OpenCart is a free, open-source, web-based shopping cart e-commerce platform written in PHP. It allows you to start your own online shop to add, manage and sell products online. OpenCart provides an open-source code and enables you to customize it per your requirements. It is a simple, lightweight, user-friendly, and powerful store management program that allows you to manage multiple stores via a web browser. You can easily manage product inventory, orders, affiliates, discounts, product reviews, payment gateways, and more from the central location. If you are looking to host your own online store, then OpenCart is the best choice for you.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OpenCart on Oracle Linux 8.

Step 1 – Install LAMP Stack

Before starting, a LAMP Stack must be installed on your server. If not installed, you can install it using the following command:

dnf install httpd mariadb-server -y

After the installation, you will also need to install PHP version 8.0 and all required extensions. By default, PHP 8.0 is not included in the Oracle Linux default repo, so you will need to install the EPEL and PHP REMI repositories to your system.

First, install the EPEL and REMI repos with the following command:

dnf install epel-release -y
dnf install

Next, you will need to reset the PHP default module and enable the PHP REMI 8.0 module:

dnf module reset php
dnf module enable php:remi-8.0

Next, run the following command to install PHP 8.0 with all required extensions:

dnf install php php-gd php-ldap php-zip php-odbc php-pear php-xml php-xmlrpc php-mbstring php-mysqlnd php-snmp php-soap curl curl-devel unzip git -y

Once PHP is installed with all the required packages, start the Apache and MariaDB services and enable them to start at system reboot:

systemctl start httpd
systemctl enable httpd
systemctl start mariadb
systemctl enable mariadb

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Step 2 – Configure a Database for OpenCart

OpenCart uses MariaDB as a database backend, so you will need to create a database and user for OpenCart.

First, secure the MariaDB installation and set the MariaDB root password using the following command:


Answer all the questions as shown below:

Enter current password for root (enter for none): 
Set root password? [Y/n] Y
New password: 
Re-enter new password: 
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y

Next, log in to MariaDB using the following command:

mysql -u root -p

Once you are connected to MariaDB, create a user and database with the following command:

CREATE USER 'opencart'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

Next, grant all the privileges to the OpenCart database with the following command:

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON opencart.* TO 'opencart'@'localhost';

Next, flush the privileges and exit from MariaDB with the following command:


Step 3 – Download OpenCart Source

First, download the latest version of the OpenCart from the GitHub repository using the git command:

git clone

Once the download is completed, navigate to the downloaded directory and copy the upload directory to the Apache web root directory:

cd opencart
mv upload /var/www/html/opencart

Next, copy some sample configuration files using the following command:

cp /var/www/html/opencart/config-dist.php /var/www/html/opencart/config.php
cp /var/www/html/opencart/admin/config-dist.php /var/www/html/opencart/admin/config.php

Next, set proper permissions and ownership using the following command:

chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/opencart
chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/opencart

Step 4 – Create an Apache Virtual Host for OpenCart

Next, you will need to create an Apache virtual host configuration file to host OpenCart on the Internet:

nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/opencart.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/opencart/
<Directory /var/www/html/opencart/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/
CustomLog /var/log/httpd/ common

Save and close the file, then restart the Apache service to apply the changes:

systemctl restart httpd

Step 5 – Configure Firewall

If you are using firewalld, then you will need to allow HTTP and HTTPS services through the firewall. You can allow them using the following command:

firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=http
firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=https

Next, reload firewalld to apply the changes:

firewall-cmd --reload

Step 6 – Access OpenCart Dashboard

You can now access the OpenCart Web UI using the URL You should see the following page:
OpenCart License page
Accept the license agreement and click on the Continue button. You should see the following page:
OpenCart Pre-requisites page
Make sure all PHP extensions are installed then click on the Continue button. You should see the following page:
OpenCart database configuration page
OpenCart admin configuration page
Provide your database details, admin username, and password, and click on the Continue button. You should see the following page:
OpenCart installed page
Now, open your terminal and remove the install directory using the following command:

rm -rf /var/www/html/opencart/install

Next, go back to the OpenCart web interface and click on Login to your Administration. You should see the OpenCart login page:
OpenCart login page
Provide your admin username and password and click on the Login button. You should see the OpenCart dashboard on the following page:
OpenCart dashboard page


In this post, we explained how to install the OpenCart shopping cart platform on Oracle Linux 8. Your OpenCart platform is now ready to use. You can now start your own online store using OpenCart. Get started on VPS hosting from Atlantic.Net.