How To Install ZenPhoto on CentOS 7

Install ZenPhoto on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of ZenPhoto on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, ZenPhoto is a free and open-source standalone content management system (CMS) for creating gallery-focused websites. Zenphoto features support for various media formats and integrated blog and custom pages. Zenphoto is the ideal CMS for the personal websites of illustrators, artists, designers, photographers, filmmakers, and musicians.

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 ZenPhoto on 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 ZenPhoto on CentOS 7

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

yum - 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. Also Install ImageMagic package and ImageMagic PHP extension:

yum install ImageMagick
pecl install imagick
echo "extension=imagick.so" > /etc/php.d/imagick.ini

Step 3. Install ZenPhoto.

Download the latest stable version of ZenPhoto, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.4.9:

mkdir /var/www/html/katana
wget https://github.com/zenphoto/zenphoto/archive/zenphoto-1.4.9.zip
unzip enphoto-1.4.9.zip -d /var/www/html/
mv zenphoto-zenphoto-1.4.9/ zenphoto

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown -R apache:apache zenphoto

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB.

By default, MariaDB 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 MariaDB.


Next, we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for ZenPhoto. 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 ZenPhoto installation:

CREATE USER 'zenphotouser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `zenphoot`.* TO 'zenphotouser'@'localhost';

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for ZenPhoto.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache with the following content:

nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf
IncludeOptional vhosts.d/*.conf

Next, create the virtual host Apache:

###nano /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/yourdomain.com.conf

<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80>
ServerAdmin webmaster@yourdomain.com
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/zenphoto/"
ServerName yourdomain.com
ServerAlias www.yourdomain.com
ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-error_log"
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined

<Directory "/var/www/html/zenphoto/">
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

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

systemctl restart httpd.service

Step 6. Accessing ZenPhoto Gallery CMS.

ZenPhoto will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/ or http://server-ip-address 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 ZenPhoto. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing ZenPhoto Gallery CMS on CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official ZenPhoto 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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