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How to install Mantis bug tracker on Debian 11?

Hello friends. In this post, you will learn how to install Mantis Bug Tracker on Debian 11.

Install LAMP on Debian 11

Mantis is a web application, so we need a web server and a database manager like MariaDB. To do all this in a single command line run.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apache2 mariadb-server php libapache2-mod-php php-{mysql,date,json,mbstring,curl,gd,ldap,intl,xml,zip,bcmath,pear} libpcre3 libpcre3-dev

With this, you have a LAMP. Then we have to create a new database and user for Mantis.

Access the MariaDB console

sudo mysql -u root -p

Create the database

create database mantis;

Then the user with the password.

grant all privileges on mantis.* to 'user'@'localhost' identified by 'password';

Apply the changes and exit the console.

flush privileges;

Please don’t hesitate to change the database name, user, and password to whatever you want.

Download Mantis bug tracker in Debian 11

Now we can download the application. To achieve this, we must use the wget command.


Unzip it using unzip. If you don’t have it, you can install it:

sudo apt install unzip

Now unzip it


Move the resulting folder to the Apache Document Root.

sudo mv mantisbt-2.25.2 /var/www/html/mantisbt

Make Apache the owner of the folder and assign the correct permissions to it.

sudo chown -R www-data: /var/www/html/mantisbt
sudo chmod 755 -R /var/www/html/mantisbt

Now create a new virtual host for Apache to better process Mantis.

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/mantisbt.conf

And add the following

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/mantisbt"

    ServerName mantis.unixcop.test

    ErrorLog "/var/log/apache2/mantisbt_error_log"
    CustomLog "/var/log/apache2/mantisbt_access_log" combined

        <Directory "/var/www/html/mantisbt/">
            DirectoryIndex index.php 
            Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks
            AllowOverride All
            Require all granted

1.- Virtualhost for Mantis
1.- Virtualhost for Mantis

Replace ServerName with your domain.

Save the changes and close the editor.

Enable the new site and the rewrite module.

sudo a2ensite mantisbt.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite

Finally, restart Apache.

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Install Mantis bug tracker on Debian 11

Open your web browser and go to your domain to start the installation wizard.

There, the first thing you will see is the requirements to be met by the server.

2.- Install Mantis bug tracker on Debian 11
2.- Install Mantis bug tracker on Debian 11

Further down, you will have to enter the credentials of the database we created earlier.

3.- Database parameters
3.- Database parameters

After the installation will start and if all goes well you will see this message

4.- Installation complete
4.- Installation complete

Then you will see the login screen. Log in with administrator and the password root.

5.- Mantis Bug Tracker login screen
5.- Mantis Bug Tracker login screen

Now you will see the dashboard.

6.- Mantis Dashboard
6.- Mantis Dashboard

Enjoy it.


In this post, we have explained how to install Mantis Bug Tracker in Debian 11. Thanks for your attention.


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