Table of Contents
- Step 1: System update
- Step 2: Install Apache web server
- Step 3: Install PHP 5.6
- Step 4: Install MariaDB
- Step 5: Create database for Snipe-IT
- Step 6: Install Composer
- Step 7: Install Snipe-IT
- Step 8: Create virtual host
- Step 9: Finish installation
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Snipe-IT is a free and open source web application for IT assets management. It is written on the Laravel 5.2 framework and uses MySQL to store its data. Snipe-IT is a complete and comprehensive solution for assets management, software license management, and much more.
In this tutorial, you will learn to install Snipe-IT on Ubuntu 16.10.
- An ITWeb.Services Ubuntu 16.10 server instance.
- A sudo user.
Step 1: System update
Before installing any packages on the Ubuntu server instance, it is recommended to update the system. Log in using the sudo user and run the following commands to update the system.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y upgrade
Step 2: Install Apache web server
Install the Apache web server.
sudo apt-get -y install apache2
Start Apache and enable it to automatically run at boot time.
sudo systemctl start apache2
sudo systemctl enable apache2
Step 3: Install PHP 5.6
Snipe-IT is compatible with any version of PHP greater than 5.5.9. Since PHP 5.5 has reached end of life, you can install PHP 7. Run the following command to install PHP 7 with the modules required by Snipe-IT.
sudo apt-get -y install php php-pdo php-mbstring php-tokenizer php-curl php-mysql php-ldap php-zip php-fileinfo php-gd php-dom php-mcrypt
Step 4: Install MariaDB
MariaDB is a fork of MySQL. Install it using following command.
sudo apt-get -y install mariadb-server
Start MariaDB and enable it to automatically start at boot time.
sudo systemctl start mysql
sudo systemctl enable mysql
Secure your MariaDB installation.
You will be asked for the current MariaDB root password. As we have just installed MariaDB, its root password has not been set. Press the
enter key to proceed. Set a strong root password for your MariaDB server and answer
Y to all of the other questions asked. The questions asked are self explanatory.
Step 5: Create database for Snipe-IT
Log into the MariaDB shell as its root user using the following command.
mysql -u root -p
Provide the password for the MariaDB root user.
Run the following queries to create a database and a database user for Snipe-IT.
CREATE DATABASE snipeit_data;
CREATE USER 'snipeit_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'StrongPassword';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON snipeit_data.* TO 'snipeit_user'@'localhost';
Make sure that you use a semicolon at the end of each query above. You can replace the database name “
snipeit_data” and username “
snipeit_user” according to your needs. Be sure to change “
StrongPassword” to a very strong password.
Step 6: Install Composer
Install Composer using the following command. Composer is a dependency manager for PHP.
curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php
sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
Step 7: Install Snipe-IT
First, install Git.
sudo apt-get -y install git
Switch to Apache’s web-root folder and clone the latest version of Snipe-IT.
sudo git clone https://github.com/snipe/snipe-it snipe-it
.env file from example file provided.
sudo cp .env.example .env
sudo nano .env
Find the following lines and edit the values according to instructions provided.
APP_URL=null #Provide your domain name or IP address here
APP_TIMEZONE='UTC' #Change it according to your country
DB_DATABASE=null #Provide the database name you created earlier
DB_USERNAME=null #Provide database user's username
DB_PASSWORD=null #Provide the DB user's password
Leave the default values for all of the other parameters. Save the file and exit the text editor.
Provide the appropriate ownership and file permissions.
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data storage public/uploads
sudo chmod -R 755 storage
sudo chmod -R 755 public/uploads
Install PHP dependencies using Composer.
sudo composer install --no-dev --prefer-source
Generate the “
sudo php artisan key:generate
Step 8: Create virtual host
Run the following command to create a virtual host for your Snipe-IT site.
sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/snipeit.example.com.conf
Add the following lines into the file, then save the file.
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
allow from all
Activate the configuration and enable
mod_rewrite using the following commands.
sudo a2ensite snipeit.example.com.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2
Step 9: Finish installation
Your Snipe-IT installation is now complete. You can finish configuring Snipe-IT through your web browser. Navigate to the following link, replacing
snipeit.example.com with the IP address of your IT Web Services VPS.
Thank you for reading. This concludes the tutorial.
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