How To Install CachetHQ on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

In this tutorial we will show you how to install CachetHQ on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Cachet is a beautiful and powerful open source status page system written in PHP that allows you to better communicate downtime and system outages to your customers, teams, and shareholders.

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 CachetHQ on a Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) server.

Install CachetHQ on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

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

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

An Ubuntu 18.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also install all required PHP modules:

Step 3. Configuring MariaDB for CachetHQ.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

Configure it like this:

Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the CachetHQ. Run the following command:

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 CachetHQ installation:

Step 4. Installing CachetHQ.

First, download the source code with Git:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

Step 5. Configuring a database CachetHQ.

By default Cachet comes with a .env.example file. You’ll need to rename this file to just .env regardless of what environment you’re working on:

Open the .env file and change the following lines:

Step 5. Installing Composer.

Install Composer, the PHP dependency manager globally:

Set the application key:

Cachet comes with an installation command that will:

  • Run migrations
  • Run seeders (of which there are none)
Step 5. Configuring Apache for CachetHQ.

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

Add the following lines:

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

Step 7. Accessing CachetHQ.

CachetHQ will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed CachetHQ. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing CachetHQ open source status page system on Ubuntu 18.04. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official CachetHQ website.

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