Running SugarCRM Community Edition On Nginx (LEMP) on Debian Squeeze/Ubuntu 11.04

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Submitted by falko (Contact Author) (Forums) on Tue, 2011-11-01 17:38. :: Debian | Ubuntu | Web Server | nginx

Running SugarCRM Community Edition On Nginx (LEMP) on Debian Squeeze/Ubuntu 11.04

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Author: Falko Timme <ft [at] falkotimme [dot] com>
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Last edited 09/22/2011

SugarCRM is a webbased CRM solution written in PHP. SugarCRM is available in different flavours called "Editions" ("Community" (free), "Professional", and "Enterprise"). For a detailed overview of the different editions, have a look at the SugarCRM website. In this tutorial I will describe the installation of the free Community Edition on a Debian Squeeze or Ubuntu 11.04 system that has nginx installed instead of Apache (LEMP = Linux + nginx (pronounced "engine x") + MySQL + PHP). With the modules My Portal, Calendar, Activities, Contacts, Accounts, Leads, Opportunities, Cases, Bugtracker, Documents and Email, SugarCRM Community Edition offers everything that can be expected from a CRM solution.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

I want to install SugarCRM in a vhost called here with the document root /var/www/

You should have a working LEMP installation, as shown in these tutorials:

A note for Ubuntu users:

Because we must run all the steps from this tutorial with root privileges, we can either prepend all commands in this tutorial with the string sudo, or we become root right now by typing

sudo su


2 Installing APC

APC is a free and open PHP opcode cacher for caching and optimizing PHP intermediate code. It's similar to other PHP opcode cachers, such as eAccelerator and XCache. It is strongly recommended to have one of these installed to speed up your PHP page.

APC can be installed as follows:

apt-get install php-apc

Afterwards we need to check two settings in our php.ini. If you use PHP-FPM as your FastCGI daemon (like in Installing Nginx With PHP5 (And PHP-FPM) And MySQL Support On Ubuntu 11.04), your php.ini is /etc/php5/fpm/php.ini:

vi /etc/php5/fpm/php.ini

Make sure that the memory_limit is at least 64M and set the upload_max_filesize to 20M:

memory_limit = 128M      ; Maximum amount of memory a script may consume (128MB)
; Maximum allowed size for uploaded files.
upload_max_filesize = 20M

Restart PHP-FPM as follows:

/etc/init.d/php5-fpm restart

If you use lighttpd's spawn-fcgi program as your FastCGI daemon (like in Installing Nginx With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Debian Squeeze), your php.ini is /etc/php5/cgi/php.ini:

vi /etc/php5/cgi/php.ini

memory_limit = 128M      ; Maximum amount of memory a script may consume (128MB)
; Maximum allowed size for uploaded files.
upload_max_filesize = 20M

We must kill the current spawn-fcgi process (running on port 9000) and create a new one. Run

netstat -tap

to find out the PID of the current spawn-fcgi process:

root@server1:~# netstat -tap
Active Internet connections (servers and established)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       PID/Program name
tcp        0      0 *:sunrpc                *:*                     LISTEN      734/portmap
tcp        0      0 *:www                   *:*                     LISTEN      2987/nginx
tcp        0      0 *:ssh                   *:*                     LISTEN      1531/sshd
tcp        0      0 *:57174                 *:*                     LISTEN      748/rpc.statd
tcp        0      0 localhost.localdom:smtp *:*                     LISTEN      1507/exim4
tcp        0      0 localhost.localdom:9000 *:*                     LISTEN      1542/php5-cgi
tcp        0      0 localhost.localdo:mysql *:*                     LISTEN      1168/mysqld
tcp        0     52      ESTABLISHED 1557/0
tcp6       0      0 [::]:www                [::]:*                  LISTEN      2987/nginx
tcp6       0      0 [::]:ssh                [::]:*                  LISTEN      1531/sshd
tcp6       0      0 ip6-localhost:smtp      [::]:*                  LISTEN      1507/exim4

In the above output, the PID is 1542, so we can kill the current process as follows:

kill -9 1542

Afterwards we create a new spawn-fcgi process:

/usr/bin/spawn-fcgi -a -p 9000 -u www-data -g www-data -f /usr/bin/php5-cgi -P /var/run/


3 Installing SugarCRM

The document root of my web site is /var/www/ - if it doesn't exist, create it as follows:

mkdir -p /var/www/

Install unzip to be able to unpack the SugarCRM package:

apt-get install unzip

You can download SugarCRM Community Edition from or Pick the latest .zip file (version 6.3.0RC1 at the time of this wrinting) and place it in your document root:

cd /tmp
cd SugarCE-Full-6.3.0RC1/
mv * /var/www/

It is recommended to make the document root and the SugarCRM files in it writable by the nginx daemon (otherwise SugarCRM cannot write configuration files) which is running as user www-data and group www-data:

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

Next we create an nginx vhost configuration for our vhost in the /etc/nginx/sites-available/ directory as follows:

vi /etc/nginx/sites-available/

server {
       listen 80;
       root /var/www/;
       if ($http_host != "") {
                 rewrite ^$request_uri permanent;
       index index.php index.html;
       location = /favicon.ico {
                log_not_found off;
                access_log off;
       location = /robots.txt {
                allow all;
                log_not_found off;
                access_log off;
       # Deny all attempts to access hidden files such as .htaccess, .htpasswd, .DS_Store (Mac).
       location ~ /\. {
                deny all;
                access_log off;
                log_not_found off;
       location / {
                try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;
       # Add trailing slash to */wp-admin requests.
       rewrite /wp-admin$ $scheme://$host$uri/ permanent;
       location ~*  \.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif|css|js|ico)$ {
                expires max;
                log_not_found off;
       location ~ \.php$ {
                try_files $uri =404;
                include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;
                fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;

To enable that vhost, we create a symlink to it from the /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/ directory:

cd /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/

Reload nginx for the changes to take effect:

/etc/init.d/nginx reload

Start the webbased SugarCRM installer by opening the URL in your browser.

The SugarCRM setup wizard comes up - click on Next:

On the next page, scroll down and click on the Next button:

Accept the license (GNU Affero General Public License) and click on Next:

Select Typical Install and click on Next:

Select the database type (MySQL):

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Submitted by Antonio Musarra (not registered) on Wed, 2014-02-26 18:33.

Hi, Since version 7 of Sugar you would implement url rewrite rules. See  at 






Submitted by Jason (not registered) on Thu, 2012-01-26 15:01.

Find a good tutorial for installing sugarcrm on nginx server here

It really helped me alongside howtoforge. Especially the repositories for getting this thing done on CentOS/Redhat.

Submitted by Anonymous (not registered) on Sun, 2012-01-29 19:50.
That was a good link too. However I am using Ubuntu.. The binpipe one tells stuff on centos...