Learn How To Install Dolibarr on Fedora 28

August 25, 2019

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Dolibarr is an open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) for Business. Dolibarr source code is hosted on GitHub. This guide will show you how to install Dolibarr ERP and CRM on a fresh Fedora 28 IT Web Services instance.


  • MariaDB version 5.0.3 or greater
  • PHP version 5.3.0 or greater. This article will use version 7.2
  • Nginx

Before you begin

Check the Fedora version.

cat /etc/fedora-release
# Fedora release 28 (Twenty Eight)

Create a new non-root user account with sudo access and switch to it.

useradd -c "John Doe" johndoe && passwd johndoe
usermod -aG wheel johndoe
su - johndoe

NOTE: Replace johndoe with your username.

Ensure that your system is up to date.

sudo dnf check-upgrade || sudo dnf upgrade -y

Set up the timezone.

sudo timedatectl set-timezone 'Region/City'

For simplicity, disable SELinux and Firewall.

sudo setenforce 0
sudo systemctl stop firewalld
sudo systemctl disable firewalld

Step 1 – Install PHP

Install PHP 7.2 and necessary extensions.

sudo dnf install -y php-cli php-fpm php-xml php-zip php-sqlite3 php-gd php-mbstring php-mcrypt php-soap php-mysqlnd php-pgsql php-curl php-json

Check the version.

php --version
# PHP 7.2.6 (cli) (built: May 22 2018 16:22:08) ( NTS )

Start and enable php-fpm.service.

sudo systemctl start php-fpm.service
sudo systemctl enable php-fpm.service

Step 2 – Install MariaDB and create a database

Install MariaDB.

sudo dnf install -y mariadb-server

Check the version.

mysql --version
# mysql  Ver 15.1 Distrib 10.2.14-MariaDB, for Linux (x86_64) using readline 5.1

Start and enable MariaDB.

sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service

Run the mysql_secure_installation script to improve the security of your MariaDB installation.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Log into MariaDB as the root user.

mysql -u root -p
# Enter password:

Create a new MariaDB database and database user, and remember the credentials.

mysql> GRANT ALL ON db_name.* TO 'username' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
mysql> quit

NOTE: Replace db_name and username with appropriate names for your setup. Replace password with a strong password.

Step 3 – Install and configure Nginx

Install Nginx.

sudo dnf install -y nginx

Check the version.

sudo nginx -v
# nginx version: nginx/1.12.1

Start and enable the Nginx service.

sudo systemctl start nginx.service
sudo systemctl enable nginx.service

Configure Nginx.

sudo vim /etc/nginx/conf.d/dolibarr.conf

Populate the file with the following configuration.

server {
  listen [::]:80;
  listen 80;
  server_name example.com; # Check this
  root /var/www/dolibarr/htdocs; # Check this
  index index.php index.html index.htm;
  charset utf-8;
  location / {
  try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php;
  location ~ [^/].php(/|$) {
    try_files $uri =404;
    fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
    fastcgi_read_timeout 600;
    include fastcgi_params;
    fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php-fpm/www.sock;

Test the configuration.

sudo nginx -t

Reload Nginx.

sudo systemctl reload nginx.service

Step 4 – Install Composer

To install Dolibarr, we will need to install Composer.

php -r "copy('https://getcomposer.org/installer', 'composer-setup.php');"
php -r "if (hash_file('SHA384', 'composer-setup.php') === '544e09ee996cdf60ece3804abc52599c22b1f40f4323403c44d44fdfdd586475ca9813a858088ffbc1f233e9b180f061') { echo 'Installer verified'; } else { echo 'Installer corrupt'; unlink('composer-setup.php'); } echo PHP_EOL;"
php composer-setup.php
php -r "unlink('composer-setup.php');"
sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

Check the Composer version.

composer --version
# Composer version 1.6.5 2018-05-04 11:44:59

Step 5 – Install Dolibarr

Create a document root directory.

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/dolibarr

Change ownership of the /var/www/dolibarr directory to johndoe.

sudo chown -R johndoe:johndoe /var/www/dolibarr

Download the latest stable release of Dolibarr from the command line.

cd /var/www/dolibarr
composer create-project dolibarr/dolibarr .

Change ownership of the /var/www/dolibarr directory to nginx.

sudo chown -R nginx:nginx /var/www/dolibarr

Create a /var/lib/php/session directory and change ownership to the nginx user.

sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/php/session
sudo chown -R nginx:nginx /var/lib/php/

Run sudo vim /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf and set the user and group to nginx. Initially, it will be set to the user and group apache.

sudo vim /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf
# user = nginx
# group = nginx

Restart php-fpm.service.

sudo systemctl restart php-fpm.service

Using your preferred web browser, open your http://example.com/install/ page and follow the Dolibarr installer. Replace example.com with your domain name, or IP address if you don’t have domain name. After following the installation wizard, you will have Dolibarr ERP/CRM up and running.

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