How To Install OrangeScrum on CentOS 8

Install OrangeScrum on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OrangeScrum on CentOS 8. 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 CentOS 8.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • 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 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf install epel-release
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Install the LAMP server.

A CentOS 8 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here.

Step 3. Installing Orangescrum on CentOS 8.

Now we download the Open Source version of Orangescrum run the following command:

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

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

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

We will need to change some folders permissions:

sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/orangescrum-master
sudo chmod -R 777 /var/www/html/orangescrum-master

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 'your-passwd';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `orangescrum`.* TO 'orangescrumuser'@'localhost';

Then, import the OrangeScrum data into the OrangeScrum database using the following command as shown below:

mysql -u orangescrum_user -p orangescrum < /var/www/html/orangescrum-master/database.sql

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

sudo nano /var/www/html/orangescrum-master/app/Config/database.php

Change the file as shown below:


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

Next, you need to edit the constants.php file for SMTP:

sudo nano /var/www/html/orangescrum-master/app/Config/constants.php

Find and Change the following lines as per your need:

//Gmail SMTP
define("SMTP_HOST", "ssl://smtp.gmail.com");
define("SMTP_PORT", "465");
define("SMTP_UNAME", "admin@idroot.us");
define("SMTP_PWORD", "******");
define("IS_SMTP", "0");

define('FROM_EMAIL_NOTIFY', 'notify@idroot.us'); //(REQUIRED)
define('SUPPORT_EMAIL', 'support@idroot.us'); //(REQUIRED) From Email

Save and close the file when you are finished.

Step 5. Configuring Apache.

Now we create an Apache virtual host configuration file for OrangeScrum with the following command:

nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/orangescrum.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
 ServerAdmin admin@example.com
 ServerName example.com
 DocumentRoot /var/www/html/orangescrum-master
 DirectoryIndex index.php
<Directory /var/www/html/orangescrum-master/>
 Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
 AllowOverride All
 Order allow,deny
 allow from all
 ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/orangescrum_error.log
 CustomLog /var/log/httpd/orangescrum_access.log combined

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

sudo a2ensite orangescrum.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart httpd

Step 6. Install an SSL certificate.

First, download the required packages and create a new system binary:

wget https://dl.eff.org/certbot-auto
sudo mv certbot-auto /usr/local/bin/certbot-auto
sudo chown root /usr/local/bin/certbot-auto
sudo chmod 0755 /usr/local/bin/certbot-auto

Next, run the certbot a command that will download and install all of its dependencies:

sudo /usr/local/bin/certbot-auto --apache

Step 7. Configure Firewall.

Modify firewall rules in order to allow web access:

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

Step 8. Accessing OrangeScrum.

OrangeScrum will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to https://your-domain.com/ or https://server-ip-address and complete the required steps to finish the installation.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed OrangeScrum. Thanks for using this tutorial to install the OrangeScrum on CentOS 8 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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