How To Install 4images Gallery on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure 4images Gallery on your Ubuntu 16.04 server.  For those of you who didn’t know, 4images is a photo gallery where you can upload and manage your artwork, photos, and other images. This is perfect for displaying your photo album, art gallery, or even distributing desktop wallpaper for your visitors to download. 4images Gallery is free for private and non-commercial use.

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 and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation 4images Gallery on a Ubuntu 16.04 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for 4images Gallery.
  • 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 4images Gallery on Ubuntu 16.04

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

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP)  server.

A Ubuntu 16.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install all required PHP modules:

sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mcrypt php5-mysql php5-gd php5-curl

Step 3. Installing the 4images Gallery on Ubuntu.

The first thing to do is to go to  4images Gallery’s download page and download the latest stable version of 4images Gallery, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.7.13.

Unpack the 4images Gallery archive to the document root directory on your server:

mkdir -p /var/www/html/
cd /var/www/html/
cd 4images
cp -a * ..

We will need to change some folders permissions:

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

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for 4images Gallery.

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 the 4images Gallery. 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 4images Gallery installation:

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES on 4images.* to '4images_user'@'localhost' identified by 'your_password';

Step 4. Configuring Apache web server for 4images Gallery.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘4images.conf’ on your virtual server:

sudo a2enmod rewrite
touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/4images.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/4images.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/4images.conf
nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/4images.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/
<Directory /var/www/html/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

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

systemctl restart apache2.service

Step 6. Accessing 4images Gallery.

4images Gallery will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://your-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.

Install 4images Gallery on Ubuntu 16.04
Install 4images Gallery on Ubuntu 16.04

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the 4images Gallery. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing 4images Gallery on your Ubuntu 16.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official 4images Gallery 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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