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Roland Giesler, 2013-01-18 14:48
On first access after installation, Redmine does not run, but it requests this to be installed

HowTo Install Redmine 212 in Ubuntu 1210 and Apache Passenger

Inspired in "HowTo Install Redmine 210 on Debian Squeeze with Apache Passenger", from this same wiki, so meta-kudos, to the original authors.


  • We will be using; so every time you see this below, replace it by your own domain
  • For this to work maybe you shold edit /etc/hosts file adding a line ""
  • If you are behind a proxy, you could do export http_proxy="http://proxy.domain.tld:port" and the installation should work ok.

Warming up

We will first need to install basic packages:

apt-get install ruby rubygems libruby libapache2-mod-passenger ruby-dev

Download the latest version of Redmine (2.1.2 in our case) and untar it, then move it to /usr/local/share
cd /usr/local/share/
tar -xzvf redmine-2.1.2.tar.gz
ln -s /usr/local/share/redmine-2.1.2 /usr/local/share/redmine
chown -R root:root /usr/local/share/redmine-2.1.2

Install development libraries for MySQL and Imagick:

apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev libmagickcore-dev libmagickwand-dev (install shitload of packages)

Running the Gem stuff

Install Bundler (removing useless module, which would otherwise create dependencies):

gem install bundler
cd /usr/local/share/redmine/
bundle install --without development test postgresql sqlite

Install mysql2-adapter

gem install activerecord-mysql2-adapter

Creating the database

On a new installation you need to create the database and a user for redmine.
Open a mysql command prompt:

mysql -u root -p

At the mysql prompt enter the mysql commands:

create user 'redmine' identified by 'redmine';
set password for 'redmine'@'localhost' = password('my_password');
grant all on *.* to 'redmine'@'localhost';
create database redmine;


Copy config/database.yml.example to config/database.yml and edit this file in order to configure your database settings for "production" environment.
Example for a MySQL database using ruby1.8 or jruby:

  adapter: mysql2
  database: redmine
  host: localhost
  username: redmine
  password: my_password

Generate a session store secret:

rake generate_secret_token

Generate the database structure:

RAILS_ENV=production rake db:migrate

Generate default configuration data:

RAILS_ENV=production rake redmine:load_default_data

(using “es” for Spanish language in terminal prompt)

Setup config file in config/configuration.yml

Change database_ciphr_key: *

rake db:encrypt RAILS_ENV=production


Setup Apache’s VirtualHost config

# 8080 in this case is because we use a reverse proxy before Apache. Otherwise simply use "*:80" 

<VirtualHost *:8080>
 DocumentRoot /usr/local/share/redmine/public
 <Directory /usr/local/share/redmine/public>
   AllowOverride all
   Options -MultiViews

Once you enable this virtual host (a2ensite and reload Apache (apache2ctl graceful), you should see your site running on

The default login/password is admin/admin (don't forget to change this).

Sources of inspiration

We used the following resources as a starting point. Thanks to their respective authors.

Updated by Roland Giesler over 11 years ago · 8 revisions