If you already have Apache HTTP Webserver (and PHP loaded as an Apache Module) and MySQL running, then you have everything you need.
In case you do not have the requisites setup, you have two options:
Use an AMP stack which has Apache, MySQL and PHP pre-configured to work together.
If you want you can configure Apache, MySQL and PHP on your own manually. You can refer to the OrangeHRM FAQ on how to install/configure them.
AMP Stack for Windows
Recommended AMP stack for Windows is XAMPP Windows.Download
Notice: Make sure you download the Installer from the Basic Package and not the upgrades, developer packs, etc.
After downloading, start installing XAMPP for Windows.
You can choose the default installation location and click ’Next‘
When asked to "Install XAMPP Servers (Apache, MySQL etc) as service?",
When asked "Install Apache 2 as service?", select Yes
When asked "Install MySQL as service?", select Yes
You may skip the other services by selecting No since they are not required for OrangeHRM
Select Yes to start the XAMPP control panel too.
In case you use any firewall software (i.e.: Windows Firewall) and if it prompts please make sure that XAMPP services (Apache Web Server, MySQL) are exempted from the blocked list.
If you use Skype, this may result in a port conflict with Apache web-server included in XAMPP when install. Therefore make sure you re-start Windows to make sure that XAMPP services start before Skype (then Skype will go for an alternate port).
AMP Stack for Linux
Recommended AMP stack for Linux is XAMPP Linux.Download
Notice: Make sure you download complete stack (usually the biggest download out of the lot) and not the upgrades, developer packs, etc.
After downloading, install XAMPP Linux. Follow the instructions that comes with XAMPP Linux or given on the XAMPP site.
Note: You always have to manually start the stack, every time you reboot.
You will have to change the ownership of OrangeHRM files to nobody.nobody
Type the following in the shell. <orangehrm> is the path where the OrangeHRM files are located.
$ chown -R nobody:nobody <orangehrm-2.6.3> or chown -R nobody <orangehrm-2.6.3>
Note: XAMPP users, the Linux stack needs to be started manually. Refer to the stack documentation.
Above hostname is "localhost" if it is installed in the machine you are currently working on or IP address if it is remotely hosted (i.e. external to the machine you are using).
Web installation will be briefly described bellow.
It will state which version of OrangeHRM will be installed.
Click [Next] button in the Welcome screen to proceed with the installation.
Here you will be provided with a copy of the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE and to continue the installation you will have to accept the license.
If you decline simply discontinue the installation and delete all OrangeHRM files you posses.
Click [I Accept] button if you accept the terms and
conditions of the license. Then you will be taken to the next page of
the Web Installer.
all responses are green you can safely continue. You have installed
the correct versions of the pre-requisites and configured them to work.
See below for all the color codes in a sample situation.
Click [Next] button in the System Check screen to continue.
Maximum Session Idle Time before Timeout
Session Idle Time before Timeout is checked to ensure that users don't
get logged out within a short period such as less than 15 minutes. As
a precaution it's not possible to continue installing OrangeHRM if the session times out in less than 2 minutes.
How to Fix
You will have to change session.gc_maxlifetime in the php.ini file. (Default session.g c_maxlifetime = 1440)
It is still possible that some other php application running in the same server overriding session.gc_maxlifetime value in the php.ini file at runtime. This will be the case if you are running OrangeHRM in a shared host. Workaround is available but beyond the scope of this document.
How to enable InnoDB support in MySQL
To enable "InnoDB" please open "my" (or "my.cnf") file in a text
editor and search for "skip-innodb" and add the leading "#" and restart
the MySQL database server to enable InnoDB.
should read as
(in XAMPP for windows my.cnf is found in C:\xampp\mysql\bin\my.cnf)
(in XAMPP for linux my.cnf is found in /opt/lampp/etc/my.cnf)
Enter the relevant information about your MySQL database server and database users.
Click [Next] in Database Creation screen to continue.
Privileged Database Users and OrangeHRM Database Users
Database Server users could be assigned different rights. For the web
installer to create the OrangeHRM Database, you need to give a Database
user account details (user-name/password) with permissions CREATE,
ALTER, DROP, INSERT under the field Privileged Database User/Password.
Since OrangeHRM requires only permissions INSERT, UPDATE, SELECT and
DELETE to interact with database, the web installer could create a
separate database user account to for OrangeHRM. It is always
recommended that you create a separate user account for OrangeHRM. To
do so fill in OrangeHRM User details(username/password) as required by
you, and web-installer would create the account for you.
Note: Since the database user account details used by
OrangeHRM are stored in plain text, it would be a security threat to
have OrangeHRM use Privileged user account.
Admin User Creation
Type in the Admin Username, Password and Confirm Admin User Password.
Click [Next] button in Admin User Creation Screen to continue.
Confirm whether the installation details are correct and Click [Install] button in the Confirmation screen to install.
Installation will begin immediately. Once you click [install] there is no way that you can stop the installation from starting. You cannot roll back the installation as well. Click [Install] only if you are sure that you want to install with the given configuration.
Here you will be shown the progress of the installation. Once the installation is completed the [Next] button will be enabled. Click [Next] button in the Installing screen to continue.
If an error occurs during the installation the whole installation will be aborted.
Click [Clean Up Install] to go to previous pages to correct the error and restart the installation. See screenshots
If the installation is aborted you will have to either DROP the database with the name you provided in the Database Creation page if it exists or key in another name for the database.
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Following are sample screenshots of the Installing screen:
Installation has just started.
Installation in progress.
Installation has finished successfully.
Installation has been aborted due to an error.
If you want be Up-to-Date on news about OrangeHRM,
please provide your E-mail address and a name that the e-mails should
be addressed to. We would appreciate if you register here, then we
will know how many users have successfully installed OrangeHRM.
You can also provide your comments.
If you want to receive Updates or Newsletters select the tick box [Updates/Newsletter]. Click [Register] to send the information.
If the registration is successful you can click [Login to OrangeHRM] to Login to OrangeHRM.
If you don't want to register click [No thanks!].
If the sending of registration Information fails an error message will be shown. Click [Retry] to send the details again or [Skip] to skip this step an you will not be registered.
Global IT Manager, Picsel Technologies
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