How To Install Orangescrum on CentOS 7

Install Orangescrum on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Orangescrum on your CentOS 7.  For those of you who didn’t know, Orangescrum is a free, open-source, flexible project management web application written using CakePHP.  It helps you to manage projects, teams, documents, and tasks, all in one place. Orangescrum provides various features like agile project management, collaboration, issue tracking, notifications, reporting, task management, and traditional project management functionality for small/medium businesses.

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 Orangescrum on a 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).
  • 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 Orangescrum 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 LAMP server.

A CentOS 7 LAMP stack server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install the required PHP modules:

yum -y 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 Orangescrum.

The first thing to do is to go to Orangescrum’s download page and download the latest stable version of Orangescrum:

wget https://github.com/Orangescrum/orangescrum/archive/master.zip

After downloading Orangescrum you will need to unzip master.zip. To do this, run:

unzip master.zip
mv orangescrum-master /var/www/html/orangescrumPM

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown apache:apache -R /var/www/html/orangescrumPM
chmod -R 777 /var/www/html/orangescrumPM

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Orangescrum.

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 now? [Y/n] y

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

mysql -u root -p

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 Orangescrum installation:

CREATE DATABASE orangescrum;
CREATE USER 'orangescrumuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `orangescrum`.* TO 'orangescrumuser'@'localhost';

Next, you need to import the data from the database.sql file located in the /var/www/html/orangescrumPM directory:

cd /var/www/html/orangescrumPM/
mysql -u orangescrum -porangescrum < database.sql

Next, By default STRICT mode is set to on in MySQL. You will need to disable it:

nano /etc/my.cnf

Find and change the line from:




Next step, Now you need to change the post_max_size and upload_max_filesize to 200M in the php.ini file:

nano /etc/php.ini

Find and change the value from 2M to 200M:


Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Orangescrum.

We will create an Apache virtual host for your Orangescrum website. First, create ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with using a text editor of your choice:

nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf
IncludeOptional vhosts.d/*.conf

Next, create the virtual host:

mkdir /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/
nano /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/yourdomain.com.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80>
ServerAdmin webmaster@yourdomain.com
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/orangescrumPM/"
ServerName yourdomain.com
ServerAlias www.yourdomain.com
ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-error_log"
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined

<Directory "/var/www/html/orangescrumPM/">
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

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

systemctl restart httpd.service

Step 6. Configure Orangescrum

Now you need to edit the database.php file to update the database connection details:

nano /var/www/html/orangescrumPM/app/Config/database.php

Change the file as shown below, Save and close the file when you are finished:


    public $default = array(
            'datasource' => 'Database/Mysql',
            'persistent' => false,
            'host' => 'localhost',
            'login' => 'orangescrum',
            'password' => 'orangescrum',
            'database' => 'orangescrum',
            'prefix' => '',
            'encoding' => 'utf8',

Next, you need to provide your valid email address and password for SMTP, and update the FROM_EMAIL_NOTIFY and SUPPORT_EMAIL configurations in the constants.php file:

nano /var/www/html/orangescrumPM/app/Config/constants.php

Change the following lines as per your need:

//Gmail SMTP
define("SMTP_HOST", "ssl://smtp.example.com");
define("SMTP_PORT", "465");
define("SMTP_UNAME", "bijis@idroot.us");
define("SMTP_PWORD", "[Your email password]");

define('FROM_EMAIL_NOTIFY', 'jdoe@example.com'); //(REQUIRED)
define('SUPPORT_EMAIL', 'bijis@idroot.us'); //(REQUIRED) From Email
define("DEV_EMAIL", 'bijis@idroot.us'); // Developer Email ID to report the application error

define('SUB_FOLDER', '/');</code></pre>

Save and close the file when you are finished.

Step 7. Accessing Orangescrum.

Orangescrum will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com or http://server-ip-address 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 Orangescrum. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Orangescrum on CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Orangescrum 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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