In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration of Simple Invoices on your CentOS 7 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Simple Invoices is an open source invoicing system which is completely free to use, making it perfect for small business owners. You can also use Simple Invoices to create receipts, estimates and quotes for your company.
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. I will show you through the step by step installation Simple Invoices in CentOS 7.
Install Simple Invoices on CentOS 7
Step 1. First let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.
yum -y update
Step 2. Install LAMP server.
A CentOS 7 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also install required PHP modules:
yum -y install php php-pdo php-common php-mysql
Step 3. Installing Simple Invoices.
First thing to do is to go to Simple Invoices’s download page and download the latest stable version of Simple Invoices, At the moment of writing this article it is version 2011.1:
Unpack the Simple Invoices archive to the document root directory on your server:
unzip simpleinvoices.2011.1.zip -d /var/www/html/simpleinvoices
We will need to change some folders permissions:
chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/simpleinvoices/
Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Simple Invoices.
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 Simple Invoices. 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 Simple Invoices installation:
CREATE DATABASE simpleinvoices;
CREATE USER 'siuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `simpleinvoices`.* TO 'siuser'@'localhost';
Edit the Simple Invoices configuration file and enter the details of the database we created:
### nano /var/www/html/simpleinvoices/config/config.ini
database.params.host = localhost
database.params.username = siuser
database.params.password = PASSWORD
database.params.dbname = simpleinvoices
Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Simple Invoices.
We will create Apache virtual host for your Simple Invoices website. First create ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with using a text editor of your choice:
Next, create the virtual host:
Add the following lines:
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Require all granted
Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effects:
systemctl restart httpd.service
Step 6. Accessing Simple Invoices.
Simple Invoices 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. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.
Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Simple Invoices. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Simple Invoices on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Simple Invoices web site.