How To Install Kanboard on CentOS 7

Install Kanboard on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Kanboard on CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Kanboard is a free and open-source project management tool that uses the Kanban methodology. Kanboard focuses on minimalism and simplicity, it is mainly designed for small teams. It also helps you to manage your projects and visualize your workflow.

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 to install Kanboard open-source project management tool on 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).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Kanboard.
  • 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 Kanboard 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 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 Kanboard.

First, Download and unzip the latest version of Kanboard:

cd /var/www/html/
wget https://kanboard.net/kanboard-latest.zip
unzip kanboard-latest.zip

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown -R apache:apache kanboard/data

Next, copy the included config.default.php to config.php and change the database information by using these commands:

cd /var/www/html/kanboard
mv config.default.php config.php

Create a configuration file named config.php using the nano editor and enter the following contents into the file:

### nano /etc/config.php

// Database driver: sqlite, mysql or postgres (sqlite by default)
define('DB_DRIVER', 'mysql');

// Mysql/Postgres username
define('DB_USERNAME', 'kanboard');

// Mysql/Postgres password
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'kanboarduser_passwd');

// Mysql/Postgres hostname
define('DB_HOSTNAME', 'localhost');

// Mysql/Postgres database name
define('DB_NAME', 'kanboarduser');

Restart the Apache service by running the following command.:

systemctl restart httpd

Step 4. Set up Firewall for Kanboard.

Allow visitors to access Kanboard on port 80:

firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-service=http
firewall-cmd --reload

Step 5. Accessing Bolt Kanboard.

Kanboard will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/kanboard or http://server-ip/kanboard.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Kanboard. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Kanboard open source project management tool on CentOS 7 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Kanboard 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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