How To Install Oxwall on CentOS 7

Install Oxwall on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Oxwall on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Oxwall is an open-source social networking software platform that is very flexible and very easy to use. It is written in PHP and uses MySQL as a database to store its data. Many plugins are available in the Oxwall Store in order to improve the basic functionality of the social networking platform. Oxwall is used for a wide range of projects starting from family sites and custom social networks to collaboration tools and enterprise community solutions.

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 Oxwall on the CentOS 7 server.


  • 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.
  • 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 Oxwall 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. Install Oxwall.

Download the latest stable version of Oxwall, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.8.0:

mkdir /opt/oxwall
cd /opt/oxwall 
wget https://github.com/oxwall/oxwall/archive/refs/tags/core-1.8.7.zip
unzip core-1.8.7.zip
mv /opt/oxwall /var/www/html/

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/oxwall

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.


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 Oxwall. 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 Oxwall installation:

MariaDB > CREATE DATABASE oxwall_db;
MariaDB > GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES on oxwall_db.* to 'oxwall_user'@'localhost' identified by 'YoUrPaS$w0rD';
MariaDB > exit

Now, we can restart Apache and MariaDB so that the changes take place:

systemctl restart httpd.service
systemctl restart mariadb.service

Step 5. Accessing Oxwall.

Oxwall will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. To access the Oxwall installation via the web and continue with the online instructions you need to edit the configuration of your web server and set up your domain name’s document root to point to the Oxwall installation directory. In this case, the Oxwall installation directory is /var/www/html/oxwall. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com/install or http://server-ip/install 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 Oxwall. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Oxwall open-source social networking in CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Oxwall 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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