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How to Install EspoCRM on Cloud9 IDE

EspoCRM is a free and open source CRM (customers relationship management) web application that allows its user to have an insight into the company’s relationships, deals, leads and many other aspects of their business, if you want to try installing EspoCRM then this post is for you.

This post will present a step by step guide on how to install EspoCRM for free on Cloud9 for development purposes, please note that it’s not advisable to install a Production version of EspoCRM 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 “create a new workspace” tab.

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Step Two

You’ll be directed to a new window where you should configure 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 clone the latest release of EspoCRM using “wget”, at the time of writing this post the command should be as follow;

wget https://www.espocrm.com/downloads/EspoCRM-4.4.1.zip

Step Four

After the download is complete, we’ve to unzip the downloaded file using the following command;

unzip Es*

Step Five

Now you need to move all of the content of the unzipped folder to the main directory, in my case move the content from “EspoCRM” to “trial”.

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Step Six

After the unzip is complete just click on the “Run Project” arrow, then click on “Preview”, the installation window will appear in a browser-like window on the side of your screen.

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Step Seven

In the first step of the installationwizardyou’ll select the language, then hit the ‘Next” tab.

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Step Eight

In the next step, there’s the license of agreement, tick the “I’ve read the agreement” box then  hit the “Next” tab.

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Step Nine

In the following step, you should enter the database credentials, use the ones in the screenshot below; Database Server “”, Login “root”, Database Name “c9”.

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Step Ten

In the following step, the installation will check for the installation pre-requisites, you might see some errors, just ignore them for this test installation and hit the “install” tab.

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Step Eleven

In the following step, you should create your admin username and password, then hit the “Next” tab.

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Step Twelve

In the following step, you should select your time-zone, date format, etc., then hit the “Next” tab.

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Step Thirteen

In this step, you’ll setup your email for the sake of this test installation we’ll skip this step and hit the “Next” tab. It’s worth noting that we’ve covered setting up email servers before in small business tech articles.

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Step Fourteen

In the final step, the installation will complete and you’ll find a “Go to EspoCRM” tab at the bottom of the page.

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Step Fifteen

You’ll then be directed to the admin login page, enter the username and password you’ve created in step eleven.

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Finally, you’ll be directed to your portal.

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Congratulations, now you have a fully functional installation of EspoCRM on Cloud9, as it’s been advised above this installation should be for development purposes only and not for production.

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