In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of 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 through the step by step installation 4images Gallery on a Ubuntu 16.04 server.
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/ unzip 4images1.7.13.zip 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:
CREATE DATABASE 4images; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES on 4images.* to '4images_user'@'localhost' identified by 'your_password'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; exit
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> ServerAdmin firstname.lastname@example.org DocumentRoot /var/www/html/ ServerName your-domain.com ServerAlias www.your-domain.com <Directory /var/www/html/> Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Order allow,deny allow from all </Directory> ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-error_log CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log common </VirtualHost>
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 favourite browser and navigate to
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 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.