Akaunting is a free, open source and online accounting software designed for small businesses and freelancers. This tool is built with modern technologies such as Laravel, Bootstrap, jQuery, RESTful API, and others.
In this blog post, we will look at how to install and configure Akaunting on Ubuntu Linux system. For a complete list of Akaunting features, refer to the official guide. Below is a summary of features.
- Various Payments: Add non-billable expenses as payments in order to keep your bank/cash account balances up-to-date.
- Unlimited Attachments: Attach your business files and/or receipts to invoices, expenses, payments for original evidence.
- Tax Rates: Set up different names for each tax, and link specific taxes to specific products or transactions to save you time.
- Transaction Categories: Create categories for incomes, expenses and items and see the flow of your business at a glance.
- Multi-Currency: Send invoices and add expenses in any currency and let the system convert them in your main currency.
- Bulk Actions: Enable, disable, export, and delete records easily in batch mode.
- Discount: Encourage client loyalty with your work by giving them a discount from the usual cost.
- Dashboards & Widgets: Create dashboards/widgets that serve different purposes and share them with your staff/accountant.
Install Akaunting on Ubuntu 22.04|20.04|18.04
Akaunting installation has the following environment dependencies:
- PHP 7.3 or higher
- Database (eg: MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite)
- Web Server (eg: Apache, Nginx, IIS)
- URL Rewrite (mod_rewrite)
For PHP, these extensions should be installed
Our installation will use Nginx Web Server and MariaDB database server. Before we start the installation, update and upgrade your system.
sudo apt update && sudo apt -y full-upgrade [ -f /var/run/reboot-required ] && sudo reboot -f
Step 1: Install PHP and Extensions
Add PHP Ondřej Surý PPA repository on Ubuntu 22.04/20.04/18.04:
sudo apt update sudo apt install lsb-release ca-certificates apt-transport-https software-properties-common -y sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
Start by installing PHP and required extensions on your Ubuntu server
sudo apt install php7.4 sudo apt install php7.4-bcmath,xml,fpm,mysql,zip,intl,ldap,gd,cli,bz2,curl,mbstring,pgsql,opcache,soap,cgi
Confirm PHP version installed:
$ php --version PHP 7.4.29 (cli) (built: Apr 21 2022 10:16:36) ( NTS ) Copyright (c) The PHP Group Zend Engine v3.4.0, Copyright (c) Zend Technologies with Zend OPcache v7.4.29, Copyright (c), by Zend Technologies
Step 2: Install MariaDB Database server
We’ll use MariaDB to store Akaunting data, install it by running the commands below:
sudo apt install mariadb-server mariadb-client
Once MariaDB is installed and running, create a database and user for Akaunting.
$ sudo mysql -u root -p CREATE DATABASE akaunting; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON akaunting.* TO 'akaunting'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'StrongPassword'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; \q
Step 3: Download Akaunting software on Ubuntu
Download Akaunting to your local machine using the
sudo apt install unzip wget curl -y VER=$(curl -s https://api.github.com/repos/akaunting/akaunting/releases/latest|grep tag_name|cut -d '"' -f 4) wget https://github.com/akaunting/akaunting/releases/download/$VER/Akaunting_$VER-Stable.zip
Extract the file and move the folder to /var/www directory.
unzip Akaunting_$VER-Stable.zip -d akaunting sudo mv akaunting /var/www/
Step 4: Install Nginx and initialize Akaunting
The last step is the installation of Nginx and UI configuration of Akaunting software.
sudo apt remove apache2 sudo apt install nginx
/var/www/akaunting directory permission to
www-data user and group
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/akaunting
Create new Nginx VirtualHost
sudo vim /etc/nginx/conf.d/akaunting.conf
Add and modify the contents below while modifying your domain name akaunting.example.com.
server listen 80; server_name akaunting.example.com; access_log /var/log/nginx/akaunting_access.log; error_log /var/log/nginx/akaunting_error.log; root /var/www/akaunting; index index.php index.html; location / try_files $uri /index.php; location ~ \.php$ try_files $uri =404; fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+.php)(/.*)$; fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php-fpm.sock; fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name; fastcgi_index index.php; include fastcgi_params; location ~ /\. return 404; location ~ (?:composer.json
Verify that our configuration file is loadable
$ sudo nginx -t nginx: the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful
Restart nginx and
sudo systemctl restart nginx php7.4-fpm.service
When done, launch the installer on
Select your preferred language
- Hostname: localhost
- Database: akaunting
- Username: akaunting
- Password: StrongPassword
Wait for verification then continue to set admin account and company name
When done, you should get ad admin login page
Login with the set user email and password. If all goes well, you should be greeted with an admin management portal like below.
That’s all. Start exploring Akaunting open-source online accounting software. For further reading, check the Official documentation.