How To Install ERPNext on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install ERPNext on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ERPNext on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, ERPNext is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a simple yet free and open source ERP system written using Frappe framework – a full-stack web app framework in Python and JavaScript. ERPNext is one of the best ERP applications used by thousands of businesses worldwide to manage their ERP processes. It offers a rich set of features including HR, Sales, Purchases, CRM, Manufacturing, Inventory, and Accounting management. Let’s get started with the installation process.

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 the ERPNext open-source ERP system on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 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 ERPNext on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install libffi-dev python3-pip python3-dev python3-testresources libssl-dev wkhtmltopdf gcc g++ make

Step 2. Installing Node.js and Redis.

Now we add the Node.js version 12 repository using the following command:

curl -sL | bash -

Once done, run the following command to install Node.js and Redis server on your system:

sudo apt install nodejs redis-server

Next, install the Yarn package by running the following command:

npm install -g yarn

Step 3. Installing MariaDB.

MariaDB is a relational database management system forked from MySQL. It is free and Open-source. Install MariaDB using the following commands:

sudo apt install software-properties-common mariadb-server mariadb-client

Once installing MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start, and enable the MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots:

sudo systemctl status mariadb
sudo systemctl enable mariadb
sudo systemctl start 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

To log into MariaDB, use the following command (note that it’s the same command you would use to log into a MySQL database):

mysql -u root -p

After login, change the MariaDB authentication plugin with the following command:

MariaDB [(none)]>USE mysql;
MariaDB [(none)]>UPDATE user SET plugin='mysql_native_password' WHERE User='root';
MariaDB [(none)]> EXIT;

Save and close the file, then restart the MariaDB service to implement the changes:

sudo systemctl restart mariadb

Step 4. Create a User for ERPNext.

Now we create a new user named erpnext by running the following command:

useradd -m -s /bin/bash erpnext
passwd erpnext
usermod -aG sudo erpnext

Next, log in to the ERPNext user and set up the environment variables with the following command:

su - erpnext
nano ~/.bashrc

Add the following line:


Save and close the file, then activate the environment variable with the following command:

source ~/.bashrc

Step 5. Installing ERPNext on Ubuntu 20.04.

First, log in with the ERPNext user and create a new directory for the ERPNext setup with the following command:

su - erpnext
sudo mkdir /opt/bench

Next, change the ownership to the erpnext user:

sudo chown -R erpnext:erpnext /opt/bench

After that, change the directory to /opt/bench and clone the bench repository from Git:

cd /opt/bench
git clone bench-repo

Next, install the bench repo using the pip3 command:

pip3 install -e bench-repo

Once successfully installed, initialize the bench directory with the Frappe framework using the following command:

bench init erpnext

Next, change the directory to erpnext and create a new frappe site with the following command:

bench new-site

Then, start the bench service with the following command:

bench start

Step 6. Configure Nginx and Supervisord.

Run the following commands to install Nginx and Supervisord:

su - erpnext
sudo apt-get -y install supervisor nginx

Then, install the frappe-bench add-on with the following command:

sudo pip3 install frappe-bench

Next, run the following command to configure ERPNext for a production environment:

sudo /home/erpnext/.local/bin/bench setup production erpnext

Step 7. Access ERPNext Web Interface on Ubuntu.

ERPNext is installed and configured to run on port 80. Now, open your web browser and type the URL

Install ERPNext on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed ERPNext. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the ERPNext open-source ERP system on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official ERPNext 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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