3.4:

wget http://www.oscommerce.com/files/oscommerce-2.3.4.zip

Unpack the osCommerce archive to the document root directory on your server:

unzip oscommerce-2.3.4.zip
mv oscommerce-2.3.4 /var/www/html/

Rename the directory according to your needs. In our case we will change the name to OSCommerce:

mv /var/www/html/oscommerce-2.3.4/ /var/www/html/oscommerce/

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chmod 777 /var/www/html/oscommerce/catalog/includes/configure.php
chmod 777 /var/www/html/oscommerce/catalog/admin/includes/configure.php

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for osCommerce.

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 osCommerce. 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 osCommerce installation:

CREATE USER osCommerceuser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'osCommercepassword';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES on osCommercedb.* to osCommerceuser@localhost ;

Step 5. Accessing osCommerce.

osCommerce will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com/oscommerce/catalog/install/index.php or http://your-server-ip/oscommerce/catalog/install/index.php 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.

Please note that it is recommended to follow the post-installation steps after the completion of the installation procedure to secure your osCommerce Online Merchant online store. One of the steps is to delete the installation files. You can do that with the following commands:

rm /var/www/html/oscommerce/catalog/install
rm -rf /var/www/html/oscommerce/catalog/

Congratulations! You have successfully installed osCommerce. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the osCommerce e-commerce and online store management system on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official osCommerce 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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