Setup eZ Platform Enterprise CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10 with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.2-FPM

When you want to run eZ Platform Enterprise CMS system on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10 with Nginx and PHP 7.2-FPM support, the steps below should be a great place to start.

eZ Platform helps you design and develop content-driven websites and applications. It’s great for secure extranet portals, online databases, e-commerce and multilingual sites.

If you want a Content Management System (CMS) that has enterprise-class features, scalable, and performs at a high level, then eZ Platform is a good place to start. eZ Platform is built on an open source core with support for open standards, which might be very useful in helping you run your digital content.

This CMS platform is designed for ease of use to allow enterprises and business owners to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with users across multiple devices, including mobile.

For more about eZ Platform, please check their Homepage

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install eZ Platform on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.10 and 18.04 LTS.

To get started with installing eZ Platform, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server on Ubuntu

Nginx HTTP Server is probably the second most popular web server in use. so install it since eZ Platform needs it.

To install Nginx HTTP on Ubuntu server, run the commands below.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

After installing Nginx, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Nginx service to always start up with the server boots.

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

To test Nginx setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Nginx default test page as shown below. When you see that, then Nginx is working as expected.

Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server

MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database servers to use with eZ Platform. To install MariaDB run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

After installing MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots.

Run these on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mysql.service
sudo systemctl start mysql.service
sudo systemctl enable mysql.service

Run these on Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10 LTS

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

After that, run the commands below to secure MariaDB server by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: Enter password
  • Re-enter new password: Repeat password
  • Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
  • Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
  • Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]:  Y
  • Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]:  Y

Restart MariaDB server

To test if MariaDB is installed, type the commands below to logon to MariaDB server

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then type the password you created above to sign on. if successful, you should see MariaDB welcome message

mariadb welcome

Step 3: Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules

PHP 7.2 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories. in order to install it, you will have to get it from third-party repositories.

Run the commands below to add the below third party repository to upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.2-fpm php7.2-common php7.2-gmp php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-mysql php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip

After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP default config file for Nginx.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/fpm/php.ini

Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below are great settings to apply in your environments.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
short_open_tag = On
memory_limit = 256M
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

After making the change above, save the file and close out.

Step 3: Restart Nginx

After installing PHP and related modules, all you have to do is restart Nginx to reload PHP configurations.

To restart Nginx, run the commands below

sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

Step 4: Create eZ Platform Database

Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for eZ Platform to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create a blank eZ Platform database.

To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called ezplatform


Create a database user called ezplatformuser with new password

CREATE USER 'ezplatformuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON ezplatform.* TO 'ezplatformuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Step 5: Download eZ Platform Latest Release

To get eZ Platform latest release you may want to use Github repository. Install Composer, Curl and other dependencies to get started.

sudo apt install curl git
curl -sS  | sudo php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer

After installing curl and Composer above, change into the Nginx root directory and downaload eZ Platform packages from Github. Always replace the version number with the latest branch.

sudo mkdir /var/www/html/ezplatform
cd /var/www/html/ezplatform
sudo composer create-project --no-dev --keep-vcs ezsystems/ezplatform . v2.3.0

After a moment the installer will ask you to provide a few parameters:

  1. Choose a secret; it should be a random string, made up of up to 32 characters, numbers, and symbols. This is used by Symfony when generating CSRF tokens, encrypting cookies, and for creating signed URIs when using ESI (Edge Side Includes).
  2. You can accept the default options for database_driver, database_host and database_port.
  3. Select a database_name or accept the default one.
  4. Provide your database_user and database_password.

After that, run the commands below to install eZ Platform.

sudo composer require sensio/generator-bundle
sudo composer ezplatform-install

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for eZ Platform to function.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/ezplatform/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/ezplatform/

Step 6: Configure Nginx

Finally, configure Apahce2 site configuration file for eZ Platform by copying a vhost template file.

This file will control how users access eZ Platform content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called ezplatform

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/ezplatform

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save.

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;
    root /var/www/html/ezpla;
    index  index.php index.html index.htm;

    client_max_body_size 100M;

    # Additional Assetic rules for environments different from dev,
    # remember to run php bin/console assetic:dump --env=prod
    # and make sure to comment these out in "dev" environment.
    include /var/www/html/ezplatform/doc/nginx/ez_params.d/ez_prod_rewrite_params;

    # Access to repository images in single server setup
    include /var/www/html/ezplatform/doc/nginx/ez_params.d/ez_rewrite_params;

    location / {
         location ~ ^/app\.php(/|$) {
         include ez_params.d/ez_fastcgi_params;
         include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
         fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
         fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
         include fastcgi_params;

    include /var/www/html/ezplatform/doc/nginx/ez_params.d/ez_server_params;

Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the eZ Platform

After configuring the VirtualHost above, enable it by running the commands below

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/ezplatform /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Step 8 : Restart Nginx

To load all the settings above, restart Nginx by running the commands below.

sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see eZ Platform setup wizard to complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.

Open your project in the browser and you should see the welcome page.

eZ Platform CMS Ubuntu

To logon to the admin portal, go to the URL below:


eZ Platform ubuntu

Login with:

Username: admin
Password: publish

Congratulation! You have successfully installed eZ Platform on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and may work on upcoming 18.10.

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