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Mautic 5 Installation Tutorial: Ubuntu 22.04, PHP 8.1, MariaDB 11

Mautic 5 setup

5 Simple Steps to Install Mautic 5

  1. Install the packages required to run Mautic 5.
  2. Install Mautic 5.0.4
  3. Run the Mautic 5 configuration wizard.
  4. Install the Mautic 5 Cron Jobs.
  5. Enjoy your first Mautic 5 installation!

With a major code refactoring, a new Symfony 6 under the hood and an intensive fat reduction treatment, Mautic 5 is as lean and mean as it gets.
This is an early release and, in my opinion, not yet ready for production, but the promise of a new level of stability and performance makes it very enticing to install Mautic 5 and give it a spin (surprise, surprise, it is faster and feels more streamlined).

But wait, there’s more! With PHP 8.1 support and MariaDB 11, your code will run faster than ever and your database will self optimize better than ever before.
So here’s, as always, the best possible specs for your new Mautic 5 installation! Start your Mautic 5 venture with the right foot!

Should I install Mautic 4 when Mautic 5 is already available?
Don’t get fooled by the new and sparkly Mautic 5, it is too soon to use it, in production go for the stable and reliable Mautic 4 instead, because it is:
– Well tested, very stable, no bugs.
– Existing bugs in M4 are known and already fixed in Mautic 4.4.11.
– Uses older, stabler versions of the entire stack (Ubuntu, MariaDB, PHP, etc…)
– Stack will not vary over time as it is very mature.

All that said, let’s install Mautic 5!

Updated on May, 23 Mautic 5.0.4 and for new MySQL command

Pre-requisites for installing Mautic 5

  • A server or VPS connected to the internet
  • A public IP and a domain or sub-domain
  • SSH access to your server or VPS

If you are new to Mautic or to the Linux command line, this installation tutorial was made specifically for you, it’s the simplest way to get started as I carefully designed it to have the fewer amount of commands possible so it’s easier to understand and the probability of anything going sideways is minimal.

It’s designed to give you a quick success using the command line so you can have an easy victory and gain the confidence to later advance towards more complex, more secure, and better-optimized setups.

What all this means is very reduced chanced of hitting a bug or compatibility issue with this setup.
If you do hit a bug, it will most probably be already well known and resolved and the solution is out there.

Step 1: Install the packages required to run Mautic 5.

Let’s get started installing Mautic 5 on our VPS, first log in to the VPS… gain sudo privileges so you have the rights to issue all the commands:

sudo su

Now make sure your server is up-to-date by updating Ubuntu.

apt update && apt upgrade -y

Install all the required packages (applications) that are needed to run Mautic.

First, we will add the ondrej/php repository, because we want to use updated versions of the packages.
We will also add the repository for the newer MariaDB release.

apt install software-properties-common
add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/apache2
curl -LsS | sudo bash -s -- --mariadb-server-version=11.2
apt update && apt upgrade -y

Now we are ready to install all the required packages:

apt install apache2 mariadb-server libapache2-mod-php8.1 php8.1 php8.1-{xml,mysql,imap,zip,intl,curl,gd,mbstring,bcmath} -y

Activate any Apache modules that are not active by default after installation, and we also enable the newly installed PHP 8.0
a2enmod php8.1
a2enmod rewrite

Configure Apache:

cp 000-default.txt /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf
rm 000-default.txt

Create a database for Mautic.
/usr/bin/mariadb -u root -p

This command will connect you to your database, the only difference you will notice is that the text before your command prompt will change to “MariaDB [(none)]>”

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE mautic DEFAULT CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL ON mautic.* TO 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
MariaDB [(none)]> EXIT;

After the “EXIT;” command, you will return to the normal cli/bash mode…

Step 2: Install Mautic 5.0.4

cd /var/www/html

Make sure Apache and Mautic, have ownership and write access to the files.

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html
chmod -R 775 /var/www/html

Almost done, let’s reload Apache configuration to apply our changes.

service apache2 reload

OK, so your new Mautic 5.0 Installation is now completed, now you just need to run the Installation Wizard:

Step 3: Run the Mautic 5 Configuration Wizard.

Mautic 5 is now ready to be configured, you just need to use a browser, like Chrome or Firefox, and navigate to the IP of your server, preceded with http://

 Here’s an excerpt of your configuration for the Mautic Installation Wizard

  • Database driver: MySQL PDO
  • Database Host: localhost
  • Database port: 3306
  • DB name: mautic
  • Database Table Prefix: Leave empty
  • DB User: root
  • DB Password: password
  • Backup existing tables: No

If you need help with the wizard steps, check this other post with very detailed step by step instructions for each of the screens: Mautic Installation: The Configuration Wizard

Step 4: Install the Mautic 5 Cron Jobs.

Mautic is now already installed and you can navigate to all the sections and explore, but if you want working segments and campaigns you will also need to install the Mautic cron jobs.


crontab cron-jobs.txt

If you want to know more about Mautic 5 cron jobs, you can check these other posts:

Mautic cron jobs for dummies & marketers.
Mautic Cron Jobs: Which Ones to Use.

If you were successful installing Mautic please write Yes! or Successful! in the comments below.

Got any questions? Got stuck on one of the steps? Anything not working as described in the tutorial? Go ahead and ask in the comments here below!!

And if you want to further advance and improve your Mautic Installation, check this other, more advanced, Mautic Installation guide:
Secure Mautic Installation on a VPS.

Yosu Cadilla

My name is Yosu Cadilla, a Systems Administrator since year 2000. I discovered Mautic on 2017 and since,
I’ve specialized in running Mautic for Marketing agencies and other large Mautic deployments.
Currently, I run a very specialized and fine-tuned cluster of Mautic-optimized servers called m.Runtime.

If you are planning on deploying Mautic on a large scale, let’s have a chat!

Thank you for reading this article, I hope you found it useful. If you have questions or comments, share them on the comments section below. I do my best to reply to every single comment.