Install openSIS Student Information System on Debian/Ubuntu Linux 🌱

What is openSIS (Open Student Information System)

openSIS is a commercial grade, secure, scalable & intuitive Student Information System / School Management Software that just works. It is published by OS4ED, a full life cycle software development company headquartered in the USA. -


  1. Log into the Linux based device
  2. Run the following commands in the terminal
    # update software repositories
    sudo apt update
    # install available software updates
    sudo apt upgrade -y
    # install some dependencies
    sudo apt install git apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl -y
    # install Apache HTTPD and MySQL
    sudo apt install apache2 mariadb-server mariadb-client -y
    # install PHP components
    sudo apt install php7.3 libapache2-mod-php7.3 php7.3-common php7.3-mysql php7.3-ldap php7.3-json php7.3-curl php7.3-zip php7.3-xml php7.3-mbstring -y
    # configure the MySQL database
    sudo su
  3. Press Enter to login as root
  4. Type Y and press Enter to set a root password, type the password twice to confirm
  5. Type Y and press Enter to remove anonymous users
  6. Type Y and press Enter to disallow root login remotely
  7. Type Y and press Enter to remove the test database
  8. Type Y and press Enter to reload privilege tables
  9. Run the following command to login into MySQL:
    mysql -u root -p
  10. Authenticate with the root password set earlier
  11. Run the following commands to create the openSIS database and database user
    GRANT ALL ON openSIS.* TO 'openSIS_rw'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'Op3nS!S';
  12. Continue with the following commands to download and extract openSIS in the Apache webroot
    # clone from git
    sudo git clone /var/www/html/openSIS
    # cd into the new openSIS directory
    cd /var/www/html/openSIS
    # checkout the latest version
    sudo git checkout "$(git tag --sort=v:refname | tail -n1)"
    # set permissions on the openSIS directory
    sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/openSIS
    # edit mysql strict mode
    sudo nano /etc/mysql/conf.d/strict_mode.cnf
  13. Paste the following into strict_mode.cnf


  14. Press CTRL+O, Enter, CTRL+X to write the changes
  15. Continue with the following commands in the terminal
    # restart mariadb service
    sudo systemctl restart mariadb
  16. Open a web browser and navigate to http://DNSorIP/openSIS
  17. Click the New Installation option
  18. Click the Continue button
  19. Complete the MySQL connection form as follows

    Server: localhost
    Port: 3306
    MySQL Username: openSIS_rw
    MySQL Password: Op3nS!S

  20. Click the Save & Next button
  21. Enter the database name openSIS > Click the Save & Next button
  22. Wait while the database schema is built
  23. Complete the School Information form > Click the Save & Next button
  24. Complete the Site Admin Account form > Click the Save & Next button
  25. Click the Proceed to openSIS Login button
  26. Login using the admin account credentials created earlier
  27. Welcome to openSIS

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