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How to Install TYPO3 CMS on Ubuntu 24.04

TYPO3 is a free and open-source Enterprise-grade content management system. It provides enterprise-level features such as a scalable CMS with multisite support, multilingual installations, strong security implementation, blazingly fast, and can be run anywhere.

Using TYPO3 CMS allows you to build flexible and reliable websites. The TYPO3 CMS is backed by a vibrant professional community. By design, the TYPO3 CMS is a pluggable content management system with adaptable and decoupled architecture.

In this guide, you will install TYPO3 on the Ubuntu 24.04 server. You will install TYPO3 with the LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, and PHP), Composer, and GraphicsMagick.


To begin with this guide, make sure you have the following:

  • An Ubuntu 24.04 server.
  • A non-root user with administrator privileges.
  • A domain name pointed to a server IP address.

Installing dependencies

TYPO3 is an open-source content management system written in PHP and supports databases such as MySQL/MariaDB and PostgreSQL. In this section, you’ll install dependencies for TYPO3, which includes the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, and PHP), Composer as PHP dependency management, and GraphicsMagick for image processing.

Before you start, update your Ubuntu package index with the command below.

sudo apt update

Now install package dependencies for TYPO3 CMS with the following ‘apt install’ command. With this command, you will install dependencies such as the LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, and PHP), Composer as PHP package manager, Git, and GraphicsMagick for automatic image processing.

sudo apt install apache2 mariadb-server composer graphicsmagick php php-common php-mysql libapache2-mod-php php-gd php-curl php-json php-xmlrpc php-intl php-gmagick php-bcmath php-zip php-apcu php-mbstring php-fileinfo php-xml php-soap

Type Y to proceed with the installation.

When the installation is complete, verify the status for both Apache and MariaDB services, and then check the PHP, Composer, and GraphicsMagick versions.

Verify the Apache service status with the command below. You should get the output of the Apache service as ‘enabled‘ and ‘active (running)’.

sudo systemctl is-enabled apache2
sudo systemctl status apache2

Next, check the MariaDB service status using the following command. The output should be similar to Apache, you’ll see the MariaDB server is ‘enabled‘ and ‘active (running)‘.

sudo systemctl is-enabled mariadb
sudo systemctl status mariadb

Now execute the command below to check the PHP and Composer versions. On Ubuntu 24.04, the default PHP version is 8.3, and the Composer is 2.7.1.

php -v
sudo -u www-data composer --version

Lastly, check the GraphicsMagick version using the command below. You should see GraphicsMagick 1.3 installed on your Ubuntu system.

gm version

Configuring PHP

To install TYPO3, you must change the default PHP configuration file ‘php.ini’. You need to edit the ‘php.ini’ file for both Apache and PHP CLI, then change some default configurations for TYPO3 installation.

Edit the ‘php.ini’ file for both Apache and PHP CLI with the following nano editor command.

sudo nano /etc/php/8.3/apache2/php.ini
sudo nano /etc/php/8.3/cli/php.ini

Change the default configuration with the following. Make sure to adjust the ‘memory_limit‘ and ‘date.timezone‘ options with your server environment.

date.timezone = Europe/Amsterdam
memory_limit = 512M
max_execution_time = 240
max_input_vars = 1500
post_max_size = 50M
upload_max_filesize = 50M

Save the file and exit.

Now run the command below to restart the Apache service and apply your changes on PHP.

sudo systemctl restart apache2

After that, run the following command to create a new ‘info.php’ file in the ‘/var/www/html‘ directory.

echo "<?php phpinfo(); ?>" > /var/www/html/info.php

Lastly, visit using your preferred web browser. You will see details of your PHP configurations, make sure everything that you’ve configured via ‘php.ini‘ is applied.

Go check the ‘Core’ section to see the ‘memory_limit‘, ‘post_max_size‘, ‘max_execution_time‘, and others of your PHP installation.

Configuring MariaDB server

Now that you’ve configured PHP, you need to secure the MariaDB server, and then create a new database and user for TYPO3. In this section, you’ll secure MariaDB using the ‘mariadb-secure-installation‘ utility and create a new database and user from the command line.

Secure your MariaDB server installation by executing the ‘mariadb-secure-installation‘ command below.

sudo mariadb-secure-installation

Now, you will be prompted to configure the MariaDB server. Enter Y to accept the default setting or n to reject it.

  • The default MariaDB installation comes without a password, press ENTER when prompted for the password.
  • Now input Y to set up the MariaDB root password. Then, type the new password for MariaDB and repeat the password.
  • Input Y to remove the anonymous user from your MariaDB installation.
  • Input Y again when prompted to disable the remote login for the MariaDB root user.
  • Input Y to remove the default database test from your MariaDB.
  • Lastly, input Y to reload table privileges and apply new changes.

After you’ve configured the MariaDB server, log in to the MariaDB with the following command. Input your MariaDB root password when prompted.

sudo mariadb -u root -p

Now run the following queries to create a new database, ‘typo3db’, and a new user, ‘typo3’, with the password ‘Typo3Password’. Change details database information as you need.

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON typo3db.* to typo3@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'Typo3Password';

Next, run the query below to check privileges for user ‘typo3‘. This will ensure that user ‘typo3‘ can access the database ‘typo3db‘ for your TYPO3 CMS installation.

SHOW GRANTS FOR typo3@localhost;

The output below shows you that user ‘typo3‘ can access the database ‘typo3db‘.

Lastly, type quit to exit from the MariaDB server.

Downloading TYPO3 via Composer

There are multiple ways to install and download the TYPO3 source code. Now you will set up the TYPO3 installation directory, and then download TYPO3 using Composer (PHP dependencies management).

First, run the following command to create new directories for Composer cache and configuration, and the TYPO3 installation directory ‘/var/www/typo3‘.

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/{.cache,.config,typo3}

Now run the command below to change the ownership of the above directories to user ‘www-data‘, and then enable read and write access to the ‘/var/www/typo3‘ directory.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/{.cache,.config,typo3}
sudo chmod u+rw /var/www/typo3

Next, go to the ‘/var/www/typo3‘ directory and install TYPO3 CMS with the ‘composer‘ command below. In this example, you will install the latest version of TYPO3 CMS v12 to your Ubuntu server.

cd /var/www/typo3
sudo -u www-data composer create-project typo3/cms-base-distribution:^12 .

You can see below the TYPO3 CMS download and installation process:

Setting up TYPO3 via the command line

After downloading the TYPO3 CMS source code, you will configure the TYPO3 installation using the command line. You can also set up the TYPO3 installation using a web browser, but now you’ll be configuring the TYPO3 CMS installation from your terminal.

To configure TYPO3 CMS installation via command, run the following:

./vendor/bin/typo3 setup

You will be prompted with the following configurations:

  • Type apache as the web server.
  • Type mysqli as the database driver.
  • Input details of your MariaDB user, password, port, and host that will be used for TYPO3 CMS.
  • Type typo3db as the database name.
  • Type your administrator user, password, and email address for TYPO3 CMS. Your password must contain a special character at least one.
  • For the project name, leave it as default.
  • Press ENTER when asked to create the basic site.

If your installation is successful, you will see an output ‘Congratulations – TYPO3 Setup is done‘.

Lastly, re-run the following command to change the ownership of the ‘/var/www/typo3‘ directory to user ‘www-data‘.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/typo3

Setting up Apache virtual host

Now that you’ve configured TYPO3 from the terminal, let’s move on to configure the Apache virtual host for your TYP3 installation. So make sure that you’ve prepared your domain name.

First, activate the Apache ‘rewrite‘ module with the following command.

sudo a2enmod rewrite

Then create a new virtual host file ‘/etc/apache2/sites-available/typo3.conf‘ using the following nano editor command.

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/typo3.conf

Insert the following configuration and make sure to change the ServerName option with your TYPO3 CMS domain name. In this example, TYPO3 CMS will be running on the domain ‘‘.

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/typo3/public

<Directory /var/www/typo3/public/>
Options FollowSymlinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

<Directory /var/www/typo3/public/>
RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^(.*) index.php [PT,L]

Now run the command below to activate the ‘typo3.conf’ virtual host file and verify your Apache syntax. The output ‘Syntax OK‘ will be displayed, if you have proper Apache syntax.

sudo a2ensite typo3.conf
sudo apachectl configtest

Lastly, restart the Apache service with the command below to apply your TYPO3 CMS virtual host. When executed, your TYPO3 CMS installation will be ready.

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Securing TYPO3 CMS with HTTPS

In this section, you’ll secure TYPO3 CMS with HTTPS using Certbot and Letsencrypt. Certbot will be used for generating SSL/TLS certificates from Letsencrypt. Also, you will be using the Certbot Apache plugin to set up automatic HTTPS on your virtual hosts.

Install Certbot and the Certbot APache plugin with the command below. Type Y to proceed with the installation.

sudo apt install certbot python3-certbot-apache

After the installation, run the ‘certbot’ command below to generate SSL/TLS certificates for your TYPO3 CMS domain name. So make sure to change the domain name and email address with your information.

sudo certbot --apache --agree-tos --redirect --hsts --staple-ocsp --email [email protected] -d

When the process is finished, your TYPO3 CMS will secured with HTTPS automatically. Your SSL/TLS certificates are available in the ‘/etc/letsencrypt/live/‘ directory.

Accessing TYPO3

Visit the TYPO3 CMS login page at using your preferred web browser. If your installation is successful, you should get the TYPO3 CMS login page.

Input your admin user and password, then click Login to confirm.

After logging in, you will see the TYPO3 CMS administration dashboard like the following:

At the top-right menu, click the information icon to get details about your TYPO3 CMS stack. As you can see below, the TYPO3 CMS 12.4 is installed with Apache 2.4.58, MariaDB server 10.11, PHP 8.3, and the Composer mode is enabled.


Congratulations! You have installed TYPO3 CMS on the Ubuntu 24.04 server. You have TYPO3 CMS running with the LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, and PHP), GraphicsMagick image processing, and the Composer mode enabled. You also secured TYPO3 CMS with HTTPS using Certbot and Letsencrypt.



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