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Joomla 1.5 on Linux PDF Print E-mail
Written by Zack MIlls   
Thursday, 03 September 2009 20:39


Joomla! is an award-winning Content Management System (CMS) that will help you build websites and other powerful online applications.

This guide applies to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) as well as to 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) and 8.04 (Hardy Heron)




Install the LAMP stack

Use any method to install the Apache2, Mysql and Php stack. You will need the following packages:


apache2 php5-mysql libapache2-mod-php5 mysql-server

Set a mysql-root password (not the same as a root password, but a password for mysql)


mysql -u root  mysql> SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('yourpassword'); mysql> SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'yourhostname' = PASSWORD('yourpassword');

Where you should change 'yourhostname' in last line. Each successful mysql command will show:

Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

Quit the mysql prompt:


mysql> \q

You should now have a functional LAMP stack and a password for the mysql root user.

Visit Apache PHP MySQL for more information on LAMP.


Get the most recent version of Joomla!

Download it from here. Unpack it and then copy it to your webserver directory.


# Change for new version 
# Get it 
mkdir joomla 
cd joomla 
# Unpack it 
tar xvjf $SOURCEPKG  
# Cleanup 
rm -f $SOURCEPKG  
# Move 
cd .. 
sudo mv joomla /var/www/
mkdir joomla
cd joomla
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 stop
unzip -uo $SOURCEPKG
sudo rm -R /var/www/joomla/installation/
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 start

Handle ownership (choose one option):


# 1. Allow writing in whole joomla subtree 
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/joomla  
# 2. Allow writting only in places Joomla! needs to write to (more secure) 
sudo chown -R root:root /var/www/joomla 
cd /var/www/joomla 
PLACES=' administrator/backups administrator/components administrator/modules administrator/templates cache components images images/banners images/stories language plugins media modules templates ' 
for i in $PLACES; do sudo chown -R www-data:www-data $i; done

Handle file and directory permissions:


cd /var/www/joomla 
sudo find . -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \; 
sudo find . -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;


Joomla needs a database, user and password

You need to create a database. You can do this with phpMyAdmin or via the command line:


mysqladmin -u root -p create joomla

Where joomla is the name you picked for the mysql database that joomla will use. You can call it anything you want.


mysql -u root -p  mysql> GRANT SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, CREATE, DROP, INDEX, ALTER, CREATE TEMPORARY TABLES, LOCK TABLES ON joomla.* TO 'yourusername'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'yourpassword';

You do not want to have Joomla use the mysql root user to access the database. The above command creates a mysql user (other than the mysql root user) with some priviledges to use the joomla database. You will need to chose the yourusername andyourpassword. If the command was successful, activate the new permissions:



Quit the mysql prompt:


mysql> \q

Open history file for MySQL commands and delete the above SQL, since the password is in readable format!


gedit ~/.mysql_history


Reload Apache2

You may need to force-reload apache2 so that it knows to use the php module if you haven't done so since you installed the LAMP stack.


sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart


Finish installation

Point your browser to localhost/joomla, and follow the onscreen instructions.


Pre-installation check

If everything is listed in green, you may proceed.




Joomla! is GPLed.



Database configuration

Configure the database name, username and password.



Name your site

Give your site a name



More site information

Enter site URL and administrator user and password



Finish install and remove installation directory

You will be asked to remove the installation directory once configuration is complete.


sudo rm -R /var/www/joomla/installation/


Last Updated on Saturday, 06 March 2010 14:40