Install / Update Dolibarr ERP/CRM on Linux

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Dolibarr is a popular open-source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software that can be installed on Linux systems. It offers a wide range of features for managing businesses, including accounting, invoicing, project management, inventory, and more. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of installing Dolibarr on a Linux system.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • Linux Operating System: Dolibarr can be installed on various Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, or Fedora. In this guide, we’ll use Ubuntu 22.04 LTS as an example.
  • Web Server: Dolibarr requires a web server to run, so you’ll need to have Apache or Nginx installed on your Linux system.
  • Database Server: Dolibarr uses a database to store its data, so you’ll need to have a database server installed, such as MySQL or MariaDB.
  • PHP: Dolibarr is built using PHP, so you’ll need to have PHP installed on your system.

Step 1: Install the Required Packages

Update the Package Index:

$ sudo apt-get update

Install Apache Web Server:

$ sudo apt-get install apache2 -y

Install MariaDB Database Server:

$ sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client -y

Install PHP and Required Modules:

$ sudo apt-get install php libapache2-mod-php php-mysql php-gd php-curl php-zip php-mbstring php-xml php-intl -y

Restart Apache:

$ sudo systemctl restart apache2

Step 2: Secure the MariaDB Database

Run the MySQL Secure Installation Script:

$ sudo mysql_secure_installation

This script will prompt you to set a root password for the MariaDB database, and it will also remove some insecure default settings.

Log in to the MariaDB Console:

$ sudo mysql -u root -p

Enter the root password you set in the previous step.

Create the Dolibarr Database and User:

CREATE USER 'dolibarr'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your_password';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON dolibarr.* TO 'dolibarr'@'localhost';

Replace 'your_password' with a strong, unique password for the Dolibarr user.

Step 3: Download and Extract Dolibarr

Download the Latest Dolibarr Release:

$ wget

This will download the latest stable version of Dolibarr (19.0.0 in this example).

Extract the Downloaded Archive:

$ sudo tar -xzf 19.0.0.tar.gz -C /var/www/html/

This will extract the Dolibarr files to the /var/www/html/ directory.

Rename the Extracted Directory:

$ sudo mv /var/www/html/dolibarr-19.0.0 /var/www/html/dolibarr

This will rename the extracted directory to dolibarr, making it easier to access the Dolibarr installation.

Set the Correct Permissions:

$ sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/dolibarr
$ sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/dolibarr

These commands set the correct ownership and permissions for the Dolibarr directory and files.

Step 4: Configure the Apache Web Server

Create a Virtual Host Configuration File:

$ sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/dolibarr.conf

Add the following content to the file:

<VirtualHost *:80>
      DocumentRoot /var/www/html/dolibarr/htdocs
      <Directory /var/www/html/dolibarr/htdocs>
         Options FollowSymLinks
         AllowOverride All
         Require all granted
      ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/dolibarr-error.log
      CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/dolibarr-access.log combined

Replace with your desired domain name.

Enable the Virtual Host:

$ sudo a2ensite dolibarr.conf

Restart Apache:

$ sudo systemctl restart apache2

Step 5: Complete the Dolibarr Installation

Open the Dolibarr Installation Page:

In your web browser, navigate to Replace with your actual domain name or IP address.

Follow the Dolibarr Installation Wizard:

  • On the first page, click “Start” to begin the installation process.
  • On the configuration page, enter the database connection details:
    • Database name: dolibarr
    • Database user: dolibarr
    • Database password: the password you set earlier
  • Create a Dolibarr super-user account and click “Next Step” to continue.
  • Review the installation summary and click “Next Step” to complete the installation.

Secure the Installation:

To prevent unauthorized access to the Dolibarr installation, create an installation lock file:

$ sudo touch /var/www/html/dolibarr/documents/install.lock

This file will prevent anyone from accessing the installation wizard again.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Dolibarr ERP/CRM on your Linux system. You can now log in to the Dolibarr web interface using the super-user account you created during the installation process.

Updating Dolibarr

To update Dolibarr to a newer version, follow these steps:

Backup Your Dolibarr Data:

Before updating, it’s essential to create a backup of your Dolibarr data, including the database and any custom configurations or files.

Download the Latest Dolibarr Release:

$ wget

Replace the version number with the latest stable release.

Extract the Downloaded Archive:

$ sudo tar -xzf 19.0.1.tar.gz -C /var/www/html/

Rename the Extracted Directory:

$ sudo mv /var/www/html/dolibarr-19.0.1 /var/www/html/dolibarr

Set the Correct Permissions:

$ sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/dolibarr
$ sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/dolibarr

Clear the Cache and Logs:

$ sudo rm -rf /var/www/html/dolibarr/documents/cache/*
$ sudo rm -rf /var/www/html/dolibarr/documents/logs/*

Restart Apache:

$ sudo systemctl restart apache2

That’s it! Your Dolibarr installation has been updated to the latest version. Remember to test your updated Dolibarr installation thoroughly before putting it into production.


If you encounter any issues during the installation or usage of Dolibarr, here are some common troubleshooting steps you can try:

Check the Apache Error Logs:

$ sudo tail -n 50 /var/log/apache2/error.log

This will show you the last 50 lines of the Apache error log, which may provide clues about the issue you’re facing.

Check the Dolibarr Logs:

$ sudo tail -n 50 /var/www/html/dolibarr/documents/logs/dolibarr.log

The Dolibarr log file may contain more specific information about any errors or problems you’re experiencing.

Verify the Database Connection:

$ sudo mysql -u dolibarr -p

Log in to the MariaDB console and ensure that the Dolibarr database and user are set up correctly.

Check the Dolibarr Configuration File:

$ sudo nano /var/www/html/dolibarr/htdocs/conf/conf.php

Verify that the database connection details in the Dolibarr configuration file are correct.

Seek Community Support:

If you’re unable to resolve the issue on your own, consider seeking help from the Dolibarr community. You can post your question on the Dolibarr forums or reach out to the Dolibarr development team for assistance.

By following the steps outlined in this guide and troubleshooting any issues that arise, you should be able to successfully install and configure Dolibarr ERP/CRM on your Linux system.