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How to Install HumHub on Cloud9 IDE


HumHub is a free and open source social network and intranet application,   you can use it at work to manage your team and your company’s activities. We’ve used Koding in previous posts to try out new web applications, unfortunately, Koding no longer provides the free limited VMs they used to provide for development purposes, so if you’re like me and you’re seeking an alternative then look no further as Cloud9 is here for the rescue.

This post will present a step by step guide on how to install HumHub for free on Cloud9 for development purposes, please note that it’s not advisable to install a Production version of HumHub on Cloud9 as the free tier isn’t designed for that intended purpose. Now, and without further ado let’s dive into the tutorial.


First, you’ll need to sign-up for the free version of Cloud9.

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Step One

After signing up and confirming your email, you’ll be directed to your dashboard, just click on the “add workspace” plus sign.

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Step Two

You’ll be directed to a new window where you should set up your workspace, select the PHP option and then create the workspace.

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Step Three

You’ll then be directed to your workspace, in the terminal just download the latest release of HumHub using “wget”, at the time of writing this post the command should be as follow;

Wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/humhub/files/humhub-1.0.1.zip/download

Step Four

After the download is complete, just unzip the downloaded folder using the following command;

unzip download

Step Five

Move the content of the unzipped folder to your root directory, by simply dragging and dropping them using the Workspace side menu (i.e in the screenshot below, moving the files from HumHub folder to trial).

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Step Six

Now, just click on the “Run Project” arrow, then click on the “Preview”, the installation window will appear in a browser like a side-window.

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Step Seven

In the first installation window, just select the language and hit the “Next” tab.

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Step Eight

The installation will check the installation requirements, just click the “Next” tab.

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Step Nine

In this step you should enter the database credentials, use the one in the screenshot below; Host Name “”, username “root”, database name “c9”.

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Step Ten

In the following step, you should create your hub’s name and then click on the “Next” tab.

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Step Eleven

In the current step, you should select how you’ll use HumHub and then click on the “Next” tab.

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Step Twelve

In the current step, you should select a  security setting (you should select what’s convenient for you) for HumHub and then click on the “Next” tab.

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Step Thirteen

In the current step, you should select the modules that you want to be installed with your HumHub and then click on the “Next” tab.

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Step Fourteen

In the current step, you should create your admin credentials for HumHub and then click on the “Next” tab.

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Step Fifteen

Now, you should include example content for your HumHub installation and then click on the “Next” tab.

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Step Sixteen

Now, you should see the congratulations message and then you should be able to enter your HumHub installation using the credentials you have created in step 14.

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Congratulations, now you have a fully functional installation of HumHub on Cloud9. But, remember this installation should be for development purposes only and not for production.