Install And Configure RoundCube Webmail On Ubuntu

RoundCube Webmail is a free and open source Webmail with browser-based multilingual IMAP client packed with plenty of AJAX goodness. RoundCube Webmail comes with an application-like user interface and provides full functionality you expect from an email client, address book, folder manipulation, including MIME support, message searching and spell checking.

The Roundcube application is a Webmail application so you need an email account to log in to it.

The objective of this article is to provide you with an understanding of installation and configuration of the RoundCube Webmail.

Install RoundCube Webmail on Ubuntu

Step 1 :Install Prerequisites

Before get started install RoundCube Webmail, you need to install a web server on Ubuntu (Apache, PHP, MySQL) called LAMP server, open terminal then running following commands:

sudo apt-get install lamp-server^

After installing  LAMP Server on ubuntu/Linux mint, you can now follow these instructions to install Roundcube Webmail on Ubuntu:

Step 2 : Creating A MySQL Database & User

Open the terminal and run this command to log in to MySQL server (use the MySQL password you have entered during the installation of the LAMP Server):

mysql -u root -p

Create a database for Roundcube Webmail.

create database roundcubedb;

Create MySQL user adminstrator of Roundcube Webmail.

create user adminmail;

Now Give user: admim123 a password

set password for 'adminmail' = password('admin123');

set  privileges usercube to access database roundcubedb using this command:

grant all privileges on roundcubedb.* to adminmail@localhost

Now, Exit from MySQL server,by typing command:


Step 3: Installing Roundcube Webmail

In this case Roundcube Webmail will be installed in the directory /var/www/webmail. Download and extract archieve Roundcube Webmail to directory /var/www/webmail

cd /tmp && wget
sudo tar -xzvf roundcubemail-1.0.5.tar.gz -C /var/www
sudo mv /var/www/roundcubemail-1.0.5/ /var/www/webmail

change ownership directory /var/www/webmail/ to user and group www-data ( www-data is user and group web server)

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/webmail/*
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/webmail/

Import database RoundCube to mysql server, login to mysql server then typing these command

mysql -u root -p roundcubedb < /var/www/webmail/SQL/mysql.initial.sql

To start the installation of Roundcube, open chrome or firefox browser, on address bar type :


This is screenshot page installer Roundcube Webmail


If all required modules and extensions are installed, press Continue and go to the next step


Enter your own configuration you want to use (SMTP & IMAP settings, etc.). If you want to log into your Gmail account with Roundcube Webmail, you can check this page for Gmail SMTP & IMAP settings. Don’t forget to fill your MySQL database details you have already created:


After complete configuration , Press Continue to finish the installation.


After Installation Roundcube Webmail complete, remove the directory /var/www/webmail/installer:

sudo rm -rf  /var/www/webmail/installer

Roundcube Webmail ready to use, Access Roundcube Webmail via browser (http://localhost/webmail/) then sign in using your email (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.)

Screenshow #01

Done. RoundCube Webmail with browser-based now available on your ubuntu server.

Enjoy !