How To Install Zurmo CRM on Ubuntu 15.04

Install Zurmo CRM on Ubuntu 15.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Zurmo CRM on your Ubuntu 15.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Zurmo is an Open Source Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application that is mobile, social, and gamified. Zurmo uses a test-driven methodology for building every part of the application. This means you can create and maintain a custom-built CRM system or platform with the assurance that future updates are not going to break your installation.

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 Zurmo CRM on the Ubuntu 15.04 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 15.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • 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 Zurmo CRM on Ubuntu 15.04

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Install the LAMP server.

A Ubuntu 15.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install the required PHP modules:

apt-get install php5 php5-cli php5-common php5-dev php5-mysql php5-gd php5-imap php5-mcrypt

Enable Mcrypt and IMAP PHP extensions:

php5enmod mcrypt
php5enmod imap

Step 3. Install Zurmo CRM.

Download the latest stable version of Zurmo, At the moment of writing this article it is version 3.0.5:

unzip -d /var/www/html/

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/zurmo/

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 Zurmo. 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 Zurmo installation:

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

Next, we need to modify the /etc/php5/cli/php.ini file:

php --ini
### nano /etc/php5/cli/php.ini
upload_max_filesize = 20M
post_max_size = 20M

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Zurmo.

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

### nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/zurmo/
<Directory /var/www/html/zurmo/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

Enable the virtual host files:


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

systemctl restart apache2.service
systemctl restart mariadb.service

Step 5. Accessing Zurmo CRM.

Zurmo will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip 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 Zurmo CRM. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Zurmo Open Source Customer Relationship Management (CRM) in Ubuntu 15.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Zurmo CRM 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, 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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