How to Install MyBB on FreeBSD 12

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MyBB is a free and open source, intuitive and extensible forum program. MyBB source code is hosted on GitHub. This guide will show you how to install MyBB forum software on a fresh FreeBSD 12 Vultr instance.

Requirements

  • PHP, at least version 5.2
  • MySQL, at least version 5.0
  • Nginx
  • The following PHP extensions:
    • SimpleXML
    • mbstring
    • gd
  • The respective vendor-specific database PHP extension

NOTE: Replace all instances of example.com with your domain name.

Before you begin

Check the FreeBSD version.

uname -ro# FreeBSD 12.0-RELEASE

Ensure that your FreeBSD system is up to date.

freebsd-update fetch installpkg update && pkg upgrade -y

Install the necessary packages.

pkg install -y sudo vim unzip curl wget bash socat git

Create a new user account with your preferred username. We will use johndoe.

adduser# Username: johndoe# Full name: John Doe# Uid (Leave empty for default): <Enter># Login group [johndoe]: <Enter># Login group is johndoe. Invite johndoe into other groups? []: wheel# Login class [default]: <Enter># Shell (sh csh tcsh nologin) [sh]: bash# Home directory [/home/johndoe]: <Enter># Home directory permissions (Leave empty for default): <Enter># Use password-based authentication? [yes]: <Enter># Use an empty password? (yes/no) [no]: <Enter># Use a random password? (yes/no) [no]: <Enter># Enter password: your_secure_password# Enter password again: your_secure_password# Lock out the account after creation? [no]: <Enter># OK? (yes/no): yes# Add another user? (yes/no): no# Goodbye!

Run the visudo command and uncomment the %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL line, to allow members of the wheel group to execute any command.

visudo# Uncomment by removing hash (#) sign# %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

Now, switch to your newly created user with su.

su - johndoe

NOTE: Replace johndoe with your username.

Set up the timezone.

sudo tzsetup

Step 1 – Install PHP and required PHP extensions

Install PHP, as well as the necessary PHP extensions.

sudo pkg install -y php72 php72-mbstring php72-tokenizer php72-pdo php72-pdo_mysql php72-openssl php72-hash php72-json php72-phar php72-filter php72-zlib php72-dom php72-xml php72-xmlwriter php72-xmlreader php72-pecl-imagick php72-curl php72-session php72-ctype php72-iconv php72-gd php72-simplexml php72-zip php72-filter php72-tokenizer php72-calendar php72-fileinfo php72-intl php72-phar php72-soap php72-xmlrpc php72-opcache php72-mysqli php72-bcmath php72-gmp

Check the version.

php --version# PHP 7.2.19 (cli) (built: Jun 20 2019 01:25:01) ( NTS )# Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group# Zend Engine v3.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies

Soft-link php.ini-production to php.ini.

sudo ln -s /usr/local/etc/php.ini-production /usr/local/etc/php.ini

Enable and start PHP-FPM.

sudo sysrc php_fpm_enable=yessudo service php-fpm start

Step 2 – Install MariaDB and create a database for MyBB

Install MariaDB.

sudo pkg install -y mariadb102-client mariadb102-server

Check the version.

mysql --version# mysql  Ver 15.1 Distrib 10.2.24-MariaDB, for FreeBSD12.0 (amd64) using readline 5.1

Start and enable MariaDB.

sudo sysrc mysql_enable="yes" sudo service mysql-server start

Run the mysql_secure_installation script to improve the security of your MariaDB installation.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Log into MariaDB as the root user.

mysql -u root -p# Enter password:

Create a new MariaDB database and user. Remember the credentials for this new user.

CREATE DATABASE dbname;GRANT ALL ON dbname.* TO 'username' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';FLUSH PRIVILEGES;exit;

Step 3 – Install and configure Nginx

Install Nginx.

sudo pkg install -y nginx

Check the version.

nginx -v# nginx version: nginx/1.14.2

Enable and start Nginx.

sudo sysrc nginx_enable=yessudo service nginx start

Run sudo vim /usr/local/etc/nginx/mybb.conf and set up Nginx for MyBB.

server {  listen 80;  listen [::]:80;  server_name example.com;  root /usr/local/www/mybb;  index index.php;  location / {    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;  }  location ~ /(inc|uploads/avatars) {    deny all;  }  location ~ /.php$ {    try_files $uri =404;    include fastcgi_params;    fastcgi_index index.php;    fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;    fastcgi_pass 127.0.0.1:9000;  }}

Save the file and exit.

Now we need to include mybb.conf in the main nginx.conf file.

Run sudo vim /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf and add the following line to the http {} block.

include mybb.conf;

Test the configuration.

sudo nginx -t

Reload Nginx.

sudo service nginx reload

Step 4 – Install MyBB

Create a document root directory.

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/www/mybb

Change ownership of the /usr/local/www/mybb directory to johndoe.

sudo chown -R johndoe:johndoe /usr/local/www/mybb

Download the latest release of MyBB and unzip it.

cd /usr/local/www/mybbwget https://resources.mybb.com/downloads/mybb_1821.zipunzip mybb_1821.zipmv /usr/local/www/mybb/Upload/* /usr/local/www/mybb

Remove the downloaded .zip file.

rm mybb_1821.ziprmdir Upload

Change ownership of the /usr/local/www/mybb directory to www.

sudo chown -R www:www /usr/local/www/mybb

As the last step, open your domain and follow the installation wizard for MyBB. To access the installer you must navigate to the /install directory of your site in your web browser. For example, if your domain is example.com and you uploaded your MyBB files to the root directory then navigate to http://example.com/install. To access MyBB admin, append /admin to your site URL. You have successfully installed your MyBB.

After the installation, you should remove the /install directory from your server to prevent anyone else from running the installation again.

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/www/mybb/install/

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