Install joomla 1.6 in Ubuntu Server | Linux

Joomla is a free and open source content management system (CMS) for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets. It comprises a model–view–controller  (MVC) Web application framework that can also be used independently.

Joomla is written in PHP, uses object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques and software design patterns, stores data in  a MySQL database, and includes features such as page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, search, and support for language internationalization.

Within its first year of release, Joomla was downloaded 2.5 million times. Over 5,000 free and commercial plug-ins are available for it.

To install Joomla in Ubuntu you need to have LAMP server and PHPmyadmin  installed in your Ubuntu. To install LAMP please follow the instructions in our previous post.

Now, First install LAMP and PHPmyadmin. 

Second : Open Phpmyadmin and create a new  database:

To access phpmyadmin Open your favorite browser and type

  http://ip/phpmyadmin or http://hostname/phpmyadmin

Now create a user  for  this  database


-Download  the  lastest version of  Joomla  1.6 from Joomla  webiste (Joomla 1.6 still in BETA):

  • Open terminal and type :
cd  /var/www
  • Download Joomla using wget:
  • Now extract  the  file :
tar  -zxvf Joomla_1.6-Beta12-Full_Package.tar.gz
  • Create  an empty  configuration file  with  full  access
touch configuration.php

And give it the permission

chmod 777 configuration.php

In your favorite browser open    http://ip/installation to  start  the  installation of joomla






Now  installation is finished

Before to start using your joomla website you need to    remove  or  move   installation directory

mv installation  INSTALLATION

changes  writes or  configurations.php  file

sudo chmod 644   configuration.php


Now    open  your  first  standard  joomla  page



To access  your  admin  control panel  go http://localhost/administrator/ and enter your login and password.


  • gmxer

    I could not get past the wget stage, writes: CANNOT WRITE TO JOOMLA_1.5…………..TAZ.GZ ( PERMISSION DENIED)

    what am I doing wrong?

  • gmxer

    I did it……

  • mbmast

    I found two minor problems with these instructions:

    1. touch onfiguration.php

    Should be "configuration.php"

    2. When testing the newly installed Joomla page, the instructions state to browse to http://localhost/.

    This brought up the Apache test page, not the Joomla page. Instead, I had to enter http://localhost/index.php. Then it worked.

  • Roy

    how did you do it?
    wget : permission denied…..

  • Anonymous

    i’m having problem in the "wget" part.. it always say "permission denied" what should I do? positive comments? appreciate it..

  • Stevenson Holasca

    i’m having problem in the "wget" part.. it always say "permission denied" what should I do? positive comments? appreciate it..

  • Jake

    did you try "sudo wget [url]". you might need root priveleges. may be easier to just download it from the website

  • Anonymous

    ONE BIG major flaw in your instructions is the main page of joomla. it returns to the apache page rather then the joomla

  • cris

    "In your favorite browser open http://ip/installation to start the installation of joomla"

    in the version 1.6.1-stable-full-release, the page that starts the install process is


  • ThePrivateGeek

    Well done you..

  • enrico t

    This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.

    This is the message when i try to open localhost/joomla i can see the text.

    (C) 2010 Open Source Matters. All rights reserved

    GNU General Public License version 2 or later; see LICENSE.txt

    August 2010


  • enrico t

    no in my page there is the message:
    This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.

    and the simple text….

  • enrico t

    simple text like this :(

  • enrico t

    text like this (last post)

  • Bnjyz

    I’m having a problem doing this installation on Ubuntu 10.04.

    Every time I try doing tar -zxvf Joomla_1.6-Beta12-Full_Package.tar.gz.

    I Keep getting

    tar: Joomla_1.6-Beta12-Full_Package.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors

    Tried doing Sudo as well and still getting the same response.

    what am I doing wrong?

  • Greateer

    try with joomla 1.7 . if the the issue persist unzip the tar on the desktop and copy it to the apache directory