Installation on Debian 9/Ubuntu 16.04

This tutorial will give you step-by-step commands to install the latest stable release of FreshRSS with Apache and MySQL using git. It’s always recommended that you backup your installation before updating

Please note: Commands need to be run as an administrator; either perform the following from a sudo shell (sudo -s) or use an administrator account.

Part 1: Setting up and configuring the LAMP stack

Begin by installing Apache, and enable Apache modules needed for FreshRSS

apt install apache2
a2enmod headers expires rewrite ssl

Then, you have to configure Apache. You can create a file in /etc/apache2/sites-available, based on our example configuration file. Once you’re done, create a symbolic link from this file to the sites-enabled folder:

ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/freshrss.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/freshrss.conf

Next, install PHP and the necessary modules

apt install php php-curl php-gmp php-intl php-mbstring php-sqlite3 php-xml php-zip

Install the PHP module for Apache

apt install libapache2-mod-php

Next, we’ll need to install and configure MySQL. Install MySQL components like so:

sudo apt install mysql-server mysql-client php-mysql

MySQL must now be started:

service mysql-server start

We’ll need to configure MySQL. Note: As you’ve just installed mysql, there will be no root password; simply hit enter on the first step


And restart it

service mysql-server restart

Finally, restart MySQL and the web server

service apache2 restart

Part 2: Installing FreshRSS

Begin by installing git, if you don’t already have it installed.

apt install git

Next, change to the install directory and download FreshRSS using git

cd /usr/share/
git clone

Change to the new FreshRSS directory, and set the permissions so that your Web server can access the files

cd FreshRSS
sudo cli/

Optional: If you would like to allow updates from the Web interface, set write permissions

chmod -R g+w .

Finally, symlink the public folder to the root of your web directory

ln -s /usr/share/FreshRSS/p /var/www/html/

Part 3: Creating a Database for FreshRSS

Start a MySQL session. running this command will ask you for the MySQL password you set earlier, and then put you into a prompt that should look like MariaDB [(none)]>

mysql -u root -p

From the MySQL prompt (MariaDB [(none)]>), run the following commands, substituting <username>, <password>, and <database_name> for real values.

CREATE USER '<username>'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '<password>';
CREATE DATABASE `databaseName`;
GRANT ALL privileges ON `databaseName`.* TO 'userName'@localhost;

A brief explanation of the previous command block:

Part 4: Finishing the Installation

You can now finish the installation from a web browser by navigating to to http://<your_server>/ and following the graphical prompts. Alternatively, you can finish the installation using the cli