How to Install InvoicePlane on Fedora 28

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InvoicePlane is a free and open source invoicing application. Its source code can be found on this Github repository. This guide will show you how to install InvoicePlane on a fresh Fedora 28 Vultr instance.


  • Nginx
  • MySQL version 5.5 or greater, or the equivalent version of MariaDB. This guide will use MariaDB.
  • PHP version 7.0 or greater
  • The following PHP extensions must be installed and activated:
    • php-gd
    • php-hash
    • php-json
    • php-mbstring
    • php-mcrypt
    • php-mysqli
    • php-openssl
    • php-recode
    • php-xmlrpc
    • php-zlib

Before you begin

Check the Fedora version.

cat /etc/fedora-release# Fedora release 28 (Twenty Eight)

Create a new non-root user account with sudo access and switch to it.

useradd -c "John Doe" johndoe && passwd johndoeusermod -aG wheel johndoesu - johndoe

NOTE: Replace johndoe with your username.

Ensure that your system is up to date.

sudo dnf check-upgrade || sudo dnf upgrade -y

Set up the timezone.

timedatectl list-timezonessudo timedatectl set-timezone 'Region/City'

Install the unzip package.

sudo dnf install -y unzip

For simplicity, disable SELinux and Firewall.

sudo setenforce 0sudo systemctl stop firewalldsudo systemctl disable firewalld

Install PHP and required PHP extensions

Install PHP and necessary PHP extensions.

sudo dnf install -y php php-cli php-fpm php-gd php-json php-mbstring php-mcrypt php-mysqlnd php-xmlrpc php-common php-recode

Check the version.

php -v

Enable and start php-fpm.service.

sudo systemctl start php-fpm.servicesudo systemctl enable php-fpm.service

Install MariaDB

Install MariaDB.

sudo dnf install -y mariadb-server

Check the MariaDB version.

mysql --version

Start and enable MariaDB.

sudo systemctl start mariadb.servicesudo systemctl enable mariadb.service

Run mysql_secure installation script to improve MariaDB security and to set the root user password.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Connect to MariaDB shell as the root user.

mysql -u root -p# Enter password:

Create an empty MariaDB database and a user for the InvoicePlane application, and remember the credentials.


Install Nginx

Install Nginx

sudo dnf install -y nginx

Check Nginx version.

sudo nginx -v

Start and enable Nginx.

sudo systemctl start nginx.servicesudo systemctl enable nginx.service

Configure Nginx for InvoicePlane. Run sudo vim /etc/nginx/conf.d/invoiceplane.conf and populate the file with the following configuration.

server {    listen 80;    listen [::]:80;    server_name;    root /var/www/invoiceplane;    index index.php index.html;    location / {        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;    }    location ~ /.php$ {        fastcgi_index index.php;        try_files $uri =404;        include fastcgi_params;        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;        fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php-fpm/www.sock;    }}

Test the Nginx configuration.

sudo nginx -t

Reload Nginx.

sudo systemctl reload nginx.service

Install InvoicePlane

Download the latest stable version of InvoicePlane and extract the archive.

sudo mkdir -p /var/wwwcd /var/www/sudo curl -O -J -L unzip v1.5.9.zipsudo rm v1.5.9.zipsudo mv ip invoiceplane

Navigate to /var/www/invoiceplane folder.

cd /var/www/invoiceplane

Make a copy of the ipconfig.php.example file and rename the copy to ipconfig.php.

sudo cp ipconfig.php.example ipconfig.php

Open the ipconfig.php file and add your URL to it.

sudo vim ipconfig.php# Something like thisIP_URL=

NOTE: Don’t forget to replace URL with your own URL.

Change ownership of the /var/www/invoiceplane directory to nginx.

sudo chown -R nginx:nginx /var/www/invoiceplane

Run sudo vim /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf and set the user and group to nginx. Initially, it will be set to apache.

sudo vim /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf# user = nginx# group = nginx

Run sudo vim /etc/php.ini and set date.timezone.

date.timezone = Region/City

Restart php-fpm.service.

sudo systemctl restart php-fpm.service

Run the InvoicePlane installer from your web browser and follow the instructions.

Once the installation has finished, you may log into InvoicePlane using the email address and password you have chosen during the installation.

If you want to secure your installation, you may disable the setup. To do so, replace the line DISABLE_SETUP=false with DISABLE_SETUP=true in your ipconfig.php file.

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