Install OpenProject with DEB/RPM packages

The packaged installation of OpenProject is the recommended way to install and maintain OpenProject using DEB or RPM packages.

The package will:

  • guide you through all the required steps

  • install all the required libraries and dependencies

  • install a local PostgreSQL database or allow you to connect to an existing PostgreSQL database

  • allow you to install and configure an outer Apache web server (recommended)

  • setup SSL/TLS encryption for the Apache server (optional)

  • configure repositories (Git/SVN) (optional)

  • configure email settings

The package is available for the following Linux distributions:

Distribution (64 bits only)
Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy
Ubuntu 20.04 Focal
Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus
Debian 11 Bullseye
Debian 10 Buster
Debian 9 Stretch
CentOS/RHEL 8.x
CentOS/RHEL 7.x
Suse Linux Enterprise Server 12

Please ensure that you are running on a 64bit system before proceeding with the installation. You can check by running the uname -i command on the target server and verifying that it outputs x86_64:

$ uname -i
x86_64

Important note: Please note that the packaged installation works best when running on a dedicated server or virtual machine, as we cannot ensure that the components installed and configured by the OpenProject installer will work on systems that have been already customized. If you must install OpenProject on a server where other software is running, or with an already configured Apache or NginX server, then you should have a look at the Docker-based installation instead.

Ubuntu Installation

Ubuntu 22.04

Update the apt package index and install packages to allow apt to use a repository over HTTPS:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates wget

Import the PGP key used to sign our packages:

wget -qO- https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/key | sudo apt-key add -

Note: you might get a warning when importing the key Warning: apt-key is deprecated. Manage keyring files in trusted.gpg.d instead (see apt-key(8)). This happens because APT has updated the way it manages signing keys, and the package provider is not supporting the new way yet.

Add the OpenProject package source:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openproject.list \
  https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/stable/12/installer/ubuntu/22.04.repo

Download the OpenProject package:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openproject

Then finish the installation by reading the Initial configuration section.

Ubuntu 20.04

Update the apt package index and install packages to allow apt to use a repository over HTTPS:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates wget

Import the PGP key used to sign our packages:

wget -qO- https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/key | sudo apt-key add -

Add the OpenProject package source:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openproject.list \
  https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/stable/12/installer/ubuntu/20.04.repo

Download the OpenProject package:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openproject

Then finish the installation by reading the Initial configuration section.

Ubuntu 18.04

Update the apt package index and install packages to allow apt to use a repository over HTTPS:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates wget

Import the PGP key used to sign our packages:

wget -qO- https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/key | sudo apt-key add -

Add the OpenProject package source:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openproject.list \
  https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/stable/12/installer/ubuntu/18.04.repo

Download the OpenProject package:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openproject

Then finish the installation by reading the Initial configuration section.

Ubuntu 16.04

Update the apt package index and install packages to allow apt to use a repository over HTTPS:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates wget

Import the PGP key used to sign our packages:

wget -qO- https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/key | sudo apt-key add -

Add the OpenProject package source:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openproject.list \
  https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/stable/12/installer/ubuntu/16.04.repo

Download the OpenProject package:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openproject

Then finish the installation by reading the Initial configuration section.

Debian Installation

Debian 11

Update the apt package index and install packages to allow apt to use a repository over HTTPS:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates wget

Import the PGP key used to sign our packages:

wget -qO- https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/key | sudo apt-key add -

Add the OpenProject package source:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openproject.list \
  https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/stable/12/installer/debian/11.repo

Download the OpenProject package:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openproject

Then finish the installation by reading the Initial configuration section.

Debian 10

Update the apt package index and install packages to allow apt to use a repository over HTTPS:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates wget

Import the PGP key used to sign our packages:

wget -qO- https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/key | sudo apt-key add -

Add the OpenProject package source:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openproject.list \
  https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/stable/12/installer/debian/10.repo

Download the OpenProject package:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openproject

Then finish the installation by reading the Initial configuration section.

Debian 9

Update the apt package index and install packages to allow apt to use a repository over HTTPS:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates wget

Import the PGP key used to sign our packages:

wget -qO- https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/key | sudo apt-key add -

Add the OpenProject package source:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openproject.list \
  https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/stable/12/installer/debian/9.repo

Download the OpenProject package:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openproject

Then finish the installation by reading the Initial configuration section.

CentOS Installation

CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

Add the OpenProject package source:

sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/openproject.repo \
  https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/stable/12/installer/el/8.repo

If it is not already enabled, make sure to enable Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL).

sudo dnf install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm -y

Download the OpenProject package:

sudo yum install openproject

Then finish the installation by reading the Initial configuration section.

Note: On this distribution full-text extraction for attachments is not supported by default.

CentOS 7 / RHEL 7

Add the OpenProject package source:

sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/openproject.repo \
  https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/stable/12/installer/el/7.repo

Download the OpenProject package:

sudo yum install openproject

Then finish the installation by reading the Initial configuration section.

Note: On this distribution full-text extraction for attachments is not supported by default.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) Installation

SLES 12

Add the OpenProject package source:

wget -O /etc/zypp/repos.d/openproject.repo \
  https://dl.packager.io/srv/opf/openproject/stable/12/installer/sles/12.repo

If you already had an old package source that is being updated you must refresh your source next. It can’t hurt to do this in any case, though.

sudo zypper refresh openproject

Next, download the OpenProject package:

sudo zypper install openproject

Then finish the installation by reading the Initial configuration section.

Note: On SLES12 full-text extraction for attachments is not supported by default.

Full-text extraction not supported

For some distributions we do not provide the required dependencies for full-text extraction of attachments. If you need this feature, please install the required dependencies (catdoc unrtf poppler-utils tesseract-ocr) manually. For more information, please see the plaintext gem. Once installed, check Administration > Information to see if OpenProject is able to pick up these dependencies.

Initial Configuration

After you have successfully installed the OpenProject package, you can now perform the initial configuration of OpenProject, using the wizard that ships with the OpenProject package.

Prerequisites

  • If you wish to connect to an existing database server instead of setting up a local database server, please make sure to have your database hostname, port, username and password ready. The database username used to connect to the existing database must have the CREATE DATABASE privilege.

  • If you want to enable HTTPS, then you will need to provide the path (on the server) to your certificate file, private key file, and CA bundle file.

Step 0: Start the wizard

To start the configuration wizard, please run the following command with sudo, or as root:

sudo openproject reconfigure #interactive - manual choices are stored in /etc/openproject/installer.dat
sudo openproject configure #non-interactive - using values stored in /etc/openproject/installer.dat

Notes:

  • Every time you will run the OpenProject wizard, by using sudo openproject reconfigure your choices will be persisted in a configuration file at /etc/openproject/installer.dat and subsequent executions of sudo openproject configure will re-use these values, only showing you the wizard steps for options you have not yet been asked for.

  • In the interactive way you can skip dialogs you do not want to change simply by confirming them with ENTER.

Step 1: Select your OpenProject Edition

OpenProject comes in two editions:

  • the default edition, which is targeted at general project management.

  • the BIM edition, which is specifically target at the construction industry.

select-edition

You can find more about the BIM edition on this page.

This wizard step is only available on the following distributions:

  • RHEL/CentOS 8
  • Ubuntu 20.04
  • Ubuntu 18.04
  • Debian 10
  • Debian 11

On older distributions, this wizard step won’t be displayed, and the installation will default to the default edition.

Step 2: PostgreSQL database configuration

OpenProject requires a PostgreSQL database to store your data. This wizard step allows you to choose an option for the PostgreSQL database connection:

01-postgres

The dialog allows you to choose from three options:

Install a new PostgreSQL server and database locally (default)

Choose this option if you want OpenProject to set up and configure a local database server manually. This is the best choice if you are unfamiliar with administering databases, or do not have a separate PostgreSQL database server installed that you want to connect to.

Note: If you would like to use the database that was automatically installed by OpenProject at time of installation just choose install again

Use an existing PostgreSQL database

Choose this option if you have a PostgreSQL database server installed either on the same host as the OpenProject package is being installed on, or on another server you can connect to from this machine.

The wizard will show you multiple additional steps in this case to enter the hostname, username & password as well as the database name for the PostgreSQL database.

The wizard will not try to connect to any database. You will have to specify a database manually through the DATABASE_URL environment variable. If you choose skip and did not set a DATABASE_URL, the configuration process will fail.

You can set this DATABASE_URL parameter yourself to a PostgreSQL database URL.

sudo openproject config:set DATABASE_URL="postgresql://[user[:password]@][host][:port][/dbname][?param1=value1&...]

Step 3: Apache2 web server and SSL termination

OpenProject comes with an internal ruby application server, but this server only listens on a local interface, usually on port 6000. To receive connections from the outside world, it needs a web server that will act as a proxy to forward incoming connections to the OpenProject application server.

This wizard step allows you to auto-install an Apache2 web server to function as that reverse proxy.

02a-apache

The available options are:

Install Apache2 web server (default)

We recommend that you let OpenProject install and configure the outer web server, in which case we will install an Apache2 web server with a VirtualHost listening to the domain name you specify, optionally providing SSL/TLS termination.

Note: In case you re-run sudo openproject reconfigure later it is mandatory to select install at the webserver again

In case you have selected to install Apache2, multiple dialogs will request the parameters for setting it up:

Domain name

Enter the fully qualified domain (FQDN) where your OpenProject installation will be reached at. This will become the ServerName of your apache VirtualHost and is also used to generate full links from OpenProject, such as in emails.

02b-hostname

Server path prefix

If you wish to install OpenProject under a server path prefix, such as yourdomain.example.com/openproject, please specify that prefix here with a leading slash. For example: /openproject. If OpenProject should respond to http(s)://yourdomain.example.com as specified in the previous dialog, simply leave this dialog empty and confirm by pressing ENTER.

02c-prefix

SSL/TLS configuration

Note: With OpenProject version 12.2 HTTPS confugration was set to be default for every installation. Now best practice is to proceed by selecting yes for using HTTPS (SSL/TLS) and generating the needed certificates, otherwise you will have to manually deactivate HTTPS on the command line.

OpenProject can configure Apache to support HTTPS (SSL/TLS). If you have SSL certificates and want to use SSL/TLS (recommended), select Yes.

In that case, you will be shown three additional dialogs to enter the certificate details:

  1. The absolute SSL certificate path
  2. The absolute SSL private key path
  3. The path to the Certificate Authority bundle for the certificate (optional, leave empty unless needed)

02d-ssl

Enabling this mode will result in OpenProject only responding to HTTPS requests, and upgrade any non-secured requests to HTTPS. It will also output HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) headers to the client.

External SSL/TLS termination

Note: If you terminate SSL externally before the request hits the OpenProject server, you need to follow the following instructions to avoid errors in routing. If you want to use SSL on the server running OpenProject, skip this section.

If you have a separate server that is terminating SSL and only forwarding/proxying to the OpenProject server, you must select “No” in this dialog. However, there are some parameters you need to put into your outer configuration.

  • If you’re proxying to the openproject server, you need to forward the HOST header to the internal server. This ensures that the host name of the outer request gets forwarded to the internal server. Otherwise you might see redirects in your browser to the internal host that OpenProject is running on.

    • In Apache2, set the ProxyPreserveHost On directive
    • In NginX, use the following value: proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Host $host:$server_port;
  • If you’re terminating SSL on the outer server, you need to set the X-Forwarded-Proto https header to let OpenProject know that the request is HTTPS, even though its been terminated earlier in the request on the outer server.

    • In Apache2, use RequestHeader set "X-Forwarded-Proto" https
    • In Nginx, use proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto https;
  • Finally, to let OpenProject know that it should create links with ‘https’ when no request is available (for example, when sending emails), you need to set the following setting: openproject config:set SERVER_PROTOCOL_FORCE_HTTPS="true" followed by an openproject configure. This ensures that OpenProject responds correctly with secure cookies even though it was not configured for https in the server configuration.

Here an example for external SSL/TLS terminaltion with apache (httpd):

Note: There is another example for external SSL/TLS termination for docker-compose installations

<VirtualHost *:443>
   ServerName openproject.example.com
   
   # Logging
   LogLevel Warn
   ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/openproject.example.com-error.log
   CustomLog /var/log/httpd/openproject.example.com-access.log combined
   
   # Reverse Proxy
   ProxyPreserveHost On
   ProxyRequests Off
   ProxyPass / http://[OPENPROJECT-HOST-IP]/
   ProxyPassReverse / http://[OPENPROJECT-HOST-IP]/
   #ProxyPass / https://[OPENPROJECT-HOST-IP]/               # if openproject's internal apache2 server/ssl is YES 
   #ProxyPassReverse / https://[OPENPROJECT-HOST-IP]/        # if openproject's internal apache2 server/ssl is YES
   
   # Request Header
   RequestHeader set "X-Forwarded-Proto" https
   
   # SSL Certificate that was created by LetsEncrypt
   Include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-apache.conf
   SSLEngine On
   #SSLProxyEngine On                                        # if openproject's internal apache2 server/ssl is YES
   SSLCertificateFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/openproject.example.com/cert.pem
   SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/openproject.example.com/privkey.pem
   SSLCertificateChainFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/openproject.example.com/chain.pem                       # optional
</VirtualHost>

Note: Skipping step 3 Apache2 web server install will ask later in step 7 for information about the hostname and HTTPS

The installer will not set up an external web server for accessing. You will need to either install and set up a web server such as Apache2 or Nginx to function as the web server forwarding to our internal server listening at localhost:6000 by proxying.

Only choose this option if you have a local Apache2 installed that the OpenProject package may not control, or need to use a different web server such as Nginx. Please note that not all functionality (especially regarding Repositories) are supported on Nginx.

When installing with an existing Apache2, you can take a look at the source of our installation templates for guidance on how to set up the integration.

Here’s an exemplary configuration that might work for you.

For a minimal nginx config, please see this gist as as starting point.

Please note: If you reconfigure the OpenProject application and switch to skip, you might run into errors with the Apache configuration file, as that will not be automatically remove. Please double-check you removed references to the openproject.conf if you do reconfigure.

Step 4: SVN/Git integration server

If you have selected to auto-install an Apache2 web server, you will be asked whether you want to install Git and Subversion repository support. In case you do not need it or when in doubt, choose Skip for both options.

For more information, see our help on repositories

03-repos

Step 5: Administrator email

The wizard will ask you for an administrative email address so that it can create the administrator account with that email for the initial login. Enter your email address to have it tied to the admin account.

05-admin

Step 6: Memcached server

OpenProject heavily relies on caching, which is why the wizard suggests you to install a local memcached server the OpenProject instances can connect to. You should always set this to install unless you have a reason to configure another caching mechanism - for example when configuring multiple shared instances of OpenProject.

06-cache

Step 7: Host name and Protocol (if step 3 was skipped)

Note: This step is only shown if you decided to skip step 3, the Apache2 installation. OpenProject still needs to know what external host name you’re running on, as well as if you’re using HTTPS or not.

First, enter the fully qualified domain where your OpenProject installation will be reached at. This will be used to generate full links from OpenProject, such as in emails.

Select the OpenProject host name

Next, tell OpenProject whether you have SSL termination enabled somewhere in your stack. Please note that you need to set up protocol forwarding by the means mentioned in the Skip Apache2 Installation at step 3 above.

HTTPS setting

Result

With this last step confirmed, the OpenProject wizard will complete, and apply all the configuration options that you have just selected. This might take a few minutes depending on your machine and internet connection, as OpenProject might need to install additional packages (such as the web server, database) depending on your selections.

In case this process crashes or exits with an obvious error, please keep the output and send your configuration from /etc/openproject/installer.dat (removing any passwords from it) to us at support@openproject.com , or reach out to the community forums.

When this process completes, it will have started the internal application and web servers, the background jobs to process work-intensive jobs, and set up the connection to the database.

You should be able to reach the OpenProject instance by visiting your installation at http://<openproject.example.com>/<server prefix>.

You can then log in using the default user/password combination:

  • username = admin
  • password = admin

You will be asked to change this password immediately after the first login.

Post-installation configuration

Here are some pointers to related documentation that you will need to get started: