Janik von Rotz

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Install LimeSurvey webapp

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LimeSurvey is the leading open source survey application.



Create the application directory

sudo mkdir /var/www/<limesurvey>/

Open the LimeSurvey application directory

cd /var/www/<limesurvey>/

Download latest LimeSurvey package and untar it. You can get the link to the latest release here: https://www.limesurvey.org/en/stable-release.

sudo wget http://download.limesurvey.org/Latest_stable_release/limesurvey205plus-build150310.tar.gz
sudo tar -xzvf limesurvey205plus-build150310.tar.gz

Copy the extracted files to the current folder and delete the other files

sudo cp -r ./limesurvey/* ./
sudo rm -r limesurvey
sudo rm limesurvey205plus-build150310.tar.gz

Let’s create the MySQL LimeSurvey database and user.

mysql -u root -p

Enter the MySQL root user password.

Create the LimeSurvey database.

CREATE DATABASE <limesurvey>;

Create the LimeSurvey database user.

CREATE USER <limesurvey>@localhost;

Set the password for the LimeSurvey database user.

SET PASSWORD FOR <limesurvey>@localhost = PASSWORD("<password>");

Grant LimeSurvey user full access on LimeSurvey database.

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON <limesurvey>.* TO <limesurvey>@localhost IDENTIFIED BY '<password>';

Refresh MySQL and exit.


Grant permissions for the www-data group and user.

sudo chown www-data:www-data /var/www/<limesurvey> -R 

Test config and reload Nginx service.

sudo nginx -t && sudo service nginx reload

Open the browser again on //<host> and install the LimeSurvey application.

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