coreBOS needs an operating system capable of running Apache, MySQL, and PHP. In principle Linux, Windows and Mac OS are capable of this and it works correctly in all three. It is true that as soon as you start using the program in your company and uploading information, you will need to optimize the use of these applications' resources in the operating system to get the most out of it. We strongly recommend Linux operating systems, because of this and how easy it is to obtain a Linux server from any hosting provider, we will explain the process mainly for Linux. Since Linux natively brings Apache, PHP, and MySQL, we recommend installing these programs through the mechanisms of your distribution.

The important thing is to activate the PHP modules and configure the following PHP variables: max_execution_time, max_input_vars, error_reporting.


Both the requirements and the values can be seen on the wiki: http://corebos.org/documentation/doku.php?id=en:install550


WAMP / LAMP battery

In order to install coreBOS on a Linux server we will need the following services:

  • LAMP / WAMP software stack installation

    • Apache 2.0.40 or higher

    • MySQL 5.1.x

    • PHP version 5.3.x to 5.6.x

This is a typical battery / LAM P P WAM. All Linux distributions have this natively so we recommend that you install your distribution packages (make sure you have the correct versions). In the windows download XAMPP Apache friends stack. You can see the list of application versions at http://code.stephenmorley.org/articles/Xampp-version-historia-Apache-MySQL-PHP

Here are the installation and download instructions:

LAMP For Linux Ubuntu: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ApacheMySQLPHP

WAMP For Windows: http://sourceforge.net/projects/wamp-server/

MYSQL Requirements

Check the MySQL configuration (my.cnf file or server boot parameters)

ENGINE=InnoDB You must be available (Disable -skipinnodb)


PHP extensions

Enable these extensions in PHP settings

GD REQUIRED Required for graphics generation
IMAP REQUIRED The Webmail module depends on this library
DOM (php-xml) REQUIRED New dependency for coreBOS Updater
OpenSSL Optional Imap with OpenSSL must be activated in case the mail server needs to be accessed via SSL
Curl Optional -


PHP settings

Make sure the PHP configuration has the following recommended values.

allow_call_time_pass_reference on
error_reporting E_ERROR
safe_mode off
display_errors on
file_uploads on
max_execution_time 600
max_input_vars 2000
post_max_size 16M
memory_limit 512M
log_errors off
output_buffering on
register_globals off


If you have the Suhosin extension installed, it adds restrictions to make PHP more secure, but some of these restrictions "break" coreBOS.

To solve this problem you must change two variables from the Suhosin configuration file: normally in /etc/php5/conf/suhosin.ini

suhosin.post.max_vars = 2000

suhosin.request.max_vars = 2000

After making this change, restart your Apache server

File Permissions

The following files and their folders (recursively; that is, down) you must have access in READ / WRITE mode.

READ AND WRITE permissions must be enabled for users / groups that have web server processes (such as www-data or httpd or apache).


  • Config.inc.php

  • tabdata.php

  • install.php

  • parent_tabdata.php

  • Cache

  • cache/images/

  • cache/import/

  • storage/

  • install/

  • user_privileges/

  • Smarty/cache/

  • Smarty/templates_c/

  • modules/Emails/templates/

  • modules/

  • cron/modules/

  • test/vtlib/

  • backup/

  • Smarty/templates/modules/

  • test/wordtemplatedownload/

  • test/product/

  • test/user/

  • test/contact/

  • test/logo/

  • logs/

  • modules/Webmails/tmp/


Please make sure you meet all these requirements



In case this part is out of your knowledge, ask for help or support from an administrator who can verify all these requirements.

Also during the installation process, there is a previous step that will verify these conditions and inform you if you find any problems to be corrected before proceeding with the installation.

Admin Manual
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