How to install Arastta on Ubuntu

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Today we will show you how to install Arastta on Ubuntu 14.04 using Apache web-server and MySQL database.

Arastta is free open source e-commerce application for online merchants. Arastta provides a professional and reliable foundation from which to build a successful online store. It is the next generation of eCommerce software built with modern technologies such as Symfony, Doctrine (soon), MVC, Bootstrap, jQuery, Swift Mailer etc. It is fairly easy to install Arastta on an Ubuntu 14.04 Cloud Server. The installation process should take about 5-10 minutes if you follow the very easy steps described below.

At the time of writing this tutorial, Arastta 1.3.2 is the latest stable version available and it requires:

  • Apache web server;
  • PHP (version 5.3.10 or higher);
  • MySQL(version 5.1 or higher) installed on your Linux Cloud VPS;

Installation instructions:

Log in to your VPS via SSH

ssh [email protected]_IP
Update the system
[user]$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade
Install MariaDB 10.0

To install MariaDB, run the following command:

[user]$ sudo apt-get install -y mariadb-server

Next, we need to create a database for our Arastta installation.

[user]$ mysql -u root -p

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE arastta;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON arastta.* TO 'arasttauser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password';
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Do not forget to replace ‘your-password’ with a strong password.

Install Apache2 web server
[user]$ sudo apt-get install apache2
Install PHP and required PHP modules

To install the latest stable version of PHP version 5 and all necessary modules, run:

[user]$ sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mcrypt php5-mysql php5-gd

Download and extract the latest version of Arastta to a directory on your server:

[user]$ sudo cd /opt && wget
[user]$ sudo mv download.php?version=latest
[user]$ sudo unzip -d arastta
[user]$ sudo mv arastta/ /var/www/html/arastta

All files have to be readable by the web server, so we need to set a proper ownership

[user]$ sudo chown www-data:www-data -R /var/www/html/arastta/

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘arastta.conf’ on your virtual server:

[user]$ sudo touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/arastta.conf
[user]$ sudo ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/arastta.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/arastta.conf
[user]$ sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/arastta.conf

Then, add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/arastta/
<Directory /var/www/html/arastta/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

Restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect:

[user]$ sudo service apache2 restart

Open your favorite web browser, navigate to and if you configured everything correctly the Arastta installer should be starting. You should follow the easy instructions on the install screen inserting the necessary information as requested.

That is it. The Arastta installation is now complete.

Of course you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Linux Cloud VPS Hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to install Arastta for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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  Comments: 2

  1. typo above at
    [user]$ sudo touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/warastta.conf

    should be
    [user]$ sudo touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/arastta.conf

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