Install Open Atrium on Linux – A Drupal Based Team Collaboration Tool

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Open Atrium is a set of tools for better team collaboration. It is based on Drupal and uses its strengths to develop a secure, scaleable, highly customizable websites. It comes with builtin tools like blog, a wiki, a calendar, a case tracker, a shoutbox, and a dashboard etc to successfully develop and manage your websites. You can develop highly interactive, responsive and good looking websites with this tool.The installation process for this application is documented below.

Installing Open Atrium on Ubuntu 15.04

Installing Lamp-Stack

This tool is developed in PHP, and needs Apache web server to run, so we will have to install Lamp-stack on our Ubuntu system. Run following command to install it.

 sudo apt-get install lamp-server^  

During the installation process, it will launch a pop up to specify MySQL root login, note down the root password you set here as it will be used later when installing Atrium.  Once the installation of Lamp-stack is complete, run following command to start Apache web server

 sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 start 

Configuring PHP

For Atrium to install and run properly, we need to have PHP memory limit value set to minimum 196 MB.  Edit your php.ini file in Gedit text editor by running the following command:

 sudo gedit /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini 

Change the value of “memory_limit” to 196 MB and save the file (As shown in the following screenshot).

Atrium Memory Limit

Restart Apache web server so that this change might take effect.

 sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart 

Creating Database for Atrium:

Let’s create a database for open Atrium, login your MySQL console and run following command to create database.

 create database openatrium; 

The following screenshot should depict the whole process.

Atrium MySQL

Installing Atrium

First of all download Atrium from following URL.

Download Atrium

Once the download process is complete, go to the download location via terminal and run following command to move the downloaded file to Apache document root directory (/var/www/html).

 sudo mv openatrium-7.x-2.44-core.tar.gz /var/www/html/ 

Go to the Apache Document root directory:

 cd  /var/www/html 

Here run following command to extract the Atrium’s tar file.

 sudo tar xvf openatrium-7.x-2.44-core.tar.gz 

Now rename the extracted directory to something more meaningful.

 sudo mv openatrium-7.x-2.44 openatrium 

Grant writable permissions to this directory for the installation purposes.

 sudo chmod -R 777 openatrium 

Let’s duplicate the default setting file located inside “sites/default” directory; it is one of the pre-requisite for the installation process.

 cd sites/default 
 sudo cp default.settings.php settings.php 

The rest of the installation process is web based, launch your browser and load http://localhost/openatrium , here is the very first screen it should show you. Choose you language for the installation here and click “save and continue”.

Atrium Language

It will verify that all requirements for the new installation are fulfilled, and will take you to the “Database Configuration” stage. Here specify your database name, MySQL logins and click “save and continue”.

Atrium Database

Here choose your installation method, “Quick” and “Standard” are the two choices. Quick installation process works bit faster, click  “save and continue” to proceed further.

Atrium Installation Type

The installation process is in progress now, sit tight, it should take a bit to complete.

Atrium Installating

During the installation process, it will ask you to provide your site information and site maintenance account.

Atrium Site Maintainance

That’s it, the installation is complete now.

Atrium Install complete

Click “Visit your new site” option to access your Atrium based website.



Atrium is a feature rich and extensible collaboration framework, you can use it to build highly interactive websites in no time.  For production environments, it is recommended to install and run Atrium on some reliable Virtual Private Server. Linuxpitstop recommends HostGator VPS Services .