Web server installation

Using Apache web server

Install requirements on RedHat / Centos / Fedora

Install Apache web server on rpm based Linux distribution like Red Hat, Centos, Fedora, SUSE Linux, Scientific Linux, etc.

$ sudo yum install httpd
$ sudo chkconfig httpd on
$ sudo service httpd start

Install PHP and PHP modules for the database you’ve installed for Bacula

MySql Bacula catalog

$ sudo yum install php php-gettext php-mysql php-pdo

postgreSQL Bacula catalog

$ sudo yum install php php-gettext php-pgsql php-pdo

SQLite database support

$ sudo yum install php php-gettext php-pdo

Change SQLite database file permissions

Assuming that the bacula database file is located under /var/spool/bacula

# chmod -v 755 /var/spool/bacula
# chmod -v 704 /var/spool/bacula/bacula.db


RedHat / Centos 6 users might need to install php-posix or php-process packages

Install requirements on Gentoo

Modify portage configuration

# File: /etc/portage/package.use

dev-lang/php mysql apache2 truetype cli pcre xml zlib

# postgreSQL
dev-lang/php postgres apache2 truetype cli pcre xml zlib

# SQLite
dev-lang/php sqlite apache2 truetype cli pcre xml zlib

Install Apache and PHP

$ sudo emerge -v php

Enable Apache to the default runlevel

# rc-update add apache2 default

Then restart Apache

# /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Install requirements on Debian / Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Install Apache and PHP

$ sudo apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7-sqlite

With MySQL support

$ sudo apt-get install php7.0-mysql

With postgreSQL support

$ sudo apt-get install php7.0-pgsql


On older Debian or Ubuntu versions, you need to use PHP 5

$ sudo apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-sqlite

Install requirements on FreeBSD

You can start with a fresh FreeBSD 9.0 installation, with ports from original CD media, not updated to keep as simple as possible.

Modify /etc/make.conf (might not exist yet)

# vim /etc/make.conf

This is done to keep the graphics/php-gd port from installing extra stuff for X, not having it will not stop anything from working.

Install required ports

Here’s below a list of FreeBSD ports you need to install

  • databases/postgresql91-server
  • sysutils/bacula-client
  • www/apache22
  • lang/php5
  • www/php5-session
  • devel/php5-gettext
With PostgreSQL bacula catalog
  • databases/php5-pdo_pgsql
  • databases/php5-pgsql
With MySQL bacula catalog
  • databases/php5-mysql
  • databases/php5-pdo_mysql
With SQLite bacula catalog
  • databases/php5-sqlite
  • databases/php5-pdo_sqlite


A big thanks to Dean E. Weimer who provided me Bacula-Web installation instructions for *BSD setup