How to install osTicket on CentOS 8 /RHEL 8

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In this post, you will learn how to install osTicket on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8


osTicket is a widely-used open source support ticket system. It seamlessly integrates inquiries created via email, phone and web-based forms into a simple easy-to-use multi-user web interface. Manage, organize and archive all your support requests and responses in one place while providing your customers with accountability and responsiveness they deserve.


  • Dashboard Reports

rich and simple dashboard keeps you up-to-date on your help desk statistics

  • Ticket Filters

powerful ticket filtering system makes sure the right tickets goes to the right department leaving you with a clutter-free environment

  • Configurable Help Topic

Add, edit, and delete your help desk topics that suit your preference

  • Customer Support Portal

Robust customer support portal system to help your business maintain happy customer relationships

  • Service Level Agreements

Simply set your business hours and our system will handle the rest leaving you worry-free


Just follow the steps below

Update the system

  • Update your system and install yum-utils
sudo yum -y update && sudo yum -y install yum-utils

Install and Configure mariaDB

  • Install and Configure MariaDB database
sudo yum -y install @mariadb
  • Start and enable the mariadb service
sudo systemctl enable --now mariadb
  • Secure your Database server after installation
sudo mysql_secure_installation
  • The next step is to create osTicket database. Login to your database server as root user and create a database for osTicket
mysql -u root -p

CREATE DATABASE osticket_db; 
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON osticket_db.* TO osticket_user@localhost IDENTIFIED BY "unixcopPassword"; 

 Install Apache Web Server

  • Run the following commands to download and install apache
sudo yum install httpd -y
  • Start the service.
sudo systemctl enable --now httpd
  •  Show the service status
systemctl status httpd

 Install PHP

  • Install PHP 7.4 on CentOS 8. Add EPEL and Remi repisitories as follow:
sudo dnf -y install
sudo dnf -y install
sudo dnf -y install yum-utils
  • Reset php AppStream module
sudo dnf module reset php
  • Then enable PHP 7.4 module
sudo dnf module install php:remi-7.4 
  • Also install other PHP 7.4 extensions as shown below
sudo dnf install wget php php-{pear,cgi,common,curl,mbstring,gd,mysqlnd,gettext,bcmath,json,xml,fpm,intl,zip,imap,apcu} -y
  • Verify that the version of PHP that will be installed is v7.4
php --version

Download and Install osTicket

  • First install some helpful tools
dnf install curl wget unzip -y
  • Download latest release of osTicket by running the below command.
curl -s | grep browser_download_url | grep "browser_download_url" | cut -d '"' -f 4 | wget -i -
  • Then extract the downloaded osTicket
unzip osTicket-v*.zip -d osTicket
  • Move osTicket folder to /var/www directory
mv osTicket /var/www/
  • Create an osTicket configuration file
cp /var/www/osTicket/upload/include/ost-sampleconfig.php /var/www/osTicket/upload/include/ost-config.php 
  • Change the ownership to apache for this directory
sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/osTicket

Configure Apache Web Server

  • Create VirtualHost file for osTicket on Apache configurations.
vim /etc/httpd/conf.d/osticket.conf
  • Then add the following:
<VirtualHost *:80>
     ServerAdmin [email protected]
     DocumentRoot /var/www/osTicket/upload
     <Directory /var/www/osTicket/>
          Options FollowSymlinks
          AllowOverride All
          Require all granted

     ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/osticket_error.log
     CustomLog /var/log/httpd/osticket_access.log combined
  • Enable php-fpm service
systemctl enable --now php-fpm
  • Edit the setting of enforcing SElinux
sudo setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect 1
semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t "/var/www/osTicket(/.*)?"
sudo restorecon -Rv /var/www/osTicket/
  • Restart apache
systemctl restart httpd
  • Open http and https ports in the firwalld
firewall-cmd --add-service={http,https} --permanent
firewall-cmd --reload

Install osTicket on CentOS 8

  • Visit the osTicket Web console with in your web browser.
  • Confirm the software requirements checks then click continue as shown below:
Install osTicket
Install osTicket
  • Enter the required information for system settings and Admin User
  • Also fill the Database we created as shown then click install Now
  • With successful installation, you will get this page as shown below:

NOTE: To log in to backend system ( Staff control panel), use the link below your Staff control panel

  •  Access Your Staff Control Panel with the admin user credential you entered before while the installation
  • You will get this warning to delete setup directory as shown below, so remove it with running the commands below:
sudo chmod 0644 /var/www/osTicket/upload/include/ost-config.php
sudo rm -rf /var/www/osTicket/upload/setup/
  • Refresh the page again
  • Then click Manage to get the help topics as shown below


That’s it

We showed you how to install osTicket on CentOS 8 /RHEL 8

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