How To Install Zikula on CentOS 7

Install Zikula on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Zikula on CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Zikula is an open-source PHP application framework and CMS released under the GNU General Public License. The functionality of this PHP application framework and CMS can be expanded using modules and plugins.

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 Zikula 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 useror 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 Zikula 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.

Step 3. Install Zikula.

Download the latest stable version of Zikula CMS, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.4.0:

cd /opt
tar -xzvf Zikula_Core-1.4.0.build658.tar.gz
mv Zikula_Core-1.4.0 zikula && mv zikula /var/www/html/ && cd /var/www/html/zikula

We will need to change some folders permissions:

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

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 the Zikula. 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 Zikula installation:

mysql> CREATE DATABASE zikula_db;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES on zikula_db.* to 'zikula_user'@'localhost' identified by 'YoUrPaS$w0rD';
mysql> exit

Step 5. Accessing Zikula.

Zikula content management system will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://your-server-ip/install.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.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Zikula. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Zikula content management system in CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Zikula website.

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