Install PEEL shopping on an Ubuntu Cloud

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PEEL Shopping cart is an eCommerce shopping cart platform written in PHP. It has a simple to use administrative interface and you can easily create and maintain your own online store. In this tutorial, we will focus on installing PEEL shopping on an Ubuntu Cloud with Apache, PHP and MySQL

Log in to your Ubuntu virtual server via SSH as user root

ssh [email protected]_Adress

Before proceeding any further, start a screen session by executing the following command:

screen -U -S peel

Install some packages that are needed for the PEEL shopping installation

apt-get install wget unzip

And make sure that all packages installed on your server are up to date

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

Next, we will install Apache web server

apt-get install apache2

Start the web server and enable it to automatically start on server reboot

systemctl start apache2
systemctl enable apache2

PEEL shopping requires an empty database, so we need to install a database server too. Run the following command to install MySQL

apt-get install mysql-server

During the installation, you will be prompted to set a password for the MySQL ‘root’ user.

Start the MySQL database server and enable it to start at boot time

systemctl start mysql
systemctl enable mysql

After the MySQL database server is installed, login as user root and create new MySQL user and database for PEEL shopping

mysql -u root -p

CREATE USER 'peeluser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `peel`.* TO 'peeluser'@'localhost';

PEEL shopping is a PHP based application so we need to install PHP and few PHP modules required by the application.

apt-get install php php-mysql libapache2-mod-php php-mcrypt php-simplexml php-mbstring php-curl php-gd

Go to PEEL’s official website and download the latest stable release of the shopping card to your server. At the time of writing this article, it is version 8.0.4


Unpack the downloaded zip archive to the document root directory on your server:

unzip -d /var/www/html

All files will be extracted to a new ‘peel-shopping_8_0_4’ directory. Rename it to something simpler.

mv /var/www/html/peel-shopping_8_0_4 /var/www/html/peel

Change the ownership of all files under the ‘peel’ directory

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/peel

Now we will create a virtual host directive for the domain name. Create a new configuration file with the following content

vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/peel.conf

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/peel/"
ErrorLog "/var/log/apache2/"
CustomLog "/var/log/apache2/" combined

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

Don’t forget to replace with your actual domain, save and close the file.

Enable the configuration file

a2ensite peel

Restart Apache for the changes to take effect:

service apache2 reload

Once the Apache virtual host is created you can open your favorite web browser, access PEEL shopping at and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

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 PEEL shopping for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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