Ubuntu Apache

Installing Faveo Helpdesk Community on Ubuntu


Faveo can run on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fosa), Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish).

Installation steps :

Faveo depends on the following:

  • Apache (with mod_rewrite enabled)
  • PHP 8.1+ with the following extensions: curl, dom, gd, json, mbstring, openssl, pdo_mysql, tokenizer, zip
  • MySQL 8.0+ or MariaDB 10.6+

1. LAMP Installation

Follow the instructions here If you follow this step, no need to install Apache, PHP, MySQL separetely as listed below

Run the following commands as sudoers or Login as root user by typing the command below

sudo su

1.a. Update your package list

apt update && apt upgrade -y

1.b. Apache Apache should come pre-installed with your server. If it’s not, install it with:

apt-get install -y software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/apache2
sudo apt update
apt install apache2
systemctl start apache2
systemctl enable apache2

2. Install some Utility packages

apt install -y git wget curl unzip nano zip

2.a. PHP 8.1+

First add this PPA repository:

add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Then install php 8.1 with these extensions:

apt update
apt install -y php8.1 libapache2-mod-php8.1 php8.1-mysql \
    php8.1-cli php8.1-common php8.1-fpm php8.1-soap php8.1-gd \
    php8.1-opcache  php8.1-mbstring php8.1-zip \
    php8.1-bcmath php8.1-intl php8.1-xml php8.1-curl  \
    php8.1-imap php8.1-ldap php8.1-gmp php8.1-redis

After installing PHP 8.1, run the commands below to open PHP default config file.

nano /etc/php/8.1/fpm/php.ini

Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below are great settings to apply in your environment.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
short_open_tag = On
memory_limit = 256M
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0
upload_max_filesize = 100M
post_max_size = 100M
max_execution_time = 360

2.b. Setting Up ionCube

wget http://downloads3.ioncube.com/loader_downloads/ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz 
tar xvfz ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz 

Make the note of path and directory from the below first command.

Copy ion cube loader to Directory. Replace your yourpath below with actual path that was shown with the first command below.

php -i | grep extension_dir
cp ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_8.1.so /usr/lib/php/'replaceyourpath'
sed -i '2 a zend_extension = "/usr/lib/php/'replaceyourpath'/ioncube_loader_lin_8.1.so"' /etc/php/8.1/apache2/php.ini
sed -i '2 a zend_extension = "/usr/lib/php/'replaceyourpath'/ioncube_loader_lin_8.1.so"' /etc/php/8.1/cli/php.ini
sed -i '2 a zend_extension = "/usr/lib/php/'replaceyourpath'/ioncube_loader_lin_8.1.so"' /etc/php/8.1/fpm/php.ini

systemctl restart apache2 

2.c. Mysql

The official Faveo installation uses Mysql as the database system and this is the only official system we support. While Laravel technically supports PostgreSQL and SQLite, we can’t guarantee that it will work fine with Faveo as we’ve never tested it. Feel free to read Laravel’s documentation on that topic if you feel adventurous.

Install Mysql 8.0 or MariaDB 10.6. Note that this only installs the package, but does not setup Mysql. This is done later in the instructions:

For Ubuntu 18.04

sudo apt update
sudo apt install software-properties-common -y
curl -LsS -O https://downloads.mariadb.com/MariaDB/mariadb_repo_setup
sudo bash mariadb_repo_setup --mariadb-server-version=10.6
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mariadb-server mariadb-client
sudo systemctl enable mariadb

For Ubuntu 20.04

sudo apt install dirmngr ca-certificates software-properties-common gnupg gnupg2 apt-transport-https curl -y
curl -fsSL http://repo.mysql.com/RPM-GPG-KEY-mysql-2022 | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/mysql.gpg > /dev/null
echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/mysql.gpg] http://repo.mysql.com/apt/ubuntu focal mysql-8.0' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mysql.list
echo 'deb-src [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/mysql.gpg] http://repo.mysql.com/apt/ubuntu focal mysql-8.0' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mysql.list
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mysql-community-server -y
sudo systemctl start mysql
sudo systemctl enable mysql

For Ubuntu 22.04

sudo apt update
sudo apt install mariadb-server mariadb-client -y
sudo systemctl start mariadb
sudo systemctl enable mariadb

Secure your MySql installation by executing the below command. Set Password for mysql root user, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, remove the test databases and finally reload the privilege tables.


phpMyAdmin(Optional): Install phpMyAdmin. This is optional step. phpMyAdmin gives a GUI to access and work with Database

apt install phpmyadmin

Once the softwares above are installed:

3. Upload Faveo

You may install Faveo by simply cloning the repository. In order for this to work with Apache, you need to clone the repository in a specific folder:

mkdir -p /var/www/faveo
cd /var/www/faveo
git clone https://github.com/ladybirdweb/faveo-helpdesk.git

You should check out a tagged version of Faveo since master branch may not always be stable. Find the latest official version on the release page

3.a Extracting the Faveo-Codebase zip file

unzip "Filename.zip" -d /var/www/faveo

Give proper permissions to the project directory by running:

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/faveo
cd /var/www/faveo/
find . -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;
find . -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;

4. Setup the database

Log in with the root account to configure the database.

mysql -u root -p

Create a database called ‘faveo’.


Create a user called ‘faveo’ and its password ‘strongpassword’.

CREATE USER 'faveo'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'strongpassword';

We have to authorize the new user on the faveo db so that he is allowed to change the database.

GRANT ALL ON faveo.* TO 'faveo'@'localhost';

And finally we apply the changes and exit the database.


5. Configure Apache webserver

5.a. Configure a new faveo site in apache by doing:

Pick a editor of your choice copy the following and replace ‘–DOMAINNAME–’ with the Domainname mapped to your Server’s IP or you can just comment the ‘ServerName’ directive if Faveo is the only website served by your server.

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/faveo.conf
<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName --DOMAINNAME-- 
    ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
    DocumentRoot /var/www/faveo/public

    <Directory /var/www/faveo/public>
        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
# Uncomment the below lines and replace the Server-IP and Domainame to configure IP to Domainname rewrite rule
#    RewriteEngine on
#    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^--Server-IP--
#    RewriteRule (.*) http://--Domainname--

5.b. Disable Directory Browsing on Apache:

Disable Directory Browsing on Apache, edit the apache2.conf and change Options Indexes FollowSymLinks to Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks & AllowOverride value from none to All under <Directory /var/www/> section.

<Directory "/var/www">
    Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride All 
    # Allow open access:
    Require all granted

5.c. Enable the rewrite module and disable default site of the Apache webserver:

a2enmod rewrite
a2dissite 000-default.conf
a2ensite faveo.conf
# Enable php7.1 fpm, and restart apache
a2enmod proxy_fcgi setenvif
a2enconf php7.1-fpm

5.d. Apply the new .conf file and restart Apache and PHP-FPM. You can do that by running:

service php7.1-fpm restart
service apache2 restart

6. Configure cron job

Faveo requires some background processes to continuously run. Basically those crons are needed to receive emails To do this, setup a cron that runs every minute that triggers the following command php artisan schedule:run.Verify your php ececutable location and replace it accordingly in the below command.

Create a new /etc/cron.d/faveo file with:

echo "* * * * * www-data /usr/bin/php /var/www/faveo/artisan schedule:run 2>&1" | sudo tee /etc/cron.d/faveo

7. Redis Installation

Redis is an open-source (BSD licensed), in-memory data structure store, used as a database, cache and message broker.

This is an optional step and will improve system performance and is highly recommended.

Redis installation documentation

8. SSL Installation

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a server and a client. Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority.

This is an optional step and will improve system security and is highly recommended.

Let’s Encrypt SSL installation documentation

9. Install Faveo

At this point if the domainname is propagated properly with your server’s IP you can open Faveo in browser just by entering your domainname. You can also check the Propagation update by Visiting this site www.whatsmydns.net.

Now you can install Faveo via GUI Wizard or CLI

10. Final step

The final step is to have fun with your newly created instance, which should be up and running to http://localhost or the domain you have configured Faveo with.