How To Install MyBB on Ubuntu 16.04

Install MyBB on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of MyBB on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. For those of you who didn’t know, MyBB, also known as MyBBoard or MyBulletinBoard, is very popular and free forum software developed using PHP and MySQL. With everything from forums to threads, posts to private messages, search to profiles, and reputation to warnings, MyBB features everything you need to run an efficient and captivating community.

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 MyBB on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.

Install MyBB 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.

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:

Step 3. Installing MyBB.

The first thing to do is to go to MyBB’s download page and download the latest stable version of MyBB, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.8.7:

Unpack the MyBB archive to the document root directory on your server:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for MyBB.

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:

Next, we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the MyBB. 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 MyBB installation:

Step 4. Configuring Apache web server for MyBB.

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

Add the following lines:

Next, rename the config.default.php file in the inc directory to config.php since you will be asked to do this later during the MyBB installation via a browser. Execute the following:

Now, we can restart the Apache webserver so that the changes take place:

Step 5. Accessing MyBB.

MyBB will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favourite browser and navigate to or 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 MyBB. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing MyBB in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official MyBB website.

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