How To Install SuiteCRM on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install SuiteCRM on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install SuiteCRM on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, SuiteCRM is one of the best open-source customer relationship management software solutions that provide a 360-degree view of your customers and business. It is a fork of the well-known open-source SugarCRM Community Edition.

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 SuiteCRM (Customer Relationship Management) 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.

Install SuiteCRM 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

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. Installing SuiteCRM on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now we download the latest stable SuiteCRM using the following command on your server:

wget https://suitecrm.com/files/162/SuiteCRM-7.11/525/SuiteCRM-7.11.18.zip
sudo unzip SuiteCRM-7.11.18.zip -d /var/www/
sudo mv /var/www/SuiteCRM-7.11.18/ /var/www/suitecrm

We will need to change some folders permissions:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/suitecrm/
sudo chmod -R 755 .
sudo chmod -R 775 cache custom modules themes data upload

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for SuiteCRM.

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 SuiteCRM. 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 SuiteCRM installation:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE suitecrm_db;
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER 'crmadmin'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-strong-passwd';
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON suitecrm_db.* TO 'crmadmin'@'localhost';
MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
MariaDB [(none)]> exit;

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for SuiteCRM.

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

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/suitecrm.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/suitecrm.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/suitecrm.conf
nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/suitecrm.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/suitecrm/
ServerName your-domain.com
ServerAlias www.your-domain.com
<Directory /var/www/suitecrm/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
</Directory>
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-error_log
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log common
</VirtualHost>

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

sudo a2ensite suitecrm.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Step 6. Set up HTTPS.

We should enable a secure HTTPS connection on PrestaShop. We can obtain a free TLS certificate from Let’s Encrypt. Install Let’s Encrypt client (certbot) from Ubuntu 20.04 repository:

sudo apt install certbot python3-certbot-apache

Next, run the following command to obtain a free TLS certificate using the Apache plugin:

sudo certbot --apache --agree-tos --redirect --staple-ocsp --email [email protected] -d your-domain.com

If the test is successful, reload Apache for the change to take effect:

sudo apache2ctl -t
sudo systemctl reload apache2

Step 7. Accessing SuiteCRM Web Interface.

SuiteCRM will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to https://your-domain.com/ 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.

Install SuiteCRM on Ubuntu 20.04

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

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