How to Install osCommerce on CentOS 7.1

Open Source Commerce (osCommerce) is a solution for online store software and alternative to Magento. It is indeed a complete software, easily installed and configured through a web-based installation procedure. It can be used on any web server with PHP and MySQL as the basic software. In this article, I will show you how to install osCommerce on CentOS 7.1 virtual private server (VPS). Before we proceed with step osCommerce installation, this tutorial assumes CentOS 7.1 server has been installed and LAMP or LEMP software also has been setup. The steps maybe similar to RHEL 7.1 and Oracle Linux 7.

Install osCommerce software on CentOS 7.1, RHEL 7.1 and Oracle Linux 7 via command line

1. Download osCommerce Online Merchant v2.3.4 Full Package and store it on web server root directory. This post use httpd web server and /var/www/html/ as the default root directory :

# cd /var/www/html/
# wget
# unzip

2. The webserver is not able to save the installation parameters to its configuration files. The following files need to have their file permissions set to world-writeable (chmod 777):

# cp -Rp oscommerce-2.3.4 oscommerce
# chmod 777 /var/www/html/oscommerce/catalog/includes/configure.php
# chmod 777 /var/www/html/oscommerce/catalog/admin/includes/configure.php

3. Setup database :

# mysql -u root -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 11
Server version: 5.5.40-MariaDB MariaDB Server

Copyright (c) 2000, 2014, Oracle, Monty Program Ab and others.

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE oscommercedb;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER oscommerceuser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'oscommercepassword';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES on oscommercedb.* to oscommerceuser@localhost;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.01 sec)

Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> exit

osCommerce Web Installation via Browser

4. Start osCommerce Web installation by browse the osccomerce URL as below :

Note : Replace IP address your own server IP address :

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a. Press Start:

install osCommerce

b. Enter database information :

install osCommerce

c. You will notice that there is a message “The database structure is now being imported. Please be patient during this procedure.”. Just wait untill it proceed to next page below. Click continue to proceed.

install osCommerce

d. Enter online store information :
install osCommerce

e. If you see this page, you already have a working osCommerce installed in CentOS 7.0.

install osCommerce

I hope this article gives you some ideas and essential guidance on how to install osCommerce on linux / CentOS 7.1 / RHEL 7.1 / Oracle Linux 7.

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