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How to Install SimpleInvoices on Cloud9 IDE


    Simple Invoices is a free and open source invoicing solution. If you’re interested in trying to install Simple Invoice on a test server (know the dependencies, errors, etc.) before installing a production version on your own server then you’re in the right spot.

    This post will present a step by step guide on how to install Simple Invoices for free on Cloud9 for development purposes, please note that it’s not advisable to install a production version of the web application 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.

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    Step Three

    First, download Simple Invoices using the following command;

    wget https://bitbucket.org/simpleinvoices/simpleinvoices/downloads/simpleinvoices.2011.1.zip

    Step Four

    Second, unzip the downloaded package using the following command;

    unzip simple*

    Step Five

    Now move the unziped folder content to the main directory in this case move the files and folders in “simpleinvoices” to “trial”;

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    Step Six

    On the side-menu locate the file entitled config.ini file by changing the database name to “c9” as seen below.


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    Step Seven

    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 Eight

    In the first step of the installation process click on the “Install Essential Data” tab.

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    Step Nine

    In the second and last step click on the “Install Sample Data” tab.

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    Step Ten

    You’ll then be directed to your portal.

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