How To Install osCommerce on Ubuntu 15.04

Install osCommerce on Ubuntu 15.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of osCommerce on your Ubuntu 15.04 server.  For those of you who didn’t know, Open Source Commerce (osCommerce) is a complete self-hosted online store solution that contains both a catalog frontend and an administration tool backend which can be easily installed and configured through a web-based installation procedure. It is available as free software under the GNU General Public License.

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 osCommerce on a Ubuntu 15.04 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 15.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for osCommerce.
  • 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 osCommerce on Ubuntu 15.04

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP)  server.

A Ubuntu 15.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install all required PHP modules:

sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mcrypt php5-mysql php5-gd

Step 3. Installing osCommerce.

The first thing to do is to go to osCommerce’s download page and download the latest stable version of osCommerce, At the moment of writing this article it is version 2.3.4:


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

mv oscommerce-2.3.4 /var/www/html/

Rename the directory according to your needs. In our case we will change the name to OSCommerce:

mv /var/www/html/oscommerce-2.3.4/ /var/www/html/oscommerce/

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chmod 777 /var/www/html/oscommerce/catalog/includes/configure.php
chmod 777 /var/www/html/oscommerce/catalog/admin/includes/configure.php

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for osCommerce.

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 osCommerce. 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 osCommerce installation:

CREATE USER oscommerceuser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'type_password_here';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON oscommerce.* TO oscommerceuser@localhost;

Step 5. Accessing osCommerce.

osCommerce will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip/oscommerce/catalog/install/index.php 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.

Please note that it is recommended to follow the post-installation steps after the completion of the installation procedure to secure your osCommerce Online Merchant online store. One of the steps is to delete the installation files. You can do that with the following commands:

rm /var/www/html/oscommerce/catalog/install
rm -rf /var/www/html/oscommerce/catalog/

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed osCommerce. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the osCommerce e-commerce and online store management system on your Ubuntu 15.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official osCommerce website.

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