How to install Open Real Estate on CentOS 7

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Open Real Estate is a free and open source app that you can use to build websites for real estate agencies and realtors. It’s built on the Yii framework and it has all the features you’d need out of the box. It is fairly easy to install Open Real Estate on a CentOS 7 Cloud VPS. The installation process should take about 5-10 minutes if you follow the very easy steps described below.


In order to run Open Real Estate on your VPS, the following requirements have to be met:

  • MySQL or MariaDB
  • PHP 5.3 +
  • Apache 2 with mod_php module

In this tutorial, we will install the latest version of Open Real Estate on one of our CentOS 7 Cloud VPSes with MariaDB, PHP, and Apache (LAMP)

If you want to install Open Real Estate on Ubuntu, then follow this tutorial: How to install Open Real Estate on Ubuntu 14.04

Update the system

First of all login to your CentOS 7 Cloud VPS via SSH as user root:

ssh [email protected]_Address

and make sure that it is fully up to date:

yum -y update

Install MariaDB server

Open Real Estate requires an empty database, so we will install the MariaDB server:

yum -y install mariadb mariadb-server

Once it is installed, start MariaDB and enable it to start on boot:

systemctl start mariadb
systemctl enable mariadb

and run the mysql_secure_installation post-installation script to finish the MariaDB set-up:


Enter current password for root (enter for none): ENTER
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

Once MariaDB is installed, login to the database server as user root, and create a database and a user for Open Real Estate:

mysql -u root -p

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE orestate;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON orestate.* TO 'orestateuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'YOUR-PASSWORD';
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

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

Install Apache Web Server

Next, we will install Apache web server:

yum install httpd -y

start Apache and make it start on boot:

systemctl start httpd.service
systemctl enable httpd.service

Install PHP 7

The default PHP version on CentOS 7 is PHP 5.4. In this tutorial, we will install PHP version 7.

Install Remi and EPEL repository packages:

rpm -Uvh
rpm -Uvh

Enable Remi PHP 7 repo:

yum-config-manager --enable remi-php70

and install PHP 7 and several PHP modules required by Open Real Estate by executing the following command:

yum -y install php php-mysql php-pecl-zip php-xml php-mbstring php-gd php-pdo

Next, open the PHP configuration file and increase the upload file size. You can find the location of the PHP configuration file by executing the following command:

php --ini |grep Loaded
Loaded Configuration File:         /etc/php.ini

In our case, we have to make changes to the /etc/php.ini file. We will increase the default upload limit to 100 MB. You can set the values according to your needs. Run the following commands:

sed -i "s/post_max_size = 8M/post_max_size = 100M/" /etc/php.ini
sed -i "s/upload_max_filesize = 2M/upload_max_filesize = 100M/" /etc/php.ini

and restart the web server:

systemctl restart httpd

Install Open Real Estate

Download and extract the latest version of Open Real Estate on your server:

cd /opt && wget wget
unzip -d orestate
mv orestate/ /var/www/html/orestate

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

chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/orestate/

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

touch /etc/httpd/conf.d/orestate.conf
nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/orestate.conf

Then, add the following lines:

<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]com
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/orestate/"
ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/"
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/" combined

<Directory "/var/www/html/orestate/">
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

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

systemctl restart httpd

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

That is it. The Open Real Estate 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 Open Real Estate for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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  Comments: 6

  1. hi, I followed the instructions step by step, but I can not lift the site, only the apache test page comes out

    best regards

  2. i have an issue where the webpage for installing the open real estate says that my permission is required to be 777 despite me changing the permission already and changed the owner to apache too.

    • If you have followed the tutorial you shouldn’t have any issues after you have changed the owner to apache.
      You can check the files should be 644 and the folders 755

  3. hi admin, does centos 8 able to install that?

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