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Installation for development

In this instructions we've used Ubuntu 15.10. Other platforms can work as well but you have to figure it out yourself ;)

In this example we're going to install it at /var/www/groupoffice-server. The API URL will be http://localhost/api

To install the GroupOffice server follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have the required software:

    • GIT
    • Apache2, PHP5.6+ and MySQL5.5+
    • curl (Just required to install composer)
    • Composer

    Install Apache, PHP, MySQL and sudo. We also need some specific extensions:

    $ sudo apt-get install mysql-server libapache2-mod-php php-mysql php-curl php-zip

    Install GIT and curl.

    $ sudo apt-get install git curl

    Install composer:

     $ curl -sS | php
     $ sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
  2. clone the repository:

    It's recommended to put the server outside the web server document root for security reasons.

    $ cd /var/www
    $ git clone
  3. Run composer in the working directory. This will install all required PHP libraries:

    $ cd /var/www/groupoffice-server
    $ composer install
  4. You must create the web accessible access point and we do this with an apache Alias.

    Create a file /etc/apache2/conf-available/groupoffice-server.conf:

        Alias /api /var/www/groupoffice-server/public/index.php
        <Directory /var/www/groupoffice-server/public>
        require all granted

    Enable this config:

    $ sudo a2enconf groupoffice-server
    $ sudo service apache2 reload
  5. Create a MySQL database and user for GroupOffice. For example named "go7".

    Here are some example commmands. If you use a root password then add -p.

    $ mysql -u root -e "CREATE DATABASE go7"
    $ mysql -u root -e "GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON go7.* TO 'go7'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'secret' WITH GRANT OPTION"
  6. Create the data folder where Group-Office can store files.

    $ mkdir /var/www/groupoffice-server/data
    $ sudo chown www-data:www-data /var/www/groupoffice-server/data
  7. Create config.php configuration file by copying the defaults:

    $ cd /var/www/groupoffice-server
    $ cp config.php.example config.php

    Set the correct database parameters and data storage path created in step 6 + 7.

    Now it should work. Launch the API:


    This will redirect to a system test page:


    It should output that all is OK ;). It doesn't look pretty but it's not meant to be because it's just an API.

  8. Open http://localhost/api/system/install to install the database.

  9. Install command line wrapper script Create the file /usr/local/bin/groupoffice and put this in:

    sudo -u www-data /var/www/groupoffice-server/bin/groupoffice $@    

    Make this file executable:

    sudo chown +x /usr/local/bin/groupoffice

    This allows you to run command line actions easily. For example:

    groupoffice system/upgrade
    groupoffice accounts/sync
    groupoffice cron/run
  10. Install cron job in /etc/cron.d/groupoffice-server :

    * * * * * www-data /usr/local/bin/groupoffice cron/run
  11. Read the Usage chapter about how to login and use the API.

    The default login is:

    Username: admin Password: Admin1!

  12. Now install the Web client

  13. Updating, When you want to update use these commands:

    $ git pull
    $ composer update
    $ groupoffice system/upgrade
  14. Create a second command to run CLI as the current user:

    ln -s /var/www/groupoffice-server/bin/groupoffice /usr/local/bin/sugroupoffice