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Joomla! 4 (Alpha 12) Trial On OpenBSD

Heddi Nabbisen
An ICT designer/developer and a security monk with "a cool brain and a warm heart". OpenBSD/Rust etc. Interested in social issues and relationships. Founder of Scqr Inc.
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Joomla! is one of open source CMS softwares such as WordPress and Drupal.
This post shows the installation steps I followed to try its Alpha 12 on OpenBSD. It was released on Oct. 18, 2019. Wow, far off๐Ÿ˜… It is perhaps around then that I did it. The latest of its v4 today is Beta 7.


  • OS: OpenBSD 6.6
  • Database: MariaDB 10.3
  • CMS: Joomla! Alpha 12
  • Web: OpenBSD httpd

Installation steps

Database: MariaDB

Connect to database server with mysql command-line client.

-- create
CREATE DATABASE <database> \
    CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 \
    COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci;
-- grant privileges
    ON <database>.* \
    TO <dbuser>@'localhost' \
    IDENTIFIED BY '<dbpassword>';
-- flush
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CMS: Joomla!

Get it.

$ ftp
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Make a directory named joomla4 and place Joomla! files in it.

$ mkdir joomla4
$ tar xjf Joomla_4*.tar.bz2 -C ./joomla4
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Besides, if the downloaded is a tar.gz file, of cource, tar flags are xzf. j is for .bz2 aka bzip2 and z is for .gz aka gzip.

Add permission to www aka OpenBSD httpd user.

$ doas chown -R www:www joomla4
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Web: OpenBSD httpd

<fqdn> is up to environment.

server "<fqdn>" {
        listen on $ext_addr port 80
        block return 301 "https://$SERVER_NAME$REQUEST_URI"
server "<fqdn>" {
        listen on $ext_addr tls port 443
        tls {    
                certificate     "/etc/letsencrypt/live/<fqdn>/fullchain.pem"
                key             "/etc/letsencrypt/live/<fqdn>/privkey.pem"
        log {
                access  "<fqdn>-access.log"
                error   "<fqdn>-error.log"

        # up to directory structure under `/var/www` or another `chroot` path:
        root "<chroot-parent-dir>/joomla4"
        directory index index.php

        location "/*.php" { 
                fastcgi socket "/run/php-fpm.sock"
        location "/*.php[/?]*" { 
                fastcgi socket "/run/php-fpm.sock"
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Here, I used Let's Encrypt certificate from Certbot client in order to access through https. There are several options.

Web installer

Access with a web browser to https:// or some url.

The Installation processes are like these.

Site configuration:

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Login information:

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Database configuration:

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When the installation is completed, confirmation on removing installation directory is shown for the sake of security. I did it.

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The landing page is like this by default whose template is Cassiopeia.

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The administrator panel is available.

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Here are the administrator menus.

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Well, it's familiar with mobile view thanks to their working with Bootstrap 4.
For example, the menus are toggled in mobile view.

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