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Install MyCollab on CentOS 7

MyCollab is a free and open-source project management application for team collaboration .It is mostly used for project management and documentation purposes in industry. This guide will help you install and configure MyCollab on your CentOS server for project management purposes.


For installing Mycollab on your CentOS server you should have at least 1 GB of RAM but we recommend 2 GB of RAM and root privileges on the server. You can switch between root user and sudo user using sudo -i command.

Updating System

Before installing the MyCollab community edition on your server it is recommended to update the system use following command to do so.

yum -y update

Now once the system is updated you'll need to install Java Runtime Environment.

Installing Java

MyCollab requires Java to be installed on your server so first install java using following command.

yum -y install java-1.8.0-openjdk.x86_64 java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel.x86_64

The above command will take some time to install JDK so you should wait until the installation process has finished.

When Java is installed check the java version with the following command:

java -version

You'll see a result similar to this :

[root@ip-172-31-21-42 ~]# java -version
openjdk version "1.8.0_111"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_111-b15)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.111-b15, mixed mode)
[root@ip-172-31-21-42 ~]#

Install and Configure MySQL

To install MySQL, you will need to add the MySQL yum repository to your system, run the following command to do so.

rpm -Uvh

You'll see result similar to this on your screen:

[root@ip-172-31-21-42 ~]# rpm -Uvh
warning: /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.KOaOgo: Header V3 DSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 5072e1f5: NOKEY
Preparing...                          ################################# [100%]
Updating / installing...
   1:mysql57-community-release-el7-9  ################################# [100%]
[root@ip-172-31-21-42 ~]#

Once the repository is added, run the following command to install MySQL community server.

yum -y install mysql-community-server

Now you can start MySQL server and enable it to start at boot time using the following commands.

systemctl start mysqld.service systemctl enable mysqld.service

You can check the status of MySQL using the following command.

systemctl status mysqld

You should see following result on your screen:

[root@ip-172-31-21-42 ~]# systemctl status mysqld
● mysqld.service - MySQL Server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/mysqld.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Wed 2017-01-11 13:20:58 UTC; 1min 21s ago
     Docs: man:mysqld(8)
 Main PID: 10715 (mysqld)
   CGroup: /system.slice/mysqld.service
           └─10715 /usr/sbin/mysqld --daemonize --pid-file=/var/run/mysqld/

Jan 11 13:20:52 ip-172-31-21-42 systemd[1]: Starting MySQL Server... Jan 11 13:20:58 ip-172-31-21-42 systemd[1]: Started MySQL Server. [root@ip-172-31-21-42 ~]#

During installation of MySQL, the installer automatically uses a random password for the MySQL root user, you can obtain the password using the following command.

grep 'temporary password' /var/log/mysqld.log

You will see the following output containing the current root password.

[root@ip-172-31-21-42 ~]# grep 'temporary password' /var/log/mysqld.log
2017-01-11T13:20:55.542896Z 1 [Note] A temporary password is generated for root@localhost: ,Zxrn2eusuSn
[root@ip-172-31-21-42 ~]#

Now you can run the following command to harden the security of your MySQL server.


You will be asked about your current root password, enter the password obtained through the command above. Now it will prompt to change your root password, and provide y for all the questions asked.

We have successfully installed MySQL on our server now let's create a database for MyCollab and to do so follow below given instructions.

Login to your MySQL shell using the following command and providing the required password when prompted.

mysql -u root -p

Now execute the following query to create a new database.


The above query will create a database named mycollab. For the database you can use any name you prefer in the place of mycollab. Make sure that you use semicolon at the end of each query as a MySQL query always ends with a semicolon. Once the database is created you can create a new user and grant the required permissions to the user for the database.

CREATE USER 'mycollab_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'StrongPassword';

The above query will create a user with username mycollab_user. You can use any preferred username instead of mycollab_user. Replace StrongPassword with a strong password.

Now provide the appropriate privileges to your database user over the database you have created. Run the following query to do so.

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON mycollab.* TO 'mycollab_user'@'localhost'; Now run the following query to immediately apply the changes on the database privileges.FLUSH PRIVILEGES;

Now you can exit from MySQL prompt using following command.


Download MyCollab

Now download latest stable release of mycollab community edition from Github and in order to download it use following commands as shown below.


First install wget command on your system if you do not already have installed on your system using yum install wget.

Now download mycollab using this:


We will need to unzip the file that we have just downloaded and you should have unzip command installed on your system if in case you don't have use this command to install unzip.

yum install unzip

Run following command.


Now run this command as shown below: cd ~/MyCollab-5.4.5/bin ./

If in case you don't have firewalld installed on your system then first install it using yum -y install firewalld.

Now you'll need to set up your firewall and allow traffic to port number 8080. To do so run following command as shown below.

sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-port=8080/tcp

Now reload your firewall cmd using following command.

sudo firewall-cmd --reload
[root@ip-172-31-21-42 bin]# sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-port=8080/tcp
[root@ip-172-31-21-42 bin]# sudo firewall-cmd --reload
[root@ip-172-31-21-42 bin]#

Now visit http://yourserverIP:8080 in your favorite web browser and you'll MyCollab setup wizard on your screen like this.

Please provide all the details asked for setting up the installation wizard like:


Site name: < Your Site Name> Server address: or


Database name: mycollab User name: mycollab_user Password: your strong password Database server address: localhost

Finally click on Setup button to finish the installation wizard and by clicking the setup button your browser will be automatically redirected to application homepage(It will take some time so you should wait).

Secure MyCollab instances

By default, MyCollab has not provided built-in SSL support because there are many our customers already setup using reverse proxy in front of their servers, as well as their cloud service which uses such a solution as well.

We recommend you use the reverse proxy; there are two free solutions which are Apache and Nginx. Setup SSL on these servers and forward requests to the internal MyCollab instance. The reverse proxy can play the role of caching content, application firewall or the TLS Termination proxy for your all web applications.


In this tutorial you learned how to install and configure the MyCollab community edition on your CentOS 7 server and now we hope you have enough knowledge to work with MyCollab. You can now deploy and manage your projects using MyCollab.

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