Setup OrangeScrum Project Management Platform on Ubuntu with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.2-FPM

For those who want to run OrangeScrum Project Management platform on Ubuntu with Nginx HTTP and PHP 7.2-FPM support, the steps below should be a great place to start.

OrangeScrum is an open source, enterprise project management web platform written in CakePHP and is great for projects and time tracking, wiki, document management and more. It also integrates with Microsoft Active Directory.

If you want a project management platform that has enterprise-class features, scalable, and performs at a high level, then OrangeScrum is a good place to start. OrangeScrum is built on an open source core with support for open standards, which might be very useful in helping you run your projects.

OrangeScrum 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 OrangeScrum, please check their Homepage

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

To get started with installing OrangeScrum, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server on Ubuntu

Nginx HTTP Server is the most popular web server in use. so install it since OrangeScrum 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 OrangeScrum. 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-FPM and Related Modules

PHP 7.2-FPM 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-FPM

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

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2-FPM

sudo apt update

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

sudo apt install php7.2-fpm php7.2-bcmath php7.2-cgi php7.2-cli php7.2-common php-curl php7.2-dba php7.2-enchant php7.2-gd php7.2-imap php7.2-intl php7.2-ldap php7.2-mbstring php7.2-mysql php-imagick php-memcache php7.2-soap php7.2-tidy php7.2-xml php7.2-zip xvfb libfontconfig wkhtmltopdf

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 is 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 = 200M
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 OrangeScrum Database

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

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

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called orangescrum

CREATE DATABASE orangescrum;

Create a database user called orangescrumuser with new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON orangescrum.* TO 'orangescrumuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Step 5: Download OrangeScrum Latest Release

You can get the latest version of OrangeScrum from the link below.

Run the commands below to download and extract the downloaded file to Nginx root directory.

cd /tmp
wget /418ae4d8ef1309695804a7837cd4fc65/ubuntu18-php7 -O
sudo mv orangescrum-orangescrum-ubuntu18-php7 /var/www/html/orangescrum-master

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

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

Next, run the commands below to import OrangeScrum database content from its root directory into the new database created above.

cd /var/www/html/orangescrum-master/
sudo mysql -u orangescrumuser -p orangescrum < database.sql

Then run the commands below to open OrangeScrum default database config file.

sudo nano /var/www/html/orangescrum-master/app/Config/database.php

Next, update the highlighted lines and save the file.


        public $default = array(
                'datasource' => 'Database/Mysql',
                'persistent' => false,
                'host' => 'localhost',
                'login' => 'orangescrumuser',
                'password' => 'new_password_here',
                'database' => 'orangescrum',
                'prefix' => '',
                'encoding' => 'utf8',

save the file and exit

Step 6: Configure Nginx

Finally, configure Apahce2 site configuration file for OrangeScrum. This file will control how users access OrangeScrum content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called orangescrum

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

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save it. Replace the highlighted line with your own domain name and directory root location.

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

     client_max_body_size 100M;

     autoindex off;
     location / {
       try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$uri&$args;
       rewrite ^/$ /app/webroot/ break; 
       rewrite ^(.*)$ /app/webroot/$1 break;

    location ~ \.php$ {
         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;

Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the OrangeScrum

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

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/orangescrum /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

Next, renamae the .htaccess file.

sudo mv /var/www/html/orangescrum-master/.htaccess /var/www/html/orangescrum-master/.htaccess_bak

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name.

OrangeScrum Ubuntu install

You will be asked to provide your Company Name, Email address and a Password to and click Signup. After that, you will be redirected to the Orangescrum dashboard at the backend.

OrangeScrum Ubuntu setup

Congratulation! You have successfully installed OrangeScrum CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10.

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