How To Install UVdesk on Debian 11

Install UVdesk on Debian 11

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install UVdesk on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, UVdesk is a free, open-source, and SaaS-based helpdesk solution for any business process to deliver the best customer service. It is a simple, flexible, user-friendly, and alternative to other popular support platforms. Uvdesk supports Enterprise service desk features like workflow, Email piping, knowledgebase, Mailbox, Ecommerce and Multichannel Integration.

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 UVdesk helpdesk system on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

Install UVdesk on Debian 11 Bullseye

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is 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 Debian 11 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, Please read our previous tutorial to install LAMP Server on Debian 11. In addition, we install PHP-FPM and the necessary dependencies on our system using the commands below:

sudo apt install php-fpm

Now that we have installed PHP-FPM, verify if it is running:

sudo systemctl status php*-fpm.service

Next, edit the php.ini file and change some default settings:

nano /etc/php/7.4/fpm/php.ini

Change the following lines:

memory_limit = 512M
date.timezone = Asia/Jakarta

Save and close the file then restart the PHP-FPM service to apply the changes:

sudo systemctl restart php7.4-fpm

Step 3. Installing Composer.

PHP composer is one of the system requirements for UVdesk. Run the following command to install it:

curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer -o composer-setup.php
php composer-setup.php --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer

Verify Composer installation:

composer -V

Step 4. Installing UVdesk on Debian 11.

By default, UVdesk is not available on Debian 11 base repository. First, change the directory to the Apache web root directory and download the UVdesk using the Composer:

cd /var/www/html
composer create-project uvdesk/community-skeleton uvdesk

Output:

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  * Inject the ReCaptchaReCaptcha service when you need to verify a submitted captcha

 symfony/phpunit-bridge  instructions:

  * Write test cases in the tests/ folder
  * Use MakerBundle's make:test command as a shortcut!
  * Run the tests with php bin/phpunit

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Welcome to the UVDesk Community project! UVDesk Community is an open-source e-commerce helpdesk system
which is built on top of reliable set of tools to provide you and your customers with the best support 
solution possible.

To start things off, here are a few commands to help you setup:

  * Configuring your project:

    php bin/console uvdesk:configure-helpdesk

  * Run your project through a local php web server:

    php bin/console server:run

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We will need to change some folder permissions:

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/uvdesk
chmod -R 775 /var/www/html/uvdesk

Step 5. Configuring MariaDB for UVdesk.

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 UVdesk. 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 UVdesk installation:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE uvdesk;
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER 'uvdesk'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-stong-password';
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON uvdesk.* TO 'uvdesk'@'localhost';
MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
MariaDB [(none)]> EXIT;

Step 5. Configure Apache.

Now we create an Apache virtual host configuration file for UVdesk using the following command below:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/uvdesk.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName uvdesk.your-domain.com
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/uvdesk/public

    <Directory /var/www/html/uvdesk/public>
        Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks +MultiViews
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted
    </Directory>

    <FilesMatch .php$>
        # 2.4.10+ can proxy to unix socket
        SetHandler "proxy:unix:/var/run/php/php7.4-fpm.sock|fcgi://localhost"
    </FilesMatch>

    ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/uvdesk-error.log
    CustomLog /var/log/apache2/uvdesk-access.log combined
</VirtualHost>

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

sudo a2ensite uvdesk
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Step 6. Accessing UVdesk Web Interface.

Once successfully installed, open your web browser and access the UVdesk web interface using the URL http://uvdesk.your-domian.com. You should see the following page:

Install UVdesk on Debian 11 Bullseye

Congratulations! You have successfully installed UVdesk. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of UVdesk helpdesk on Debian 11 Bullseye. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official UVdesk website.

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