Install Phabricator on Ubuntu

Phabricator is a free set of web tools for joint development of various software products, it has built-in chat, code verification, problem tracking, etc.

Once looking at the list of services for hosting Mercurial on the site
decided to use a phabricator

For example, I will install Phabricator on Ubuntu Server 18.04.

First, update the system and install the necessary components:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install git mercurial php php-mysql php-gd php-curl php-apcu php-cli php-zip php-json php-mbstring php libapache2-mod-php mysql-server apache2 zip
sudo a2enmod php7.2
sudo a2enmod rewrite

The following command will follow the MySQL security recommendations:

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Specify the root password for the user if it is not installed (where ixnfo is the password):

mysql -u root
use mysql;
ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'ixnfo';

Create a directory for Phabricator, download it into it, and also download the dependencies:

sudo mkdir /var/www/phabricator
cd /var/www/phabricator
sudo git clone
sudo git clone
sudo git clone

We point to the owner’s web files and the group on whose behalf apache2 works:

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/phabricator/

Open the new apache2 configuration file in a text editor:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/

I will give an example configuration:

<VirtualHost *:80>

DocumentRoot /var/www/phabricator/phabricator/webroot/

RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^(.*)$          /index.php?__path__=$1  [B,L,QSA]

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/phabricator-error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/phabricator-access.log combined

<Directory "/var/www/phabricator/phabricator/webroot">
Require all granted

We activate the created configuration and check its correctness:

sudo a2ensite
sudo apachectl -t

Let’s make apache2 start at system startup and reboot it to apply the changes made earlier:

sudo systemctl enable apache2
sudo systemctl restart apache2

The commands below indicate the parameters for connecting to the MySQL server (the connection must be made from the root user):

cd /var/www/phabricator/phabricator
./bin/config set localhost
./bin/config set mysql.port 3306
./bin/config set mysql.user root
./bin/config set mysql.pass your_password

Run one of the commands below to create the necessary databases and tables:

./bin/storage upgrade
./bin/storage upgrade --force

See also my articles:
How to upgrade Phabricator
Backup Phabricator
Manual installation of Mercurial (hg)
Installing Certbot in Ubuntu
Installing and Configuring the Apache2 Web Server
Installing and configuring MySQL server on Ubuntu

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