How To Install Open Source Social Network on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Open Source Social Network on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration of Open Source Social Network on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Opensource-Socialnetwork (OSSN) is a social networking software written in PHP. It allows you to make a social networking website and helps your members build social relationships, with people who share similar professional or personal interests.

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 Open Source Social Network (OSSN) on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.

Install Open Source Social Network 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 Open Source Social Network.

First thing to do is to go to OSSN’s download page and download the latest stable version of OSSN, At the moment of writing this article it is version 4.2:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Open Source Social Network.

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 OSSN. 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 OSSN installation:

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Open Source Social Network.

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

Add the following lines:

Next, You can edit the PHP configuration file:

And modify these lines:

OSSN also needs a directory for storing the uploaded files such as images. For security reasons we will create this directory outside of the document root directory:

Finally, we can restart Apache web server so that the changes take place:

Step 6. Accessing Open Source Social Network.

Open Source Social Network 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. Log in to the OSSN administration back-end at and configure OSSN according to your needs.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Open Source Social Network. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Open Source Social Network on Ubuntu 16.04 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Open Source Social Network web site.

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