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How to install Collabtive 3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04

How to install Collabtive 3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04
How to install Collabtive 3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04

In the following tutorial, we will teach you how to install Collabtive 3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04.
I have talked about the Ubuntu and Linux VPS Hosting, the details of which you can read in these articles:

  1. How to install PyCharm on Ubuntu 16.04
  2. What is VPS Hosting and what are the benefits?



Collabtive is an open source web-based project management software which was made in PHP. Its purpose is to help you keep track of your projects.
Moreover, Collabtive can be used to create task lists, milestones, time tracking, messaging, instant messaging, file management, role-based user permissions, reporting, exporting, calendaring, and multilingual interfaces.

How to install Collabtive 3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04

This guide was made specifically for Ubuntu 16.04, however, it can work on any Linux distribution. The procedure for installing Collabtive 3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04, should not take more than 10 minutes.

Step 1: Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL

In this guide, we will assume that Apache, PHP, and MySQL are currently installed and configured on your Collabtive VPS.  Hence, we assume that  the latest stable version was Collabtive 3.1 and it needs the following:

  • PHP 5.5 or PHP 7 with the mbstring and mysql (or sqlite) PHP extensions enabled.
  • Apache Web Server >= 2.0 compiled with mod_rewrite module and with the following directives allowed: DirectoryIndex, Deny, Allow, Options, Order, AddHandler, RewriteEngine, RewriteBase, RewriteCond, and RewriteRule.
  • MySQL, MariaDB or SQLite installed on your server.

Step 2: Installing Collabtive

Retrieve the latest version of Collabtive and extract it by executing the commands below.

cd /opt
wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/collabtive/files/latest/download -O collabtive.zip
unzip collabtive.zip -d /var/www/html/collabtive/

Step 3: Set up file ownership

The web server user (www-data) has to be able to write to the ‘config.php’ file, ‘files’, and ‘templates_c’ folders. Running the commands below will allow this to happen.

sudo chown www-data:www-data -R /var/www/html/collabtive/
sudo chmod +w  /var/www/html/collabtive/config/standard/config.php
sudo chmod +w  /var/www/html/collabtive/files
sudo chmod +w  /var/www/html/collabtive/templates_c

Step 4: Creating a Virtual Host

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. In our example we create a new apache configuration file called ‘collabtive.conf’ on your virtual server.

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/collabtive.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/collabtive.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/collabtive.conf

you can use ‘a2ensite’ to enable the ‘collabtive.conf’ the configuration in Apache.

sudo a2ensite collabtive.conf

Step 6: Configuring the collective.conf file

Modify the ‘collabtive.conf’ Apache configuration file.

vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/collabtive.conf

Append the lines shown below into the file.

<VirtualHost *:80>
 ServerAdmin admin@your-domain.com
 DocumentRoot /var/www/html/collabtive/
 ServerName your-domain.com
 ServerAlias www.your-domain.com
 <Directory /var/www/html/collabtive/>
 Options FollowSymLinks
 AllowOverride All
 ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-error_log
 CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log common

Step 7: Restarting the Apache web server

Restart the Apache web server, this allows the changes to take effect.

service apache2 restart

Step 8: Creating a new database and assigning a user with permissions

  •  Create a new MySQL database so Collabtive has something to use,  hence you will be able to assign a user to it with full permissions.
mysql -u root -p
mysql> CREATE DATABASE collabtivedb;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON collabtivedb.* TO 'collabtiveuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
mysql> quit

Step 9: Proceed with the installation via web installer

Open the web browser of your choice and enter the URL
http://your-domain.com/install.php page.
After this, you will move to the first page of the Collabtive web installer.
You need to Select the installer language and verify that you have met all system requirements before choosing  MySQL as the database driver.

  • Choose the MySQL database host, database name, database username, and database password. After this, just click to pursue the installation.
  • On the next page, create an administrator user and set its password.
  • For security reasons, we suggest that you remove the ‘install.php’ and ‘update.php’ files from the server.
rm /var/www/html/collabtive/install.php
rm /var/www/html/collabtive/update.php

You should now have fully installed Collabtive.
Hence, Log in to the Administrator back-end area at ‘http:///your-domain.com‘ to configure Collabtive so that it suits your needs. with the help of plugins, you can also stretch the functionality of your installation.
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Updated on December 23, 2018

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  1. nice, but does not work for me, I installed on Ubuntu 18.4 LTS and after calling install.php it says only “Requested to use sqlite, which is not enabled!”. But i installed a mysql 5.7.25. Whats wrong ?

    1. Hi Walter , you have to install sqlite the install.php requires that.

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