How To Install ProjectPier on CentOS 7

Install ProjectPier on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ProjectPier on CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, ProjectPier is an open-source community aimed at developing simple, powerful, and intuitive software for web-based project management and group collaboration. ProjectPier gives you a flexible system for managing projects involving multiple organizations by providing a central place for all project activity and information while integrating with users’ existing tools. ProjectPier is freely available and licensed under the Gnu Affero General Public License (AGPL), which means you’re welcome to use and modify the software as long as any changes are distributed under the same license restrictions.

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 ProjectPier on 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.
  • 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 ProjectPier on CentOS 7

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

yum -y update

Step 2. Install the LAMP server and include some PHP extensions.

yum install mariadb mariadb-server httpd php php-common php-gd php-ldap php-xml

Start service Apache web server and MariaDB also enable it to start on boot of the server:

systemctl start httpd
systemctl start mariadb
systemctl enable httpd
systemctl enable mariadb

Step 3. Configuring MariaDB for ProjectPier.

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.


Next, we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the forum. 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 the ProjectPier software:

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON projectpier.* TO 'projectpier'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your_projectpier_passwd';

Configure your server to support InnoDB, if it is not set by default, and increase the max_allowed_packet variable to 128MB

###nano /etc/my.cnf
 max_allowed_packet = 128M

Step 4. Install ProjectPier.

Download the latest stable version of ProjectPier, At the moment of writing this article it is version 0.8.8:

cd /opt/
wget http://www.projectpier.org/files/pp088wSP2_2014-08-14.zip
mkdir -p /var/www/html/projectpier
unzip -d /var/www/html/projectpier pp088wSP2*.zip

Step 5. Configure Apache web server for ProjectPier.

Create a new virtual host in Apache:

###nano /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80>
ServerAdmin webmaster@your-domain.com
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/projectpier"
ServerName your-domain.com
ServerAlias www.your-domain.com
ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/your-domain.com-error_log"
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/your-domain.com-access_log" combined
<Directory "/var/www/html/your-domain.com/">
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

Restart the Apache service for the changes to take effect:

systemctl restart httpd

We will need to change some folders permissions:

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

Step 6. Accessing ProjectPier.

ProjectPier will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com/public/install or http://server-ip/public/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.

Install ProjectPier on CentOS 7

Congratulations! You have successfully installed ProjectPier. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing ProjectPier on CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official ProjectPier 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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