Running the CLI installer

The following documentation is for SuiteCRM Version 8+; to see documentation for Version 7, click here.

1. Intro

This page explains how to use the cli installer for SuiteCRM.

Before going through the steps on this page, please go through the Downloading & Installing guide.

2. Installing using the cli

2.1 Install the system

  • Run command:

    1. Option 1 - Run ./bin/console suitecrm:app:install without any options, the command will ask you for the required options

    2. Option 2 - Run ./bin/console suitecrm:app:install in one line by passing the required options the. See the section below for more detail.

./bin/console suitecrm:app:install -u "admin_username" -p "admin_password" -U "db_user" -P "db_password" -H "db_host" -N "db_name" -S "site_url" -d "demo_data"
./bin/console suitecrm:app:install -u "admin" -p "pass" -U "root" -P "dbpass" -H "mariadb" -N "suitecrm" -S "" -d "yes"

Further Info

To get more information on the supported arguments you can run: ./bin/console suitecrm:app:install --help. Which should show a list similar to the following:


The following sub-sections provide a brief explanation of each parameter you can set

2.1.1 site_url

In the above parameter you should set the url where your SuiteCRM instance is located. A few example:

Tip: you can simply copy the url from you browser’s address bar

2.1.2 db_user

In the above parameter you should set the user name for accessing your database.

Ensure that the Database User you specify has the permissions to create and write to the SuiteCRM database.

2.1.3 db_password

In the above parameter you should set the password for accessing your database.

2.1.4 db_host

In the above parameter you should set the host of your database.

in some systems when using localhost doctrine will try to use socket connection. However, socket connection is not supported at the moment, so in such cases, its maybe best to try with the ip, e.g.

2.1.5 db_name

In the above parameter you should set the name you want for the databases that will be created on your host during the install process, e.g. suite or suitecrm or another valid db name.

2.1.6 db_port

In the above parameter is set to the default port user in mysql and mariadb database engines. You should only change it in case your database host is using a different port.

2.1.7 demo_data

In the above parameter you can set if, during the install process, you want to pre-populate your database with demo data.

Possible values: 'yes' , 'no'.

2.1.8 admin_username

In the above parameter you can set the username for your SuiteCRM instance’s administrator user, e.g. admin or any other username you want to give.

2.1.9 admin_password

In the above parameter you can set the password for your SuiteCRM instance’s administrator user.

2.1.10 sys_check_option

Ignoring install warnings

Before running the install process, SuiteCRM is going to check for some system requirements, like max upload file size or memory limit. Some of these checks are optional, meaning that you can install the system without those. In case you want to proceed with the installation even if there are warnings you can check the Ignore System Check Warnings checkbox

Possible values: 'true' (for ignoring) , 'false' (for not ignoring).

2.2 Re-set permissions

After allowing time for the installation to complete, again set permissions.

If you are using the terminal you can do this by running:

find . -type d -not -perm 2755 -exec chmod 2755 {} \;
find . -type f -not -perm 0644 -exec chmod 0644 {} \;
find . ! -user www-data -exec chown www-data:www-data {} \;
chmod +x bin/console

Please have in mind that:

  • The user and group name (in the above example www-data) needs to be replaced by the actual system user and group that your webserver runs under. This varies depending on your operating system. Common web server users are as follows:

    • www-data (Ubuntu Linux/Apache)

    • apache (Linux/Apache)

  • If the group name differs from the username apache is running with, you may need 0664 instead of 0644, and 2775 instead of 2755

2.3 Double-checking configurations

Please double-check that the following configurations are correct

1 - Legacy config in public/legacy/config

  • site_url:

    • if you do not have your vhost pointing to the public dir within your SuiteCRM 8 root folder, you should append /public to your current host

2 - .htaccess in `public/legacy/.htaccess

  • RewriteBase

    • If you have your vhost pointing to legacy dir within the SuiteCRM 8 root folder. Then the correct value is RewriteBase /legacy

    • Otherwise, you should prepend the path until the public folder.

2.4 Access the app

You should now be able to access the instance at the https://<your-suite-crm-instance-path>;

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