How to Install PrestaShop on Ubuntu 20.04

Install PrestaShop on Ubuntu 20.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure PrestaShop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

PrestaShop is a free shopping cart platform written in the PHP programming language with support for the MySQL database management system. PrestaShop is used to build and run an online store and it is very easy to use. If you’re looking for an enterprise-grade online store platform to sell your products, PrestaShop should probably be a starting point for you.

Install PrestaShop on Ubuntu 20.04

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install LAMP Stack.

PrestaShop is built with PHP. You can host it like you would any other web app is written in PHP. So, you’re going to need to set Ubuntu up as either a LAMP server. If you haven’t done so already, use our traditional LAMP guide.

Step 3. Download and Install PrestaShop on the Ubuntu system.

We will download the latest stable version of PrestaShop:

cd /tmp

After downloading the latest version of the PrestaShop, unzip it and move the folder to the webroot directory of the webserver:

sudo unzip prestashop_*.zip -d /var/www/html/prestashop/

After that, change the permission of Prestashop folder to Apache’s www-data user and group, for that the syntax will be:

sudo chown -R www-data: /var/www/html/prestashop/

Step 4. Creating a MariaDB database for PrestaShop.

PrestaShop uses the MariaDB database to store all its data. Log in to your MariaDB server with the following command and enter your MariaDB root password:

mysql -u root -p

Once you’re in the MariaDB console, create a new database:

MariaDB > CREATE DATABASE prestashop;
MariaDB > GRANT ALL ON prestashop.* TO 'prestashop'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'strong-password';
MariaDB > exit;

Step 4. Configuring Apache for PrestaShop.

Create a new virtual host configuration file for your PrestaShop website, named

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/

And add the following content to the file:

<VirtualHost *:80>    
      DocumentRoot /var/www/html/prestashop/

      ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
      CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

      <Directory /var/www/html/prestashop/>
         Options FollowSymlinks
         AllowOverride All
         Require all granted

To enable the virtual host we have just created, run the following command:

ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/ /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/

For the new configuration to take effect, restart the Apache service by typing:

sudo a2ensite 
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Step 5. Completing the PrestaShop Installation.

You can now open your favorite web browser and enter the domain, you should see PrestaShop setup wizard complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.

That’s all you need to do to install PrestaShop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading on the PrestaShop e-commerce platform, please refer to their official knowledge base. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.