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Install Pimcore 10 on Ubuntu 20.04

Pimcore is a fully integrated software stack for CMS, DAM, PIM, and Commerce that is the leading open source platform for managing digital data.

Pimcore CMS is a web-based content management system written in PHP that uses MariaDB as its database. As a result, you’ll need to set up latest Nginx, PHP, and MariaDB on your machine.

  1. Install Nginx Server and start the server
sudo apt-get install nginx
sudo systemctl start nginx
sudo systemctl enable nginx

2. Install latest MariDB and start the server

Add MariaDB 10.4 Repository

$ sudo apt install software-properties-common
$ sudo apt-key adv --fetch-keys ''
$ sudo add-apt-repository 'deb [arch=amd64,arm64,ppc64el] focal main'

Run System Update and Install MariaDB 10.4

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install mariadb-server

Start MariaDB Service and set root password

$ systemctl start mariadb
$ systemctl enable mariadb.service

$ mysql_secure_installation

3. Install PHP 8.0 on the server

Add the Ondrej Sury PPA Repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Next, update the system repositories

sudo apt update

Install PHP 8.0 with all PHP extensions required to run PIMCORE

apt install php8.0 php8.0-fpm  php8.0-gd php8.0-mysqlnd php8.0-pdo php8.0-iconv php8.0-dom php8.0-simplexml php8.0-gd php8.0-exif php8.0-mbstring php8.0-zlib php8.0-zip php8.0-intl php8.0-opcache php8.0-curl php8.0 php8.0-cli php8.0-zip php8.0-json

Start PHP-FPM and enable it

systemctl start php8.0-fpm
systemctl enable php8.0-fpm

Add below values to php.ini for PIMCORE installation

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 512M
upload_max_filesize = 200M
post_max_size = 250M
max_execution_time = 300
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0

Next, install COMPOSER latest for PIMCORE

$ sudo apt update
$ curl -sS -o composer-setup.php
$ sudo php composer-setup.php --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer

Now, create database for PIMCORE

mysql -u root -p
Enter Password:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE pimcoredb;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON pimcoredb.* TO 'pimcoreuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
MariaDB [(none)]> EXIT


Pimcore needs to be installed on your root directory where your domain is pointed in Nginx conf.

For Skeleton Package to be installed

cd /var/www/pimcore
COMPOSER_MEMORY_LIMIT=-1 composer create-project pimcore/skeleton my-project

For Demo Package to be installed

cd /var/www/pimcore
COMPOSER_MEMORY_LIMIT=-1 composer create-project pimcore/demo my-project

Point the document root of your domain in Nginx conf to the newly created /public folder inside my-project folder.

An example Nginx conf is added below.

upstream php-pimcore10 {
    server unix:/var/run/php/pimcore.sock;

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;


    root /var/www/pimcore/my-project/public;

    location ~* /\.well-known/ {
      try_files $uri /;
       return 301 https://$host$request_uri;

server {
    listen 443 ssl http2;
    listen [::]:443 ssl http2;


    root /var/www/pimcore/my-project/public;
    index index.php;

    ssl_certificate   path to SSL cert;
    ssl_certificate_key path to SSL key;
    ssl_session_timeout 1d;
    ssl_session_cache shared:MozSSL:10m;  # about 40000 sessions
    ssl_session_tickets off;
    ssl_protocols TLSv1.2 TLSv1.3;
    ssl_prefer_server_ciphers off;

    # HSTS (ngx_http_headers_module is required) (63072000 seconds)
    add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=63072000" always;

    # OCSP stapling
    ssl_stapling on;
    ssl_stapling_verify on;
    server_tokens off;
    add_header Content-Security-Policy "default-src 'self';" always;
    add_header Referrer-Policy same-origin;
    add_header Feature-Policy "geolocation 'none';midi 'none';sync-xhr 'none';microphone 'none';camera 'none';magnetometer 'none';gyroscope 'none';fullscreen 'self';payment 'none';";
    add_header Permissions-Policy "geolocation=(), midi=(), sync-xhr=(), microphone=(), camera=(), magnetometer=(), gyroscope=(), fullscreen=(self), payment=()";
    add_header X-Frame-Options "SAMEORIGIN" always;
    add_header X-Xss-Protection "1; mode=block" always;
    add_header X-Content-Type-Options "nosniff" always;
    client_max_body_size 100m;
    access_log  /var/log/access.log;
    error_log   /var/log/error.log error;
    rewrite ^/cache-buster-(?:\d+)/(.*) /$1 last;

    location ~* /var/assets/.*\.php(/|$) {
        return 404;
    location ~* /\.(?!well-known/) {
        deny all;
        log_not_found off;
        access_log off;
    location ~* (?:\.(?:bak|conf(ig)?|dist|fla|in[ci]|log|psd|sh|sql|sw[op])|~)$ {
        deny all;
    location ~* ^/admin/(adminer|external) {
        rewrite .* /index.php$is_args$args last;
    location ~* .*/(image|video)-thumb__\d+__.* {
        try_files /var/tmp/thumbnails$uri /index.php;
        expires 2w;
        access_log off;
        add_header Cache-Control "public";
    location ~* ^(?!/admin)(.+?)\.((?:css|js)(?:\.map)?|jpe?g|gif|png|svgz?|eps|exe|gz|zip|mp\d|ogg|ogv|webm|pdf|docx?|xlsx?|pptx?)$ {
        try_files /var/assets$uri $uri =404;
        expires 2w;
        access_log off;
        log_not_found off;
        add_header Cache-Control "public";
    location / {
        error_page 404 /meta/404;
        try_files $uri /index.php$is_args$args;
    location ~ ^/index\.php(/|$) {
        send_timeout 1800;
        fastcgi_read_timeout 1800;
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
        try_files $fastcgi_script_name =404;
        set $path_info $fastcgi_path_info;
        fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $path_info;
        fastcgi_pass php-pimcore10;

Run the Installer now

cd /var/www/pimcore/my-project/public

The installation will ask you for Admin Details and Database Details. Provide them and Pimcore will install Successfully.

You can access your admin area using the below URL
pimcore installation

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