In this tutorial we will show you how to install Coppermine Photo Gallery on Ubuntu 15.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Coppermine is a multi purpose, fully featured and integrated web picture gallery script written in PHP which will allows users to organize images and photos. It also supports multiple users and the administrator of the gallery can determine the access level to the script features for each one of them. The administrator can also define the allowed actions for the unregistered users.
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 Coppermine Photo Gallery on an Ubuntu 15.04 server.
Install Coppermine Photo Gallery on Ubuntu 15.04
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, MySQL, PHP) server.
A Ubuntu 15.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here.
Step 3. Installing Coppermine Photo Gallery.
First thing to do is to go to Coppermine’s download page and download the latest stable version of Coppermine Photo Gallery, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.5.40:
mv cpg15x/ /var/www/html/coppermine
We will need to change some folders permissions:
chown www-data:www-data -R /var/www/html/coppermine
Step 4. Configuring MySQL for Coppermine Photo Gallery.
By default, MySQL is not hardened. You can secure MySQL 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 MySQL:
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 MySQL console and create a database for the Coppermine Photo Gallery. Run the following command:
mysql -u root -p
This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MySQL root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for Coppermine Photo Gallery installation:
mysql> CREATE DATABASE copperminedb;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON copperminedb.* TO 'coppermineuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
mysql> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Coppermine Photo Gallery.
Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘coppermine.conf’ on your virtual server:
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/coppermine.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/coppermine.conf
Add the following lines:
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log common
Next, Edit the ‘/etc/php5/apache2/php.ini’ configuration file:
Add/modify the following settings:
max_execution_time = 300
max_input_time = 300
memory_limit = 256M
post_max_size = 32M
upload_max_filesize = 32M
Now, we can restart Apache web server so that the changes take place:
systemctl restart apache2.service
Step 6. Accessing Coppermine Photo Gallery.
Coppermine Photo Gallery will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/install.php or http://server-ip/install.php and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.
Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Coppermine Photo Gallery. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Coppermine Photo Gallery on your Ubuntu 15.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Coppermine Photo Gallery web site.