How to Install Booked Scheduler on CentOS 7

Updated on December 28, 2017
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  • A Vultr CentOS 7 server instance.
  • A sudo user.

Step 1: Update the System

First, update your system server to the latest version.

sudo yum update -y

Once your system is up-to-date, restart the system and login with sudo user.

Step 2: Install LAMP

Before starting, you will need to install Apache, PHP, MySQL and other PHP libraries on your system.

You can install all of them with the following command.

sudo yum install httpd mariadb-server php php-mysql wget unzip -y

Once the installation is complete, start Apache and MariaDB and enable them to start at boot.

sudo systemctl start httpd
sudo systemctl enable httpd
sudo systemctl start mariadb
sudo systemctl enable mariadb

Step 3: Configure MariaDB

First, you will need to secure MariaDB. You can secure it by running the mysql_secure_installation script.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Answer all the questions as shown below.

Set root password? [Y/n] Y
New password: <STRONG_PASSWORD>
Re-enter new password: <STRONG_PASSWORD>
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y

When all is done, connect to the MySQL shell.

mysql -u root -p

Enter your password, then create a new database and user for Booked Scheduler.

MariaDB [(none)]>create database bookeddb;
MariaDB [(none)]>create user booked@localhost identified by 'password';
MariaDB [(none)]>grant all privileges on bookeddb.* to booked@localhost identified by 'password';
MariaDB [(none)]>flush privileges;
MariaDB [(none)]>exit;

Step 4: Install Booked Scheduler

You can download the latest version of the Booked Scheduler from the Sourceforge download page.


After downloading, extract the downloaded file.


Next, move the extracted directory to the apache web root directory.

sudo mv booked /var/www/html/

Next, change ownership of the booked directory to the www-data user and group.

sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/booked

Step 5: Configure Apache for Booked Scheduler

Next, you will need to create a new apache virtual host file for Booked Scheduler.

sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/booked.conf

Add the following lines.

<VirtualHost *:80>
  DocumentRoot /var/www/html/booked
<Directory /var/www/bookedscheduler>
  Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks +MultiViews
  AllowOverride All
  Require all granted
  ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/booked-error.log
  CustomLog /var/log/apache2/booked-access.log combined

Save and close the file when you are finished, then restart apache.

sudo systemctl restart httpd

Step 6: Configure Booked Scheduler

First, you will need to copy the sample configuration file.

cd /var/www/html/booked/config/
sudo cp config.dist.php config.php

Next, open config.php file and make some changes as per your requirements.

sudo nano config.php

Make the following changes.

$conf['settings']['default.timezone'] = 'Asia/Kolkata';
$conf['settings'][''] = '';         // email address of admin user
$conf['settings'][''] = 'John Smith';
$conf['settings']['script.url'] = '';
$conf['settings']['database']['type'] = 'mysql';
$conf['settings']['database']['user'] = 'booked';
$conf['settings']['database']['password'] = '';
$conf['settings']['database']['hostspec'] = '';
$conf['settings']['database']['name'] = 'bookeddb';

Save the file when you are finished.

Next, import the database schema and data.

cd /var/www/html/booked
mysql -u booked -p bookeddb < database_schema/create-schema.sql
mysql -u booked -p bookeddb < database_schema/create-data.sql

Step 7: Access Booked Scheduler

Once the Booked Scheduler is configured. Open your web browser and navigate to the URL You will be redirected to the Registration page:

Provide all of the details and click on the Register button. You will see the Booked Scheduler dashboard: