How To Install Traq on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Traq on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Traq on your Ubuntu 16.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Traq is a PHP-powered project management and issue-tracking system capable of handling multiple projects with per-project permissions, milestones, custom fields, email notifications, and much more.

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

Traq features

  • Multiple Projects – Manage multiple projects easily and effectively with Traq’s multiple project features.
  • Milestones – Easily manage bugs and requests with project milestones.
  • Timeline – See what, and when, changes were made, and tickets opened or closed with the project timeline.
  • Repository Browser – Browse your project’s source repository with the built-in repository browser.
  • Plugins – Extend with plugins, Traq has a powerful plugin system.
  • Filters – Filter tickets to find what you’re looking for.
  • Notifications – Receive email notifications when tickets are created or updated.
  • RSS Feeds – Subscribe to the timeline or tickets RSS feed to get updates.

Install Traq 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 php5-mcrypt

Step 3. Installing Traq.

The first thing to do is to go to Traq’s download page and download the latest stable version of Traq, At the moment of writing this article it is version 3:

cd /var/www/html/
git clone --recursive

And check out the latest version:

cd traq/
git checkout v3.6.0

Next, run Traq properly, and create a new .htaccess file:

nano .htaccess

Add the following content:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php/$1 [L]

We will need to change some folders permissions:

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

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Traq.

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 Traq. 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 Traq installation:

create database traqdb;
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON traqdb.* TO 'traquser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'Your_Password';
flush privileges;

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Traq.

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

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

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/traq/"
<Directory "/var/www/html/traq/">
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 Traq.

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