How to Install SuiteCRM 8 Walkthrough Tutorial

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Suitecrm 8 installation guide

Recommended Hosting Environment for SuiteCRM 8

I have the best luck installing SuiteCRM 8 on a WHM/Cpanel hosting environment. I have installed it on shared hosting environments with decent results, but really recommend installing it on a VPS host.


Some things not covered in this tutorial, but should be done before proceeding with this tutorial:

•Setup Domain/Subdomain to put it.

•Setup SSL for the domain/subdomain

•Setup a Database for the installation

•Setup a Database user with all privileges

•Check Recommended PHP Extensions

•Set PHP Resource Settings

Recommended PHP Modules

  • PHP
  • JSON
  • XML Parsing
  • MB Strings Module
  • Writable SugarCRM Configuration File (config.php)
  • Writeable Custom Directory
  • Writable Modules Sub-Directories and Files
  • Writable Upload Directory
  • Writable Data Sub-Directories
  • Writable Cache Sub-Directories
  • PHP Memory Limit (at least 128M)
  • ZLIB Compression Module
  • ZIP Handling Module
  • PCRE Library
  • IMAP Module
  • cURL Module
  • Upload File Size
  • Sprite Support
  • iconv is need to run lucene index
  • fileinfo
  • mbstring
  • SOAP

You should always check the SuiteCRM website for the most current list.


1.Copy the files to your webserver root or subdomain ie: var/www/html…subdomain, etc.

2.Set File Permissions

3.Run the installer

4.Setup DB connection

5.Force SSL

6.Edit Config File

7.Re-Set File Permissions Setup Cron Jobs

File Permissions

find . -type d -not -perm 2755 -exec chmod 2755 {} \;
find . -type f -not -perm 0644 -exec chmod 0644 {} \;
find . ! -user www-data -exec chown www-data:www-data {} \;

Note: www-data is the user SuiteCRM runs as. Generally, your account name in a shared hosting environment. If you are unsure you can contact your host. It may be like “apache” or something else.

Setting Up Cron Jobs for SuiteCRM 8

Set up Cron Jobs

In order for workflows and indexing to work you need to set up CRON Jobs on your server. 

On SuiteCRM 8 you will need to setup the allowed cron users:

'allowed_cron_users' => 
    array (
      0 => 'your_user_here',

The user, as covered in the video is the user SuiteCRM is running as on your server.

The cron script is different in SuiteCRM 8 you need the absolute path on the server to the file:

/usr/local/bin/php /home/ACCOUNTNAME/public_html/public/legacy/cron.php > /dev/null 2>&1

Note: your account name can be found in your file manager to get the full path to the cron script.
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