How to Install BoltWire on Ubuntu 18.04

Updated on December 21, 2018
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BoltWire is a free and lightweight content management system written in PHP. Compared to most other Content Management Systems, the installation of BoltWire is easy and straightforward. This article will go over the prerequisites of BoltWire and the installation procedure on Ubuntu 18.04.


  • A Fresh Vultr VPS running Ubuntu 18.04
  • Root SSH access or any user with sudo privileges.



If you are logged in as a user other than root on your Vultr server, run sudo -i or su - to obtain a temporary root shell before starting the installation.

First, before installing BoltWire, the VPS must have a web server installed and ready to use. This article will use Apache2.

Install Apache, PHP, their dependencies and other required packages:

apt install -y apache2 apache2-bin apache2-data apache2-utils libapr1 libaprutil1 libaprutil1-dbd-sqlite3 php libapache2-mod-php7.2 libsodium23 php-common php7.2 php7.2-cli php7.2-common php7.2-json php7.2-opcache php7.2-readline wget unzip

Make sure Apache is started and enabled:

systemctl enable apache2; systemctl start apache2

Open a web browser and navigate to http://YOUR_VPS_IP. You will see the "Apache2 Ubuntu Default Page".

BoltWire Installation:

From your local machine, go to the offical BoltWire Download Page, click the "Download" button and copy the direct download link, then download it in your web root using wget:

cd /var/www/html/; wget

Now, unzip the downloaded zip file:


You should see a newly created directory boltwire. You can now delete the zip file:


In order for the web application to work properly, we need to give Apache ownership of these files:

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

On your local machine, go to http://YOUR_VPS_IP/boltwire/start.php.

You will be asked to enter a password. Choose a password complex enough to adhere to the best security practices. Then press Enter.

On the second page, site creation begins. You will have to enter the password you chose on the previous page, choose a site name, along with other options. You should set "Yes" for the "Encryption" option, otherwise passwords will be stored insecurely.

Click on "Create Site"

Your first BoltWire site is now live. You can access it at http://YOUR_VPS_IP/site_name/index.php. Replace site_name with the site name you chose earlier. After logging in, you'll be able to manage and modify your newly created site.