How to install Snipe-IT on Ubuntu 22.04

Snipe-IT is an asset management system which can be self hosted too. It provides user friendly UI and has a powerful API. In this guide I will show you how to install Snipe-IT on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS with PHP 8.1 and MariaDB.

Before we start let’s list the basic requirements.

  • PHP 7.4 and above
  • MySQL or MariaDB
  • PHP Imagick and GD libraries

Snipe-IT provides three methods for installation, we will use the source code method.

1- Install PHP, Apache and MariaDB

Update and upgrade your system first.

apt update && apt upgrade

Install PHP, Apache, MariaDB and the required PHP extensions, libraries.

apt install apache2 mariadb-server libapache2-mod-php8.1 php8.1 php8.1-gmp php8.1-bcmath php8.1-gd php-json php8.1-mysql php8.1-curl php8.1-mbstring php8.1-intl php8.1-imagick php8.1-xml php8.1-zip php8.1-fpm php8.1-redis php8.1-apcu php8.1-opcache php8.1-memcache php8.1-memcached php8.1-ldap bzip2 zip unzip imagemagick vim

Enable Apache modules.

a2enmod ssl rewrite headers proxy proxy_http deflate cache proxy_wstunnel http2 proxy_fcgi env expires

We will use PHP FPM. For that we will disable prefork module and enable event module.

a2enconf php8.1-fpm
a2dismod php8.1
a2dismod mpm_prefork
a2enmod mpm_event
systemctl restart apache2

systemctl enable apache2
systemctl enable mariadb
systemctl enable php8.1-fpm

If you would like to configure some options in php.ini, it is available in /etc/php/8.1/fpm/php.ini.

Some of the basic options to change are:

  • max_execution_time = 180
  • memory_limit = 512M
  • post_max_size = 200M
  • upload_max_filesize = 200M
  • date.timezone = Europe/London

Save and restart PHP FPM.

systemctl restart php8.1-fpm

2- Database setup

Run /usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation to configure the database.


Login to the database server and create a database.

mysql -u root -p

create database snipeit CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_general_ci;
grant all on snipeit.* to 'snipeit_user'@'localhost' identified by 'PASSWORD';

flush privileges;

3- Apache vhost

Create a virtual host file in /etc/apache2/sites-available/. I will name it as snipeit.conf.

vim snipeit.conf

Include the following in it.

<VirtualHost *:80>
	ServerName DOMAIN.COM
	ServerAlias DOMAIN.COM
	DocumentRoot /var/www/html

	<Directory "/var/www/html">
        Allow From All
		AllowOverride All
		Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks

	ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/DOMAIN.COM-error.log

Enable the virtual host and restart Apache.

a2dissite 000-default.conf
a2ensite snipeit.conf

apachectl -t
systemctl restart apache2

4- SSL certificate from LE

To get a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt, install the snap package for it.

snap install certbot --classic

Now if you have already pointed your domain to the server IP, get a certificate.

certbot certonly --webroot -w /var/www/html -d DOAMIN.COM

5- Apache vhost 443 block

If you already have SSL certificates at hand, your 443 Apache vhost block would like the following.

You can do this later also once the propagation is completed.

<VirtualHost *:443>
	ServerName DOMAIN.COM
	DocumentRoot /var/www/html

	SSLProtocol All -SSLv2 -SSLv3 -TLSv1 -TLSv1.1
	SSLHonorCipherOrder On
	Header always set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=63072000; includeSubDomains; preload"
	Header always set X-Frame-Options DENY
	Header always set X-Content-Type-Options nosniff

    Protocols h2 http/1.1

	<Directory "/var/www/html">
        Allow From All
		AllowOverride All
		Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks

    ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/DOMAIN.COM-error.log

	SSLEngine on
	SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/DOMAIN.COM/privkey.pem
	SSLCertificateFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/DOMAIN.COM/fullchain.pem

Check and restart Apache.

apachectl -t
systemctl restart apache2

6- Download and install Snipe-IT

We are done with our server setup and it’s time to download install Snipe-IT app.

The latest version at the time of writing this article is 6.0.14. Let’s download that.

cd /var/www


Unzip and move it to html directory.

rm -r /var/www/html/*
shopt -s dotglob
mv v6.0.14/* html/

Change directory ownership.

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

Clean up:

rm -r v6.0.14

If everything is in place, navigate to your browser and begin the installation process.

Step 1: Basic requirements
Step 2: Confirmation of database setup
Installation Step 3: Some basic options to change and enter
After login: Dashboard
Admin: Snipe-IT settings

One last step, if you want to redirect http to https, add the following to the snipeit.conf file port 80 section.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI}

Restart Apache, and that would be it. Enjoy!

apachectl -t
systemctl restart apache2


    • If you encounter this error during the initial browse to the Snipe-it page, make sure you have applied the proper permissions by making the Apache user the owner of the HTML directory.

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