How To Install phpIPAM on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install phpIPAM on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install phpIPAM on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, phpIPAM is a free PHP-based web IP Address management tool whose goal is to provide modern, lightweight, and useful IP address management and administration. It is a PHP-based application with MySQL database backend, using jQuery libraries, ajax, and some HTML5/CSS3 features.

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 the phpIPAM free open-source IP address management application on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • 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 phpIPAM on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install git

Step 2. Installing the LAMP stack.

A Ubuntu 20.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here.

Step 3. Configuring MariaDB.

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 phpIPAM. 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 phpIPAM installation:

MariaDB [(none)]> create database phpipamdb;
MariaDB [(none)]> grant all on phpipamdb.* to phpipam@localhost identified by 'Your-Strong-Password';
MariaDB [(none)]> EXIT;

Step 4. Installing phpIPAM on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now we download phpIPAM using the git command below:

sudo git clone --recursive /var/www/html/phpipam

Next, change to clone directory:

cd /var/www/html/phpipam

After that, copy config.dist.php to config.php as below:

sudo cp config.dist.php config.php

Then, open config.php file and define your database settings:

sudo nano config.php

Make the following changes:

/ ** 
* database connection details
$db['host'] = 'localhost';
$db['user'] = 'phpipam';
$db['pass'] = 'Your-Strong-Password';
$db['name'] = 'phpipamdb';
$db['port'] = 3306;

Step 5. Configure Apache.

Now we create the virtual host file for phpIPAM on our system:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/phpipam.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/phpipam"
    <Directory "/var/www/html/phpipam">
        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted
    ErrorLog "/var/log/apache2/phpipam-error_log"
    CustomLog "/var/log/apache2/phpipam-access_log" combined

Save and close a file, then restart the Apache webserver so that the changes take place:

sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo a2ensite phpipam.conf
sudo sudo systemctl restart apache2

After that, change ownership of the /var/www/ directory to www-data user and group:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/

Step 6. Accessing PhpIPAM Web Interface.

Once successfully installed, open your web browser and type the URL You will be redirected to the following page:

Install phpIPAM on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed phpIPAM. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the phpIPAM on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official phpIPAM 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, 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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