How To Install Shopware on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Shopware on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Shopware on your Ubuntu 16.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Shopware is the next generation of open source e-commerce software made in Germany. Based on bleeding-edge technologies like Symfony 2, Doctrine 2, and Zend Framework Shopware comes as the perfect platform for your next e-commerce project. Furthermore, Shopware provides an event-driven plugin system and an advanced hook system, giving you the ability to customize every part of the platform.

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 Shopware on a Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) server.

Install Shopware on Ubuntu 16.04

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

apt-get install php5 php5-mysql php5-gd php5-curl libssh2-php

Step 3. Installing Shopware.

The first thing to do is to go to Shopware’s download page and download the latest stable version of Shopware, At the moment of writing this article it is version 5:

unzip -d /var/www/html
cd /var/www/html/shopware-5.1.6
cp -a * ..

We will need to change some folders permissions:

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

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Shopware.

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 Shopware. 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 Shopware installation:

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON shopware.* TO 'shopware'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'strong_password';

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Shopware.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘shopware.conf’ on your virtual server:

sudo a2enmod rewrite
touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/shopware.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/shopware.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/shopware.conf
nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/shopware.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/"
<Directory "/var/www/html/">
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

Now, we can restart the Apache webserver so that the changes take place:

systemctl restart apache2.service

Step 6. Accessing Shopware.

Shopware will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://your-server-ip 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 Shopware. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Shopware open source e-commerce on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Shopware website.

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