OrangeHRM is an open source Human Resource Management software or usually also known as Human Resource Information System. First released in January 2006, OrangeHRM grown into a full flegded HRM software.
OrangeHRM Inc, the company behind OrangeHRM also provide two additional edition of OrangeHRM, OrangeHRM Professional and OrangeHRM Enterprise edition for company that needs support from OrangeHRM Inc.
OrangeHRM shipped with the following modules:
Personnel Information Management (PIM)
System Administration & User Roles
Leave & Time Off Management
Time & Attendance Management
Recruiting & On-boarding (including Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
Performance & Training
Travel & Expense Tracker
OrangeHRM also have corporate directory mobile application, it's available for Android and iOS. You can learn more about OrangeHRM on orangehrm.com
In this tutorial we'll learn how-to Orange HRM on Ubuntu 14.04. We will also install and configure its prerequisites
We need to install these applications before we can install OrangeHRM:
Fresh install of Ubuntu Server 14.04. You can use any ubuntu flavors but using ubuntu server will make sure your server have minimalist ubuntu installation so your system will not be loaded by unnecessary softwares.
MySQL 5.6 (Minimum MySQL 5.0.3)
PHP > 5.5.0
Update Base System
Before we install OrangeHRM and its prerequisites let's update the system to the latest update.
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get -y upgrade
Install Apache 2
After applying latest update to our base system, let's start installing Apache 2 and its required libraries.
We will secure MySQL installation by running mysql_secure_installation.
Enter root password that we set on installation:
NOTE: RUNNING ALL PARTS OF THIS SCRIPT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL MySQL
SERVERS IN PRODUCTION USE! PLEASE READ EACH STEP CAREFULLY!
In order to log into MySQL to secure it, we'll need the current
password for the root user. If you've just installed MySQL, and
you haven't set the root password yet, the password will be blank,
so you should just press enter here.
Enter current password for root (enter for none):
OK, successfully used password, moving on...
Since we already have root password set, answer this part with n.
Setting the root password ensures that nobody can log into the MySQL
root user without the proper authorisation.
You already have a root password set, so you can safely answer 'n'.
Change the root password? [Y/n] n
Remove anonymous user to improve security. This will make sure people or application have correct username and password to login to MySQL. Answer with Y
By default, a MySQL installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
to log into MySQL without having to have a user account created for
them. This is intended only for testing, and to make the installation
go a bit smoother. You should remove them before moving into a
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y
We also want remove root login from remote machine. Answer with Y
Normally, root should only be allowed to connect from 'localhost'. This
ensures that someone cannot guess at the root password from the network.
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y
Previously the test database created automatically by MySQL installation, but MySQL 5.6 does not create test database. We can still choose Y, it will throw error but that's fine.
By default, MySQL comes with a database named 'test' that anyone can
access. This is also intended only for testing, and should be removed
before moving into a production environment.
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y
- Dropping test database...
ERROR 1008 (HY000) at line 1: Can't drop database 'test'; database doesn't exist
... Failed! Not critical, keep moving...
- Removing privileges on test database...
The last step is to reload MySQL privilege table:
Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y
All done! If you've completed all of the above steps, your MySQL
installation should now be secure.
Thanks for using MySQL!
Create the Database for OrangeHRM
Now we have a secure MySQL installation, it's time to create database and user for orangehrm itself.
Login to MySQL using root credential.
$ mysql -u root -p
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 58
Server version: 5.6.30-0ubuntu0.14.04.1 (Ubuntu)
Copyright (c) 2000, 2016, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective
Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.
Create a new database named orangehrm using command below:
Don't forget to change orangehrm.exampleserver.xyz above with the domain name that you use for your orangehrm installation.
Enable the site using a2ensite command.
$ sudo a2ensite orangehrm
Reload apache2 process so it read the new virtualhost configuration:
$ sudo service apache2 reload
OrangeHRM Setup Wizard
The OrangeHRM installation is ready, Let's point our browser to orangehrm installation address. In this tutorial the address is http://orangehrm.exampleserver.xyz/ we will be redirected to install wizard.
Step 1 is license acceptance. OrangeHRM release under GNU GPL version 2. You can read the rest of the license and click I accept HP_NO_IMG/data/uploads/users/db3fcc1d-13ed-4386-9301-50bb8a25336e/658259097.png" alt="" />Step 2 is database configuration. Choose Existing Empty Database, input database credential that we already created and choose Enable Data Encryption. Click Next.
HP_NO_IMG/data/uploads/users/db3fcc1d-13ed-4386-9301-50bb8a25336e/1693048030.png" alt="" />Step 3 is system check. Most of the status is already OK except MySQL event scheduler status. We need to enable this setting first on MySQL.
Secure connection is now a requirement for web application. Last step that we will do in this tutorial is changing the connection to only use https. We assume that you already have SSL certificate and private key.
Let's create new apache virtual host configuration on /etc/apache2/sites-available/orangehrm-ssl.conf with contents below. Don't forget to change:
# Uncomment the following directive when using client certificate authentication
# HSTS (mod_headers is required) (15768000 seconds = 6 months)
Header always set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=15768000"
# intermediate configuration, tweak to your needs
SSLProtocol all -SSLv2 -SSLv3
We will also disable orangehrm http only virtual host and enable the new virtual host config.
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