How To Install osTicket on CentOS 8

Install osTicket on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install osTicket on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, os-Ticket is a widely-used and trusted open source support ticket system. It seamlessly routes inquiries created via email, web-forms, and phone calls into a simple, easy-to-use, multi-user, web-based customer support platform and generally used for Help Desk services. osTicket is a powerful alternative to a commercial ticketing system available in the market.

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 of the osTicket commercial ticketing system on a CentOS 8.

Install osTicket on CentOS 8

Step 1. First of all, make sure that all packages are up to date.

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing LAMP Stack.

If you don’t have a LAMP stack already installed on your server, you can follow our guide here.

Step 3. Installing osTicket on CentOS 8.

Now we download the latest release of osTicket from the official website:

wget https://github.com/osTicket/osTicket/releases/download/v1.15.2/osTicket-v1.15.2.zip

Unzip the osTicket archive to the document root directory on your server:

unzip -d /var/www/osTicket/ osTicket-*.zip
cp /var/www/osTicket/upload/include/ost-sampleconfig.php /var/www/osTicket/upload/include/ost-config.php

Give proper permissions to the webroot directory with the following command:

chown -R apache:apache /var/www/osTicket
chmod 0666 /var/www/osTicket/upload/include/ost-config.php

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for osTicket.

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.

mysql_secure_installation

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 osTicket. 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 osTicket installation:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE osticketdb;
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER 'user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'YOUR_PASSWORD';
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON osticketdb.* TO 'osticket_user'@'localhost';
MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES
MariaDB [(none)]> exit

Step 5. Configuring Apache for osTicket.

Now we create a VirtualHost configuration file for osTicket on the Apache configurations directory:

nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/osticket.conf

Add and modify the following contents:

<VirtualHost *:80>
     ServerAdmin admin@example.com
     DocumentRoot /var/www/osTicket/upload
     ServerName osticket.idroot.us
     ServerAlias www.osticket.idroot.us
     <Directory /var/www/osTicket/upload/>
          Options FollowSymlinks
          AllowOverride All
          Require all granted
     </Directory>

     ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/osticket_error.log
     CustomLog /var/log/httpd/osticket_access.log combined
</VirtualHost>

Save and close the file. Restart the Apache service for the changes to take effects:

sudo systemctl restart httpd
sudo systemctl enable httpd

Step 6. Configure Firewall.

In case of OS firewall enabled on your server then provide access to port 80 and 443 to be accessed from outside the network:

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

Step 7. Accessing the osTicket.

osTicket will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://osticket.idroot.us and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed osTicket. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the osTicket commercial ticketing system on CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official osTicket website.

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