Install HumHub on an Ubuntu Trusty with Nginx and MariaDB
5 March, 2021 by
Install HumHub on an Ubuntu Trusty with Nginx and MariaDB
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In this guide we will show you how install HumHub on an Ubuntu VPS with Nginx and MariaDB. HumHub is a flexible open source social network application written in PHP on top of the Yii framework. HumHub has a bunch of great features such sharing documents and files, responsive design, user spaces, activity stream and many more. This should work on other Linux VPSsystems as well but was tested and written for Ubuntu 14.04 VPS.


Update the system and install necessary packages.

~# apt-get -y update && apt-get -y upgrade
~# apt-get install software-properties-common python-software-properties git curl imagemagick

Install PHP and Nginx

apt-get install nginx php5-fpm php5-cli php5-gd php5-mysql php5-curl php5-ldap php5-memcached

Clone the git repository

Create a root directory for your web site and clone the git repository from github

~# mkdir -p /var/www/{public_html,logs}
~# git clone /var/www/

Install MariaDB and create a database.

~#  apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver hkp:// 0xcbcb082a1bb943db
~# add-apt-repository 'deb trusty main'
~# apt-get -y update
~# echo -e "Package: *\nPin: origin\nPin-Priority: 1000" | tee /etc/apt/preferences.d/mariadb
~# apt-get install mariadb-server
~# mysql -uroot -p
MariaDB [(none)]> create database humhub;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON humhub.* TO 'humhub'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'humhubPassword';
MariaDB [(none)]> flush privileges;
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Nginx configuration

Create a new Nginx server block with the following content

~# cat <<'EOF' > /etc/nginx/sites-available/
server {
    listen 80;
    root /var/www/;
    access_log /var/www/;
    error_log /var/www/;
    index index.php;
    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;
    location ~* \.(?:ico|css|js|gif|jpe?g|png|ttf|woff)$ {
        access_log off;
        expires 30d;
        add_header Pragma public;
        add_header Cache-Control "public, mustrevalidate, proxy-revalidate";
    location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(.*)$;
        fastcgi_keep_conn on;
        include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
    location ~ /\.ht {
        deny all;

    location /protected {
        deny all;

    location /uploads/file {
        deny all;

Symlink it and restart the server

~# ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/ /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
~# /etc/init.d/nginx restart

Set the correct permissions

~# chown -R www-data: /var/www/

Create cron Jobs

30 * * * * /var/www/ cron hourly >/dev/null 2>&1
00 18 * * * /var/www/ cron daily >/dev/null 2>&1

Enable url rewriting

Add the following lines in the /var/www/ file

<?php return array ( 'components'=>
array (
'urlManager' => array(
'urlFormat' => 'path',
'showScriptName' => false,

Finally, open your browser and run the HumHub installation process.

For more information about how to manage your HumHub installation, please refer to the
HumHub website.






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