Install Akaunting on Ubuntu 18.04

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It’s always a good idea to have applications to manage your personal or business finances. With it, you will be able to have an ordered form all the countable information of one determines, especially if many transactions are carried out in line. Therefore, today I will teach you how to install Akaunting in Ubuntu 18.04.

Akaunting is online accounting software for businesses. It is a very simple application but it is powerful too. It is open source and this is a great advantage because with it you will be sure that your privacy is guaranteed.

Besides, it’s totally free. However, don’t be fooled by its price is a great application and with many features. For example, it has a great reporting system, you can handle the cash flow without problems. On the other hand, it is accessible from multiple mobile devices because it is built with web technologies.

So, let us start to install Akaunting.

1. Install Apache and PHP

Akaunting is a web application. In other words, it requires a web server and jointly PHP. You can use Ngnix but for now, we will use the Apache web server.

So, first install Apache web server.

:~$ sudo apt install apache2
1.- Install apache
1.- Install apache

So, it is necessary to enable the service. Then, check the service status.

:~$ sudo systemctl enable apache2
:~$ sudo systemctl status apache2
2.- Working with the apache service
2.- Working with the Apache service

Next, install PHP and all the requires modules.

:~$ sudo apt install php7.2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-imap php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-soap php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-intl php7.2-mysql php7.2-cli php7.2-ldap php7.2-zip php7.2-curl unzip
Install PHP
Install PHP

In order for Akaunting to work optimally, it is necessary to make some changes in the PHP configuration.

So, open the PHP configuration file and make the following changes:

:~$ sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini
file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 30M
post_max_size = 40M
max_execution_time = 60
zend.assertions = 0
display_errors = Off
max_input_vars = 1500
date.timezone = YOUR_TIMEZONE

In order to check that everything is OK with PHP and Apache, create a file on /var/www/html/ and name it test.php. After that, add the following.

:~$ sudo nano /var/www/html/test.php
<?php
phpinfo();
?>
4.- Phpinfo
4.- Phpinfo

Restart apache.

:~$ sudo systemctl restart apache2

Next, open your web browser and open it. Go to http://SERVER_IP/text.php. You should see something like this.

5.- PHP info output
5.- PHP info output

So, you can continue.

2. Install MariaDB

The next step is to install MariaDB as the database handler. Akaunting is a program that handles a lot of information so it is necessary to store it in a database and MariaDB stands out for its robustness, simplicity of use and above all reliability.

So, let us install MariaDB.

:~ sudo apt install mariadb-server
6.- install MariaDB
6.- install MariaDB

After that, configure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. With this script, you can set the root password.

:~$ sudo mysql_secure_installation
7.- Configuring MariaDB
7.- Configuring MariaDB

You will be asked a few questions, for this tutorial are irrelevant and you can answer as you want. However, read them carefully to find the best configuration for you.

Next, create the database and user for Akaunting.

:~$ sudo mysql -u root -p
CREATE DATABASE akauntingdb;
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON akauntingdb.* TO 'akauntinguser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'pss';
FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
exit;
8.- Creating the new user
8.- Creating the new user

So, that’s all with MariaDB.

3. Install Akaunting

Now it’s time to install Akaunting. To do this, first, download the latest stable version.

:~$ curl -O -J -L https://akaunting.com/download.php?version=latest
9.- Download and install Akaunting
9.- Download and install Akaunting

Next, decompress the file on the apache root directory. But first, create a folder.

:~$ sudo mkdir -p /var/www/html/akaunting
:~$ sudo unzip Akaunting_*.zip -d /var/www/html/akaunting/
10.- Decompress the file
10.- Decompress the file

Now it is necessary to modify the permissions of that folder so that there are no problems when running Akaunting.

:~$ sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/akaunting/
:~$ sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/akaunting/
11.- Change the permission
11.- Change the permission

4. Create a VirtualHost for Akaunting

In order for Apache to handle Akaunting correctly, it is necessary to make a Virtualhost. To do this, run this command.

:~$ sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/akaunting.conf

And add the following:

<VirtualHost *:80>
   ServerAdmin admin@osradar.com
   DocumentRoot /var/www/html/akaunting
   ServerName osradar.lan
   DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
<Directory /var/www/html/akaunting/>
   Options +FollowSymlinks
   AllowOverride All
   Require all granted
</Directory>
ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/akaunting_error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/akaunting_access.log combined
</VirtualHost>
12.- Virtualhost for akaunting
12.- Virtualhost for akaunting

Replace the value of ServerAdmin and ServerName for yours.

Next, enable the new virtual host. Enable the rewrite module for apache. Finally, restart apache.

:~$ sudo a2ensite akaunting
:~$ sudo a2enmod rewrite
:~$ sudo systemctl restart apache2
13.- Enabling apache
13.- Enabling apache

5. Complete the installation from the web

Now it is necessary to access from the web to complete the installation of Akaunting. Open your web browser and go to your domain. You should see this. So, select the installation language.

14.- Language installation
14.- Language installation

Next, type the databases credentials.

15.- Database setup
15.- Database setup

Then, complete the company and admin details.

16.-  enter the company details
16.- enter the company details

Now, you will see the login screen. Type your credentials.

17 log in page
17 log in page

Next, you will see the wizard. Scroll down and click on save.

18.- Wizard installation
18.- Wizard installation

Next, you will see the currencies screen. So, you can add some of them. Or click on skip.

19.- Currency screen
19.- Currencies screen

So, the next step is to configure the taxes.

20.- Taxes screen
20.- Taxes screen

Finish the process.

21.- Finish the process
21.- Finish the process

Next, you will see the dashboard.

22.- The dashboard
22.- The dashboard

And that’s it.

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