How to Install ProcessWire CMS on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

ProcessWire is a free and open source PHP-based content management system and content management framework. It is a simple, flexible and powerful CMS built to save you time and work the way you do. ProcessWire provides easy to use web interface that enables you to publish websites easily. It is specially designed for ease of use that allows you to create powerful and dynamic content websites.


  • Role-based access control system.
  • Web-based graphical installer.
  • Provides fully modular plugin architecture and powerful template system.
  • Multi language support.
  • Supports rich text editing.
  • Drag-and-drop file and image uploads and editing functions.

In this tutorial, I will explain how to install ProcessWire with Apache web server on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.


  • A server running Ubuntu 18.04..
  • A non-root user with sudo privileges.

Getting Started

Before starting, you will need to update your system with the latest version. You can do this by running the following command:

sudo apt-get update -y
sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Once your system is updated, restart the system to apply the changes.

Install Apache, MariaDB and PHP

First, you will need to install Apache web server, MariaDB server, PHP and other PHP modules to your server. You can install all the packages by just running the following command:

sudo apt-get install apache2 mariadb-server unzip wget php7.2 php7.2-mysql php7.2-curl php7.2-json php7.2-cgi libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-gd php7.2-mbstring php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-soap php7.2-xml php7.2-intl php7.2-cli php7.2-ldap php7.2-zip php7.2-readline php7.2-imap php7.2-tidy php7.2-recode php7.2-sq php7.2-intl -y

Once all the packages are installed, open php.ini file and make some changes:

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini

Make the following changes:

memory_limit = 300M
upload_max_filesize = 200M
max_execution_time = 400
date.timezone = Asia/Kolkata
sudo systemctl restart apache2
sudo systemctl restart mariadb
sudo systemctl enable apache2
sudo systemctl enable mariadb

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

sudo systemctl status mariadb


? mariadb.service - MariaDB 10.1.34 database server
 Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
 Active: active (running) since Sat 2018-12-01 22:46:13 UTC; 9h ago
 Docs: man:mysqld(8)
 Process: 1317 ExecStartPost=/bin/sh -c systemctl unset-environment _WSREP_START_POSITION (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Process: 1313 ExecStartPost=/etc/mysql/debian-start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Process: 935 ExecStartPre=/bin/sh -c [ ! -e /usr/bin/galera_recovery ] && VAR= || VAR=`/usr/bin/galera_recovery`; [ $? -eq 0 ] && systemc
 Process: 931 ExecStartPre=/bin/sh -c systemctl unset-environment _WSREP_START_POSITION (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Process: 819 ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/install -m 755 -o mysql -g root -d /var/run/mysqld (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 1164 (mysqld)
 Status: "Taking your SQL requests now..."
 Tasks: 27 (limit: 2323)
 CGroup: /system.slice/mariadb.service
 ??1164 /usr/sbin/mysqld

Dec 01 22:45:54 ubuntu1804 systemd[1]: Starting MariaDB 10.1.34 database server...
Dec 01 22:46:05 ubuntu1804 mysqld[1164]: 2018-12-01 22:46:05 140324667522176 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld (mysqld 10.1.34-MariaDB-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) 
Dec 01 22:46:13 ubuntu1804 /etc/mysql/debian-start[1318]: Upgrading MySQL tables if necessary.
Dec 01 22:46:13 ubuntu1804 systemd[1]: Started MariaDB 10.1.34 database server.

Configure MariaDB

By default, MariaDB installation is not secured. So, you will need to secure it first. You can secure it by running the following command:

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Answer all the questions as shown below:

 Enter current password for root (enter for none):
 Set root password? [Y/n]: N
 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

Once the MariaDB is secured, log in to MariaDB shell:

mysql -u root -p

Provide your root password. Then, create a database and user for ProcessWire with the following command:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE processdb;
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER process;

Next, grant privileges to the ProcessWire database with the following command:

MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON processdb.* TO 'process'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

Next, flush the privileges with the following command:


Next, exit from the MariaDB console with the following command:

MariaDB [(none)]> exit

Download and Install ProcessWire

You can download the latest version of ProcessWire from Git repository using the following command:


After downloading, unzip the downloaded file with the following command:


Next, copy the extracted directory to the Apache web root directory with the following command:

sudo cp -r processwire-master /var/www/html/processwire

Next, give proper permissions to the processwire directory with the following command:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/processwire/
sudo chmod -R 777 /var/www/html/processwire/

Configure Apache for ProcessWire

Next, you will need to create an Apache virtual host file for ProcessWire. You can do this by running the following command:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/processwire.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
 ServerAdmin [email protected]
 DocumentRoot /var/www/html/processwire

 <Directory /var/www/html/processwire/>
 Options +FollowSymlinks
 AllowOverride All
 Require all granted

 ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/processwire_error.log
 CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/processwire_access.log combined


Save and close the file, when you are finished. Then, enable Apache virtual host file and rewrite module with the following command:

sudo a2ensite processwire.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite

Finally, restart Apache service to apply all the changes:

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Access ProcessWire

Open your web browser and type the URL You will be redirected to the ProcessWire Welcome page:

ProcessWire Installer

Now, click on the Get Started button. You should see the following page:

Site Installation Profile

Select Classic site installation profile and click on the Continue button. You should see the following page:

Compatibility Check

After validating all the requirements, click on the Continue To Next Step button. You should see the following page:

Database setup

Timezone and file permissions

HTTP Host Name

Here, provide your database details like, hostname, database name, database username and password, Timezone. Then, click on the Continue button. You should see the following page:

Test Database configuration

Admin account setup


Here, provide your Admin login URL, admin username and password. Then, click on the Continue button. Once the installation completed successfully, you should see the following page:

Setup completed

Now, click on the Login To Admin button. You should see the following page:

Admin Login

Provide your admin username and password. Then, click on the Login button. You should see the ProcessWire default dashboard in the following page:

Admin dashboard

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