How To Install Simple Machines Forum on Ubuntu 14.04

Install Simple Machines Forum on Ubuntu 14.04

For those of you who didn’t know, Simple Machines Forum (SMF) is a free, professional-grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes. It is an open-source software which is written in PHP and uses a MySQL/MariaDB database. It provides many features and it is user-friendly.

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 Simple Machines Forum on Ubuntu 14.04.

Install Simple Machines Forum on Ubuntu 14.04

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

apt-get update -y

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) server and include some PHP extension.

apt-get -y install apache2 mysql-server mysql-client php5 php5-mysql php5-gd sendmail

Start Apache and MySQL services:

/etc/init.d/apache2 start
/etc/init.d/mysql start

Step 3. Configuring MySQL.

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.


Create a new MySQL database for Simple Machines on your server:

## mysql -u root -p
CREATE USER 'smf_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'Your_Paasword';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `smf`.* TO 'smf_user'@'localhost';

Step 4. Install the Simple Machines Forum on Ubuntu system.

Download latest version of SMF on your server:

cd /var/www
tar xvfz smf_2-0-9_install.tar.gz
rm -rf smf_2-0-9_install.tar.gz

Grant the right permissions for the folders and files:

chown www-data:www-data /var/www/* -R

Step 5. Accessing the Simple Machines Forum.

SMF will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip. You should see the SMF installer:

Install Simple Machines Forum on Ubuntu 14.04

When you are finished with the installation you should remove install.php from the SMF directory due to security:

rm -rf /var/www/install.php

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Simple Machines Forum. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Simple Machines Forum on Ubuntu 14.04 system.

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