How To Install Bolt CMS on CentOS 7

Install Bolt CMS on Centos 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Bolt CMS on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Bolt CMS is a lightweight open source Content Management Tool, written in PHP and it’s built upon the Silex frame.

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 of Bolt CMS on a 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 Bolt CMS on Centos 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum -y update

Step 2. Install the LEMP server.

A CentOS 7 LEMP stack server is required. If you do not have LEMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install the required PHP modules:

yum install php-gd php-imap php-ldap php-odbc php-pear php-xml php-xmlrpc php-mbstring php-mcrypt php-mssql php-snmp php-soap php-tidy curl curl-devel

Step 3. Installing Composer.

Download and install Composer by executing the following command:

curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php
mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

Step 4. Installing Bolt CMS.

Install Bolt CMS using the “composer create-project” command:

composer create-project bolt/composer-install:^3.3 /var/www/boltchedelics --prefer-dist

The installer will ask you if you want to use Bolt’s standard folder structure. Choose “yes” and proceed with the installation.

By default, Bolt is configured to use an SQLite database, since we will be using a MySQL database we need to change the settings in app/config/config.yml file and enter the details of the database we created previously:

nano /var/www/boltchedelics/app/config/config.yml
# database:
# driver: sqlite
# databasename: bolt

 driver: mysql
 username: bolt
 password: your_bolt_passwd
 databasename: bolt

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown -R nginx: /var/www/boltchedelics
find /var/www/boltchedelics -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
find /var/www/boltchedelics -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

Step 5. Configure Nginx Web Server for Bolt CMS.

Create a new Nginx virtual host:

nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/boltchedelics.conf

Add the following lines:

server {
 listen 80;
 server_name boltchedelics;

root /var/www/boltchedelics/public;
 index index.php;

access_log /var/log/nginx/boltchedelics.access.log;
 error_log /var/log/nginx/boltchedelics.error.log;

location / {
 try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;

location = /bolt {
 try_files $uri /index.php?$query_string;

location ^~ /bolt/ {
 try_files $uri /index.php?$query_string;
 location ^~ /thumbs {
 try_files $uri /index.php; #?$query_string;
 access_log off;
 log_not_found off;
 expires max;
 add_header Pragma public;
 add_header Cache-Control "public, mustrevalidate, proxy-revalidate";
 add_header X-Koala-Status sleeping;
 location ~* ^.+\.(?:atom|bmp|bz2|css|doc|eot|exe|gif|gz|ico|jpe?g|jpeg|jpg|js|map|mid|midi|mp4|ogg|ogv|otf|png|ppt|rar|rtf|svg|svgz|tar|tgz|ttf|wav|woff|xls|zip)$ {
 access_log off;
 log_not_found off;
 expires max;
 add_header Pragma public;
 add_header Cache-Control "public, mustrevalidate, proxy-revalidate";
 add_header X-Koala-Status eating;
 location = /(?:favicon.ico|robots.txt) {
 log_not_found off;
 access_log off;

 location ~ /index.php/(.*) {
 rewrite ^/index.php/(.*) /$1 permanent;

location ~ /\. {
 deny all;
 location ~ /\.(htaccess|htpasswd)$ {
 deny all;
 location ~ /\.(?:db)$ {
 deny all;
 location ~* /(.*)\.(?:markdown|md|twig|yaml|yml)$ {
 deny all;

location ~ [^/]\.php(/|$) {
 try_files /index.php =404;
 fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+?\.php)(/.*)$;
 fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
 fastcgi_param HTTP_PROXY "";
 fastcgi_param HTTPS $https if_not_empty;
 include fastcgi_params;


Save and close the file. Restart the Apache service for the changes to take effect:

nginx -t
systemctl restart nginx

Step 6. Accessing Bolt CMS.

Bolt CMS will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com/ or http://server-ip-address and register your first user. Administrative access is automatically granted to the first registered user.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Bolt CMS. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Bolt CMS on CentOS 7 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Bolt CMS 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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