How To Install Kanboard on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

r00t February 20, 2018

Install Kanboard on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial we will show you how to install Kanboard on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Kanboard is a free and open source project management tool that uses the Kanban methodology. Kanboard focuses on minimalism and simplicity, it is mainly designed for small teams. It also helps you to manage your projects and visualize your workflow.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Kanboard open source project management on an Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus server.

Install Kanboard on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP)  server.

A Ubuntu 16.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also install all required PHP modules:

Step 3. Installing Kanboard.

First, Download and unzip the latest version of Kanboard:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

Next, copy the included config.default.php to config.php and change the database information by using these commands:

Create a configuration file named config.php using nano editor and enter the following contents into the file:

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Kanboard.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

Configure it like this:

Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Kanboard. Run the following command:

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for Kanboard installation:

Import the Kanboard Database Schema:

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Kanboard.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘kanboard.conf’ on your virtual server:

Add the following lines:

Now, we can restart Apache web server so that the changes take place:

Step 5. Accessing Bolt Kanboard.

Kanboard will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip/kanboard.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Kanboard. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Kanboard open source project management on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Kanboard web site.

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