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How to Install ERPNext Version 15 in Ubuntu 24.04 – A step by Step Guide

by karani

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on installing ERPNext Version 15 on Ubuntu 24.04. ERPNext is a powerful, open-source ERP system that streamlines business processes from inventory management to accounting. Whether you’re new to ERPNext or you have worked with it for years, this step-by-step tutorial will walk you through the installation process, ensuring you have everything set up correctly on your Ubuntu 24.04 system. Let’s dive in and get ERPNext up and running efficiently!


The below prerequisites are advised in order to get an optimal functionality of ERPNext on your server.

Software Requirements

  • Updated Ubuntu 24.04
  • A user with sudo privileges
  • Python 3.11+
  • pip 20+
  • MariaDB 10.3.x
  • Node.js 18
  • yarn 1.12+

Hardware Requirements

  • 4GB RAM
  • 40GB Hard Disk

Server Settings

Update and Upgrade Packages

sudo apt-get update -y
sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Create a new user – (bench user)

In Linux, the root user processes escalated privileges to perform any tasks within the system. This is why it is not advisable to use this user on a daily basis. We will create a user that we can use, and this will be the user we will also use as the Frappe Bench User.

sudo adduser [frappe-user]
usermod -aG sudo [frappe-user]
su [frappe-user] 
cd /home/[frappe-user]

Ensure you have replaced [frappe-user] with your username. eg. sudo adduser frappe

Install Required Packages

A software like ERPNext, which is built on Frappe Framework, requires a number of packages in order to run smoothly. These are the packages we will be installing in this step.

Install GIT

sudo apt-get install git -y

Install Python Dependencies

Installing ERPNext version 15 on Ubuntu 24.04 requires Python version 3.11+. This is what we will install in this step.

sudo apt-get install python3-dev -y
setuptools and pip
sudo apt-get install python3-setuptools python3-pip -y
sudo apt install python3.12-venv -y

Install MariaDB

ERPNext is built to naively run on MariaDB. Lets go ahead and set that up now.

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common -y
sudo apt install mariadb-server -y
sudo mysql_secure_installation
  • When you run this command, the server will show the following prompts. Please follow the steps as shown below to complete the setup correctly.
  • Enter current password for root: (Enter your SSH root user password)
  • Switch to unix_socket authentication [Y/n]: Y
  • Change the root password? [Y/n]: Y
    It will ask you to set new MySQL root password at this step. This can be different from the SSH root user password.
  • Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y
  • Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: N
    This is set as N because we might want to access the database from a remote server for using business analytics software like Metabase / PowerBI / Tableau, etc.
  • Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]: Y
  • Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]: Y
Edit MYSQL default config file
sudo nano /etc/mysql/my.cnf

Add the following block of code to the end of the file, exactly as is:

character-set-client-handshake = FALSE
character-set-server = utf8mb4
collation-server = utf8mb4_unicode_ci

default-character-set = utf8mb4
Restart the MYSQL Server
sudo service mysql restart

Install Redis Server

sudo apt-get install redis-server -y

Instal CURL, Node, NPM and Yarn

Install CURL
sudo apt install curl
Install Node
curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/master/install.sh | bash

source ~/.profile

nvm install 18
Install NPM
sudo apt-get install npm -y
Install Yarn
sudo npm install -g yarn -y

Install wkhtmltopdf

sudo apt-get install xvfb libfontconfig wkhtmltopdf -y

Install Frappe Bench

In this step, we need to supply the – H and –break-system-packages flags. The flags do the following:

  • -H: Sets the HOME environment variable to the home directory of the target user. This ensures that the package installation happens in the correct directory and avoids permission issues.
  • --break-system-packages: Overrides the default behavior of pip to avoid breaking system packages. This flag is used to indicate that you are aware that this installation might cause conflicts with the system package manager, but you want to proceed anyway.
sudo -H pip3 install frappe-bench --break-system-packages

Install ansible

sudo -H pip3 install ansible --break-system-packages

Initialize Frappe Bench

bench init frappe-bench --frappe-branch version-15

Switch directories into the Frappe Bench directory

cd frappe-bench

Change user directory permissions

This will give the bench user execution permission to the home directory.

chmod -R o+rx /home/[frappe-user]

Create a New Site

A site is a requirement in ERPNext, Frappe and all the other apps we will be needing to install. We will create the site in this step.

bench new-site [site-name]

Install ERPNext and other Apps

Download all the apps we want to install

The first app we will download is the payments app. This app is required when setting up ERPNext.

bench get-app payments

Next, we will download ERPNext app

bench get-app --branch version-15 erpnext

Download any other app you may be interested in in a similar manner. For instance, if you need the Human Resource app to be installed, use the following command.

bench get-app hrms

Install all the apps on our site

bench --site [site-name] install-app erpnext

Install all the other apps you downloaded in the same way. For example, if you downloaded the human resource app, use the below command to install it.

bench --site [site-name] install-app hrms

We have successfully setup ERPNext version 15 on ubuntu 24.04. You can start the server by running the below command:

bench start

If you didn’t have any other ERPNext instance running on the same server, ERPNext will get started on port 8000. If you visit [YOUR SERVER IP:8000], you should be able to see ERPNext version 15 running.

Please note that instances which are running on develop mode, like the one we just setup, will not get started when you restart your server. You will need to run the bench start command every time the server restarts.

In the below steps, we will learn how to deploy the production mode.

Setting ERPNext for Production

Enable Scheduler

bench --site [site-name] enable-scheduler

Disable maintenance mode

bench --site [site-name] set-maintenance-mode off

Setup production config

sudo bench setup production [frappe-user]

Setup NGINX to apply the changes

bench setup nginx

Restart Supervisor and Launch Production Mode

sudo supervisorctl restart all
sudo bench setup production [frappe-user]

If you are prompted to save the new/existing config file, respond with a Y.

When this completes doing the settings, your instance is now on production mode and can be accessed using your IP, without needing to use the port.

This also will mean that your instance will start automatically even in the event you restart the server.

If you would like to install an SSL certificate on your site, use this tutorial to do that.

All the best! 🙂

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