Install latest version of Roundcube (Webmail) on CentOS 7

Roundcube is a web browser based mail client & also known as webmail. It provides a GUI ( Graphical User Interface ) where end users can check their mails, can create & manage folders, can use address book to search email ids and lot of other webmail features.

To install roundcube on CentOS 7 followings are the prerequisite that should be installed.

  • PHP
  • Database ( MariaDB or MySQL )
  • Web Server ( Apache )
  • Any MTA – Postfix , Sendmail & Qmail

In My Case i have already installed Postfix with dovecot on CentOS 7 with

  • Domain name =
  • Hostname =

Follow below Steps to install & configure latest versions of Roundcube :

Step:1 Install PHP , Database & Apache using below command :

[root@tec ~]# yum install httpd php php-common php-json php-xml php-mbstring php-imap php-pear-DB php-mysql mysql mariadb-server

Once the above package list is installed , set the time zone value in PHP .

root@tec ~]# vi /etc/php.ini
date.timezone = Asia/Kolkata

Save & exit the file

Step:2 Create & Configure Roundcube Database

Let us first set the Initial settings & root password of Mariadb Server :

[root@tec ~]# systemctl start mariadb
[root@tec ~]# systemctl enable mariadb
ln -s '/usr/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service' '/etc/systemd/system/'
[root@tec ~]#
[root@tec ~]# mysql_secure_installation

Above Command “mysql_secure_installation” will allow us to set root password , remove anonymous users , disable remote root login and will remove test database.

Now Create database for Roundube and grant all the permissions to the database


Step:3 Download tar file of Roundcube

Download latest version of Roundcube tar file either from their official site “” or we can use below wget command.

[root@tec ~]# wget

Untar the downloaded file in your web server document root.

[root@tec ~]# tar -zxpvf roundcubemail-1.1.3-complete.tar.gz -C /var/www/html/

Rename the extracted file as Roundcube and set the required permissions

[root@tec html]# mv roundcubemail-1.1.3 roundcube
[root@tec html]# chown apache:apache roundcube
[root@tec html]#

Start the Apache service

[root@tec html]# systemctl start httpd
[root@tec html]# systemctl enable httpd
ln -s '/usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service' '/etc/systemd/system/'
[root@tec html]#

Step:4 Start Roundcube installation using web browser installer.

To start the installation of Rouncube , access the below url in the web browser


click on Next…

Define the Database, Authentication Mechanism, SMTP & IMAP setting in this step. When We click on Create Config option it will ask us to Copy or download the configuration and save it as within the /var/www/html/roundcube/config/ directory of your Roundcube installation.

In my case i am using http based authentication mechanism , so i create one user on my Linux box and set its password using htpasswd command .

[root@tec ~]# htpasswd -c /home/linuxtechi/.htpasswd linuxtechi
New password:
Re-type new password:
Adding password for user linuxtechi
[root@tec ~]#



Remove the installer directory from your web server document root ( /var/www/html/roundcube )

[root@tec ~]# cd /var/www/html/roundcube/
[root@tec roundcube]# rm -rf installer
[root@tec roundcube]#

Step:5 Now access your account using Roundcube

Open the url in the browser “” , use the credentials that we set using htpasswd command.



Roundcube installation is completed, Now explore it and enjoy.

3 Responses

  1. Scott Dowdle says:

    Roundcube 1.1.3 is already included in EPEL so why not just install it from there? That makes it much easier manage updates as they are released.

  2. raaz says:

    Unable to connect to the database!
    Please contact your server-administrator.

  3. vincente says:

    CONFIGURATION ERROR was not found.
    Please read the INSTALL instructions!

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