How to Install Ariadne CMS on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Ariadne is a free, open source, feature rich cross-platform and security-focused Content Management System written in PHP language. It is tested with more than one million objects on desktop hardware. Ariadne is stable and fully backward compatible for at least the last ten years. It comes with lot's of features including, SVN support, DTAP support, supports multiple language sites, user and group management, import/export of projects, builtin inline WYSIWYG editor, mobile friendly and much more.

In this tutorial, we will learn how to install Ariadne in Ubuntu 18.04 server.


  • A server running Ubuntu 18.04.
  • A root password is setup to your server.

Install LAMP Server

Before starting, you will need to install Apache, MariaDB and PHP to your system. First, install Apache and MariaDB server by running the following command:

apt-get install apache2 mariadb-server -y

By default, the latest version of the PHP is not available in Ubuntu 18.04, so you will need to add the repository for that. You can add it with the following command:<?p>

apt-get install python-software-properties -y
add-apt-repository -y ppa:ondrej/php

Once the repository is updated, you can install PHP and other libraries with the following command:

apt-get install libapache2-mod-php7.1 php7.1-common php7.1-mbstring php7.1-xmlrpc php7.1-soap php7.1-gd php7.1-xml php7.1-intl php7.1-mysql php7.1-cli php7.1-mcrypt php7.1-zip php7.1-curl imagemagick subversion php7.1-tidy tidy libtidy-dev -y

Next, start Apache and MariaDB service and enable them to start on boot time using the following command:

systemctl start apache2
systemctl start mysql
systemctl enable apache2
systemctl enable mysql

Configure MariaDB

By default, MariaDB installation is not secured. So you will need to secure it first. You can do this by running the mysql_secure_installation script.


Answer all the questions as shown below:

Enter current password for root (enter for none): Enter
Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
New password: 
Re-enter new password: 
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 into MariaDB shell with the following command:

mysql -u root -p

Enter your root password, then create a database and user for Ariadne:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE ariadnedb;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON ariadnedb.* TO 'ariadne'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

Next, flush the privileges with the following command:


Finally, exit from the MariaDB shell:

MariaDB [(none)]> exit;

Install Ariadne

Next, download the latest version of the ariadne from their official website:


Once the download is completed, unzip the downloaded file with the following command:

unzip 9.7

Next, copy ariadne to the apache root directory and lib directory with the following command:

cp -r ariadne-9.7/www /var/www/html/ariadne
cp -r ariadne-9.7 /usr/local/lib/ariadne

Next, give proper permissions to the ariadne directory:

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/ariadne
chmod -R 777 /var/www/html/ariadne
chmod -R 777 /usr/local/lib/ariadne

Next, change the directory to the ariadne and rename the ariadne configuration file:

cd /var/www/html/ariadne/

Next, you will need to create an apache virtual host directive for ariadne. You can do this with the following command:

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

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
 ServerAdmin [email protected]
 DocumentRoot /var/www/html/ariadne
 <Directory /var/www/html/ariadne/>
Options +FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
 ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/ariadne-error_log
 CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ariadne-access_log common

Save and close the file, then enable virtual host file with the following command:

a2ensite ariadne

Finally, restart apache service to apply all the changes:

systemctl restart apache2

Access Ariadne

Now, open your web browser and type the URL, you will be redirected to the following page:

Access Ariadne CMS

Select language as per your need and click on the Next button, you should see the following page:

Select language

Make sure all the requirements of Ariadne are met, then click on the Next button, you should see the following page:

Accept license

Now, accept the license agreement and click on the Next button, you should see the following page:

Database configuration

Here, provide your database details and click on the Next button, you should see the following page:

Ariadne configuration

Here, set your administrator password and click on the Next button to start the installation. Once the installation is completed, you should see the following page:

Starting Ariadne Configuration

Now, click on the Next button, you will be redirected to the Ariadne login page as shown below:

Login to Ariadne CMS

Provide your administrator username as admin and password which you have set earlier, then click on the Login button, you should see the following page:

Ariadne Dashboard

That's it. You have successfully installed Ariadne CMS on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server.

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