How to install Liferay on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS

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Liferay is free and open source enterprise portal framework, used for enabling corporate Extranet and Intranet. Liferay can be also used as a web application framework and/or content management framework. It comes with all the features that a website needs to offer to its users. It is made of many functional units, which are known as portlels. Liferay is build in Java and offers support for variety of extensions and plug-ins for many programming languages.

Liferay comes with tons of useful features such as:

  • Full-featured Web Publishing
  • Flexible Enterprise Integration Framework
  • Out-of-the-box Tools
  • User Personalization
  • Role Based Content Delivery
  • Unified Documents and Media
  • User-Driven Workflow
  • Auditing and Performance Monitoring
  • Team-Based Site Editing
  • Integration with Microsoft Office®
  • Social Networking and Analytics
  • Built-in High Availability Features
  • Standards-Based

In this Liferay installation guide, we will guide you through the steps of installing Liferay on one of our Ubuntu cloud servers.

To start the Liferay installation, you have to login to your Ubuntu VPS through SSH as user root

ssh [email protected]_adress

and run the following command in your terminal update all services installed on your VPS

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

Install Java

apt-get install software-properties-common
add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
apt-get update
apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

Check if Java is successfully installed

java -version
java version "1.8.0_111"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_111-b14)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.111-b14, mixed mode)

Download the desired Liferay bundle. In this tutorial we will download and use Tomcat bundle

cd /opt/

Unzip the downloaded bundle and rename the directory to something simpler

mv liferay-ce-portal-7.0-ga3/ liferay
rm -f

Install MySQL server on your VPS if it is not already installed.

apt-get install mysql-server

Please note that to run the latest version of Liferay, MySQL 5.6.4 or newer is required. On older Ubuntu versions you can install it using the following command

apt-get install mysql-server-5.6

and run the mysql_secure_installation script to secure your MySQL installation

Once the MySQL installation is completed, start the MySQL server and enable the service on system boot:

systemctl restart mysql
systemctl enable mysql

Create a new MySQL database and user for Liferay portal:

mysql> CREATE DATABASE lportal;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON lportal.* TO 'lportal'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
mysql> \q

New, we will create a new file to configure MySQL

cd liferay/

Replace PASSWORD with the actual password we set when we created the MySQL user and database.

edit the file and increase the memory. Make sure that the ‘Xmx’ and ‘MaxPermSize’ have the following values

vi tomcat-8.0.32/bin/
Xmx2048m -XX:MaxPermSize=1024m

Now, you can start your Liferay Portal installation by executing the startup script provided by the application


The application may take some time to be fully started. You can follow the log file for more details

tailf tomcat-8.0.32/logs/catalina.out

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

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  1. Juan Carlos Martínez Sierra

    Excellent contribution, thank you very much!.

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