How to install Redmine Project Management Software on Ubuntu 20.04

Redmine is a free and open-source project management application written in Ruby. It provides a web-based interface that allows you to manage your project from the web browser. It is a cross-platform, and cross-database application that provides free and paid tools, and supports for wikis, forums, calendars, etc.

Features

  • Gantt chart and calendar
  • Support multiple projects
  • Role-based access control
  • Email notification
  • Issue tracking system
  • SCM integration
  • Support multiple language and database

In this post, we will show you how to install Redmine on Ubuntu 20.04 server.

Prerequisites

  • A server running Ubuntu 20.04.
  • A valid domain name pointed with your server IP.
  • A root password is configured on the server.

Getting Started

First, you will need to update the APT package cache to your system. You can update it with the following command:

apt-get update -y

Once the APT cache is updated, install other required tools with the following command:

apt-get install build-essential libmysqlclient-dev libmysqlclient-dev imagemagick libmagickwand-dev libmagickcore-dev apt-transport-https ca-certificates dirmngr gnupg2 -y

Once all the packages are installed, you can proceed to the next step.

Install Apache, MariaDB, and Passenger

Next, you will need to install the Apache web server, MariaDB database, and Passenger to your system. You can install all of them with the following command:

apt-get install apache2 apache2-dev libapache2-mod-passenger mariadb-server mariadb-client -y

Once all the packages are installed, start the Apache and MariaDB service:

systemctl start apache2
systemctl start mariadb

Once you are finished, you can proceed to the next step.

Configure MariaDB Database

First, you will need to set a MariaDB root password and secure the installation. You can do it with the following command:

mysql_secure_installation

Answer all the questions as shown below:

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

Next, log in to MariaDB with the following command:

mysql -u root -p

Once you are login, create a database and user with the following command:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE redmine CHARACTER SET utf8mb4;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON redmine.* TO 'redmine'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

Next, flush the privileges and exit from the MariaDB with the following command:

MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
MariaDB [(none)]> EXIT;

Once you are finished, you can proceed to the next step.

Install Redmine

By default, the Redmine package is available in the Ubuntu default repository. You can install it with the following command:

apt-get install redmine redmine-mysql -y

During the installation, you will be asked to configure a database for Redmine as shown below:

Configuring Redmine

Select yes and hit Enter to continue. You will be asked to set a MySQL application password as shown below:

MySQL password

Confirm password

Set your password and click on the OK button to finish the installation.

Next, update the gem package with the following command:

gem update

Once the gem is updated, install the bundler package with the following command:

gem install bundler

Once you are finished, you can proceed to the next step.

Configure Passenger

Next, you will need to configure Passenger to run as a www-data user. You can do it by editing the file passenger.conf:

nano /etc/apache2/mods-available/passenger.conf

Change the file as shown below:

<IfModule mod_passenger.c>
  PassengerDefaultUser www-data
  PassengerRoot /usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/phusion_passenger/locations.ini
  PassengerDefaultRuby /usr/bin/ruby
</IfModule>

Save and close the file when you are finished.

Next, create a symbolic link of redmine to Apache web root directory:

ln -s /usr/share/redmine/public /var/www/html/redmine

Next, set proper ownership to the redmine directory with the following command:

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

Once you are finished, you can proceed to the next step.

Configure Apache for Redmine

Next, you will need to create an Apache virtual host configuration file for Redmine. You can create it with the following command:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/redmine.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
  ServerAdmin [email protected]
  DocumentRoot /var/www/html/redmine
  ServerName redmine.example.com
  <Directory /var/www/html/redmine>
    RailsBaseURI /redmine
    PassengerResolveSymlinksInDocumentRoot on
  </Directory>

  ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
  CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
</VirtualHost>

Save and close the file when you are finished.

Next, enable the Apache rewrite module and Redmine virtual host file with the following command:

a2enmod rewrite*
a2ensite redmine.conf

Next, restart the Apache service to apply the changes.

systemctl restart apache2

You can now check the status of the Apache service with the following command:

systemctl status apache2

You should see the following output:

? apache2.service - The Apache HTTP Server
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/apache2.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Wed 2021-06-09 04:01:29 UTC; 9min ago
       Docs: https://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/
    Process: 27698 ExecReload=/usr/sbin/apachectl graceful (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
      Tasks: 77 (limit: 4691)
     Memory: 12.5M
     CGroup: /system.slice/apache2.service
             ??21346 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
             ??27703 Passenger watchdog
             ??27706 Passenger core
             ??27711 Passenger ust-router
             ??27729 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
             ??27730 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start

Access Redmine Web UI

Now, open your web browser and access the Redmine web interface using the URL http://redmine.example.com. You should see the following page:

Redmine Home

Click on the Sign in button. You should see the Redmine login page:

Redmine Login

Provide default username as admin and the password as admin then click on the Login button. You should see the password reset screen:

Set new admin password

Provide your new password and click on the Apply button to apply the changes. You should see the following page:

Redmine dashboard

Conclusion

Congratulations! you have successfully installed Redmine with Apache on Ubuntu 20.04. For more information, visit the Redmine documentation at Redmine doc

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