In this tutorial we will show you how to install osTicket on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, os-Ticket is a widely-used and trusted open source support ticket system. It seamlessly routes inquiries created via email, web-forms and phone calls into a simple, easy-to-use, multi-user, web-based customer support platform. Generally Used for Help Desk services.
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 osTicket open source support ticket system on an Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus server.
Install osTicket 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.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
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:
apt-get install php7.0-mysql php7.0-curl php7.0-json php7.0-cgi php7.0 libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0-mcrypt php7.0-xmlrpc php7.0-gd
Download the latest stable version of osTicket, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.10.1:
sudo mkdir /var/www/html/osticket
sudo unzip osTicket-v1.10.1.zip
Next, copy the sample config file:
cp upload/include/ost-sampleconfig.php upload/include/ost-config.php
We will need to change some folders permissions:
chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/osticket
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:
- Set root password? [Y/n] y
- 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
Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the osTicket. Run the following command:
mysql -u root -p
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 osTicket installation:
CREATE DATABASE osticket;
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON osticket.* TO 'osticketuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘osticket.conf’ on your virtual server:
sudo a2enmod rewrite
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/osticket.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/osticket.conf
Add the following lines:
allow from all
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log common
Now, we can restart Apache web server so that the changes take place:
systemctl restart apache2.service
osTicket will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com or http://server-ip and complete the required the steps to finish the installation.
Once the installation has completed, remove the setup directory and change the permission of the osTicket config file:
sudo rm -rf /var/www/html/osticket/upload/setup
sudo chmod 0644 /var/www/html/osticket/include/ost-config.php