setup bugzilla on centos 7

The following steps can be used to install Bugzilla on CentOS 7. It is assumed you have a CentOS 7 system installed, updated (sudo yum update) and running.


  • System with CentOS 7 Installed


A series of non-base packages are required; so install the EPEL package:

$ sudo yum -y install epel-release

Install, configure and start Apache:

$ sudo yum -y install httpd mod_perl mod_ssl

$ sudo systemctl enable httpd
$ sudo systemctl start httpd

$ sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=http
$ sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=https
$ sudo firewall-cmd --reload

If desired, check if you have access to your HTTP server. Note that the mod_ssl package and HTTPS firewall exception is not required, but will prepare your system to support secure Bugzilla access.

Install, configure and start SQL server:

$ sudo yum -y install mariadb-server

 (add `max_allowed_packet` option for larger Bugzilla attachments)
$ sudo vi /etc/my.cnf

$ sudo systemctl start mariadb
$ sudo systemctl enable mariadb

 (configure your root-level password)
$ mysql -u root
    MariaDB [(none)]> SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('myrootpw');
    MariaDB [(none)]> \q

 (prepare Bugzilla's user and database)
$ mysql -u root -p
    MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE bugs;
    MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL ON bugs.* to bugs@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'mydbpw';
    MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Install Bugzilla – we’ll be using Git to acquire Bugzilla sources for easy maintenance:

$ sudo yum -y install git

 (add user to apache group and re-login)
$ sudo usermod -a -G apache `id -u -n`
$ exec su -l `id -u -n`

 (prepare Bugzilla site)
$ cd /var/www/html/
$ sudo mkdir bugzilla
$ sudo chown apache:apache bugzilla
$ sudo chmod -R 2774 bugzilla
$ cd bugzilla/

 (checkout desired Bugzilla release)
$ git init
$ git remote add origin
$ git fetch origin
$ git checkout release-5.0-stable

Install Bugzilla modules – while Bugzilla can use Perl modules from the distribution, the tool will require some modules to be manually built/installed. We’ll install a required compiler and stock Perl modules, then use additional configuration/scripts to install/validate missing modules:

$ sudo yum -y install gcc perl*
$ /usr/bin/perl --all
$ ./

Configure Bugzilla’s database password (and any additional options, if desired):

$ vi localconfig
    $db_pass = 'mydbpw';

Complete the Bugzilla setup:

$ ./

Configure Bugzilla in Apache:

$ sudo vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/bugzilla.conf
 <VirtualHost *:80>
     DocumentRoot /var/www/html/bugzilla/

 <Directory /var/www/html/bugzilla>
     AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
     Options +ExecCGI +Indexes
     DirectoryIndex index.cgi
     AllowOverride Authconfig FileInfo Indexes Limit Options

$ sudo systemctl restart httpd

Configure SELinux for Bugzilla usage:

$ sudo yum -y install policycoreutils-python

$ sudo semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_script_exec_t '/var/www/html/bugzilla(/.*)?/.*\.cgi'
$ sudo semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t '/var/www/html/bugzilla/data(/.*)?'
$ sudo restorecon -Rv /var/www/html/bugzilla/
$ sudo setsebool -P httpd_enable_cgi 1

 (if you want to allow Bugzilla to check for updates)
$ sudo setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect 1

 (if you want to use memcache)
$ sudo setsebool -P httpd_can_network_memcache 1

Install and configure memcached (if desired):

$ sudo yum -y install memcached
$ sudo systemctl start memcached
$ sudo systemctl enable memcached

Browse to your Bugzilla instance using your preferred browser. Login using your initial Administrator account (using the E-mail and password provided during the invoke). Ensure the (at least) following configuration options are configure to the follow or desired values:

Required Settings
        <adjust to your URL base>
        <adjust to your URI porition of your base>