How To Install Elgg on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install Elgg on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

In this tutorial we will show you how to install Elgg on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Elgg is an open source social networking engine that allows the creation of social environments such as campus social networks and internal collaborative platforms for organizations. Elgg offers a number of social networking features including microblogging, messaging, file-sharing and groups.

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 Elgg Social Networking Platform on an Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver server.

Install Elgg on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

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

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB and PHP) server.

A Ubuntu 18.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also install all required PHP modules:

Step 3. Installing Elgg on Ubuntu 18.04.

First thing to do is to go to Elgg’s download page and download the latest stable version of Elgg, At the moment of writing this article it is version 2.3.10:

Unpack the Elgg archive to the document root directory on your server:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Elgg.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

Configure it like this:

Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Elgg. Run the following command:

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 Elgg installation:

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Elgg.

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

Add the following lines:

Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effects:

Step 6. Accessing Elgg.

Elgg Social Networking Platform will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/install.php or http://server-ip/install.php and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Install Elgg on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Elgg. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Elgg Social Networking Platform in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Elgg web site.

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