In this tutorial we will show you how to install LimeSurvey on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, LimeSurvey (formerly PHPSurveyor) is an open source online survey application. It has been widely used by many big industries to create the survey tasks. It has many powerful features like creating dynamic fields for survey. Supports multilingual, defines userroles, user groups and the more it has been integrated into various CMS. The limesurvey team provides the commercial for those who are seeking. As well as community support for its users.
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 LimeSurvey on an Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) server.
Install LimeSurvey 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.
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:
Download the latest stable version of LimeSurvey, At the moment of writing this article it is version 3.15.6:
We will need to change some folders permissions:
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 LimeSurvey. 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 LimeSurvey installation:
Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘limesurvey.conf’ on your virtual server:
Add the following lines:
Now, we can restart Apache web server so that the changes take place:
LimeSurvey will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/admin or http://server-ip/admin 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.
Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed LimeSurvey. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing LimeSurvey online survey platform based PHP on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official LimeSurvey web site.