# Root install (LEMP)

This guide is for Ubuntu 18.04.3 (LTS) x64 and it will install Chevereto in a LEMP stack (Linux, NGINX, MySQL and PHP).

Replace example.com with your own domain

# Prepare the system

Before begin, make sure that the base system is updated.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Go with the recommended option if asked about updating or keep packages.

# Install NGINX

sudo apt install nginx

# Install MySQL database

sudo apt install mysql-server

Enter to the MySQL console.

sudo mysql -u root

Once in the MySQL console, you will see a mysql> prompt. Run the following statements:

CREATE USER 'chevereto' IDENTIFIED BY 'enter_a_password_here';
GRANT ALL ON chevereto.* TO 'chevereto' IDENTIFIED BY 'enter_a_password_here';

Note: You must take note of the database name, user and password (where it reads enter_a_password_here) as these details will be required later on.

Once the database, user and permissions are set, run the following command to secure your MySQL installation.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Answer all the questions as follows.

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

# Install PHP

sudo apt install php-fpm php-zip php-curl php-mbstring php-gd php-mysql

Create the chevereto.ini file using the nano editor.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/fpm/conf.d/chevereto.ini

Paste Ctrl+Shift+V this:

upload_max_filesize = 20M;
post_max_size = 20M;
max_execution_time = 30;
memory_limit = 512M;

Write close Ctrl+o Ctrl+x.

# Setup the website

Create the path for the website files and assign the www-data owner and group.

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/html/example.com/public_html
sudo chown www-data:www-data /var/www/html/example.com/public_html

Remove the default NGINX website.

sudo rm -f /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default

Create the website configuration file using the nano editor.

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/example.com.conf

Paste Ctrl+Shift+V this:

server {
    listen         80 default_server;
    listen         [::]:80 default_server;
    server_name    example.com;
    root           /var/www/html/example.com/public_html;
    index          index.html;

    # Context limits
    client_max_body_size 20M;

    # Disable access to sensitive files
    location ~* (app|content|lib)/.*\.(po|php|lock|sql)$ {
        deny all;

    # Image not found replacement
    location ~ \.(jpe?g|png|gif|webp)$ {
        log_not_found off;
        error_page 404 /content/images/system/default/404.gif;

    # CORS header (avoids font rendering issues)
    location ~ \.(ttf|ttc|otf|eot|woff|woff2|font.css|css|js)$ {
        add_header Access-Control-Allow-Origin "*";

    # Pretty URLs
    location / {
        index index.php;
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$query_string;

    location ~* \.php$ {
        fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
        include         fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_param   SCRIPT_FILENAME    $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        fastcgi_param   SCRIPT_NAME        $fastcgi_script_name;

Write close Ctrl+o Ctrl+x.

Create the website symbolic link (site available).

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/example.com.conf /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Restart PHP and NGINX.

sudo systemctl restart php7.2-fpm
sudo systemctl restart nginx

# Setup HTTPS

Install the Certbot and web server-specific packages, then run Certbot.

sudo apt install python-certbot-nginx
sudo certbot --nginx

Answer yes when it ask if you will like to automatically redirect HTTP traffic to HTTPS traffic.

When the tool completes, Certbot will update your web server configuration so that it uses the new certificate.

# Install Chevereto

Download the installer to your website directory, masked as www-data.

sudo -u www-data wget -O /var/www/html/example.com/public_html/installer.php https://chevereto.com/download/file/installer

Open your website at /installer.php, follow the process (ignore the warning about Nginx rules). Once done, go to the dashboad and make sure that the connecting IP match yours.

# Real connecting IP (CloudFlare, optional)

If you run CloudFlare you will need to configure the ngx_http_realip_module. Install the CloudFlare IP ranges sync script.

wget -P /opt/scripts https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ergin/nginx-cloudflare-real-ip/master/cloudflare-sync-ips.sh
chmod +x /opt/scripts/cloudflare-sync-ips.sh

The file /etc/nginx/cloudflare should include now the CloudFlare IP ranges, which now must be included into your NGINX configuration at /etc/nginx/nginx.conf. Include the following line inside the http{} block:

include /etc/nginx/cloudflare;

Add a crontab to update CloudFlare IP ranges everyday.

sudo crontab -e

If asked about the editor, choose nano.

Paste Ctrl+Shift+V this:

# Auto sync Cloudflare IP ranges and reload NGINX
0 */12 * * * /opt/scripts/cloudflare-sync-ips.sh >/dev/null 2>&1

Write close Ctrl+o Ctrl+x.

# Extra Steps

# Email

You may need to configure email sending from this server. If you don't, make sure to fill in the email transactional service you want to use at Dashboard > Settings > Email.

We recommend to use a transactional service rather than using your server for sending emails

# Uptime monitor

Setup an uptime monitoring to make sure that your website doesn't went offline without notice.