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 version of Roundcube :

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

[[email protected] ~]# 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 .

[email protected] ~]# 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 :

[[email protected] ~]# systemctl start mariadb
[[email protected] ~]# systemctl enable mariadb
ln -s '/usr/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service' '/etc/systemd/system/'
[[email protected] ~]#
[[email protected] ~]# 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.

[[email protected] ~]# wget

Untar the downloaded file in your web server document root.

[[email protected] ~]# tar -zxpvf roundcubemail-1.1.3-complete.tar.gz -C /var/www/html/

Rename the extracted file as Roundcube and set the required permissions

[[email protected] html]# mv roundcubemail-1.1.3 roundcube
[[email protected] html]# chown apache:apache roundcube
[[email protected] html]#

Start the Apache service

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

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




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

[[email protected] ~]# cd /var/www/html/roundcube/
[[email protected] roundcube]# rm -rf installer
[[email protected] 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.

12 thoughts on “Install latest version of Roundcube (Webmail) on CentOS 7”

  1. 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. How can i configure password plugin.

    I have completed the following configuration
    1) postfix
    2) mariadb
    3) dovecot
    4) roundcube

    Next i want to configure roundcube password plugin.
    Cloud please help me for that

    1. Yes, You can use Roundcube to send emails to gmail & yahoo etc but for that you need to configure MTA (Postfix & Sendmail) and update the MTA settings in your roundcube.

  3. Aneesh Manoharan

    i need to know how to initially login to roundcubemail i don’t know the username password, please help me to findout username and password

  4. Anyone seen this before??
    I already changed my owner and group ownerships to apache
    /var/www/html/roundcube/temp/: NOT OK(not writeable for the webserver)
    /var/www/html/roundcube/logs/: NOT OK(not writeable for the webserver)

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