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Hi everybody!


I would like to install prestashop on a low cost local server, namely a raspberry pi model B.


The idea behind this is to use it as fieldtest before going live on a virtual host.


I've been trying to install prestashop for several days but no luck so far :(


Basically it fails during the installation process at the last step, when creating tables in the database and populating them. Sometimes it fails at 24%, sometimes at 34%, etc... To be honest, I do not know how to troubleshoot the problem as I do not find any installation logs. The only thing I have been able to log is the activity in the database when prestashop is being installed, there I can see how the tables are created and populated but at some point, the installation shows the error at XX% and the activity in the database finishes.



So I wonder if someone can help me out with the troubleshooting... I would like to put together a tutorial with the working configuration so anybody with 0 knowledge can follow it and succeed in the installation process of prestashop on a raspberry pi.



Here you are what I have done so far:



     - Raspberry Pi, Model B

     - SD 8GB, power supply and connection to the internet.

     - I connect to raspberry by SSH from a desktop computer.



     - Debian Wheezy (2014-12-24-wheezy-raspbian.img).

     - Prestashop (althought I've tried with and


Other details:

     - Hostname for raspberrry: prestashop

     - Raspberry login / password: pi / raspberry

     - Document root (Nginx): /usr/share/nginx/www

     - MySQL database: psdb

     - MySQL login / password: psadmin / mypassword


Installation process:


0) Connect to raspberry


0.1) From any SSH client (putty, MobaXterm, etc...)

> ssh prestashop


0.2) Login:




1) LEMP (Linux + Nginx + MySQL + PHP)


I've followed this guide (except the CGI/Perl Scripts part that I skipped it):




2) Prestashop preparation
2.1) Download prestashop:
2.2) Install unzip:
> sudo apt-get install unzip
2.3) Unzip prestashop to document root:
> sudo unzip prestashop_1.6.0.11.zip -d /usr/share/nginx/www
2.4) Prepare document root:
> cd /usr/share/nginx/www
> sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /usr/share/nginx/www/*
> sudo mv -f /usr/share/nginx/www/prestashop/* /usr/share/nginx/www
> sudo rm -r /usr/share/nginx/www/prestashop
3) Nginx preparation
3.1) Create a virtual host configuration file:
> sudo cp /etc/nginx/sites-available/default /etc/nginx/sites-available/prestashop
> sudo vi /etc/nginx/sites-available/prestashop
server {
listen   80; ## listen for ipv4; this line is default and implied
root /usr/share/nginx/www;
index index.php index.html index.htm;
# Make site accessible from http://localhost/
server_name prestashop;
if ($http_host != "prestashop") {
rewrite ^ http://prestashop$request_uri permanent;
location = /favicon.ico {
log_not_found off;
access_log off;
location = /robots.txt {
allow all;
log_not_found off;
access_log off;
# deny access to .htaccess files, if Apache's document root
# concurs with nginx's one
location ~ /\. {
deny all;
access_log off;
log_not_found off;
location / {
# First attempt to serve request as file, then
# as directory, then fall back to displaying a 404.
try_files $uri $uri/ /index.html;
# Uncomment to enable naxsi on this location
# include /etc/nginx/naxsi.rules
rewrite ^/api/?(.*)$ /webservice/dispatcher.php?url=$1 last;
rewrite ^/([0-9])(\-[_a-zA-Z0-9-]*)?(-[0-9]+)?/.+\.jpg$ /img/p/$1/$1$2$3.jpg last;
rewrite ^/([0-9])([0-9])(\-[_a-zA-Z0-9-]*)?(-[0-9]+)?/.+\.jpg$ /img/p/$1/$2/$1$2$3$4.jpg last;
rewrite ^/([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])(\-[_a-zA-Z0-9-]*)?(-[0-9]+)?/.+\.jpg$ /img/p/$1/$2/$3/$1$2$3$4$5.jpg last;
rewrite ^/([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])(\-[_a-zA-Z0-9-]*)?(-[0-9]+)?/.+\.jpg$ /img/p/$1/$2/$3/$4/$1$2$3$4$5$6.jpg last;
rewrite ^/([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])(\-[_a-zA-Z0-9-]*)?(-[0-9]+)?/.+\.jpg$ /img/p/$1/$2/$3/$4/$5/$1$2$3$4$5$6$7.jpg last;
rewrite ^/([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])(\-[_a-zA-Z0-9-]*)?(-[0-9]+)?/.+\.jpg$ /img/p/$1/$2/$3/$4/$5/$6/$1$2$3$4$5$6$7$8.jpg last;
rewrite ^/([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])(\-[_a-zA-Z0-9-]*)?(-[0-9]+)?/.+\.jpg$ /img/p/$1/$2/$3/$4/$5/$6/$7/$1$2$3$4$5$6$7$8$9.jpg last;
rewrite ^/([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])([0-9])(\-[_a-zA-Z0-9-]*)?(-[0-9]+)?/.+\.jpg$ /img/p/$1/$2/$3/$4/$5/$6/$7/$8/$1$2$3$4$5$6$7$8$9$10.jpg last;
rewrite ^/c/([0-9]+)(\-[\.*_a-zA-Z0-9-]*)(-[0-9]+)?/.+\.jpg$ /img/c/$1$2$3.jpg last;
rewrite ^/c/([a-zA-Z_-]+)(-[0-9]+)?/.+\.jpg$ /img/c/$1$2.jpg last;
rewrite ^/images_ie/?([^/]+)\.(jpe?g|png|gif)$ /js/jquery/plugins/fancybox/images/$1.$2 last;
try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$args;
error_page 404 /index.php?controller=404;
location ~* \.(gif)$ {
expires 2592000s;
location ~* \.(jpeg|jpg)$ {
expires 2592000s;
location ~* \.(png)$ {
expires 2592000s;
location ~* \.(css)$ {
expires 604800s;
location ~* \.(js|jsonp)$ {
expires 604800s;
location ~* \.(js)$ {
expires 604800s;
location ~* \.(ico)$ {
expires 31536000s;
# pass the PHP scripts to FastCGI server listening on
location ~ \.php$ {
try_files $uri =404;
include fastcgi_params;
# With php5-cgi alone:
# With php5-fpm:
#fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;
fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
fastcgi_index index.php;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
fastcgi_intercept_errors on;
3.2) Disable default virtual server:
> sudo rm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default
3.3) Enable virtual server for prestashop:
> sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/prestashop /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/prestashop
3.4) Restart nginx configuration:
sudo /etc/init.d/nginx restart
4) MySQL preparation:
4.1) Create the database and user for prestashop:
> mysql -u root -p
USE psdb;
CREATE USER psadmin@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'mypassword';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON psdb.* TO psadmin@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'mypassword';
5) PHP preparation:
5.1) Edit PHP configuration and append following 2 lines:
> sudo vi /etc/php5/fpm/pool.d/www.conf
5.2) Restart PHP:
> sudo /etc/init.d/php-fpm restart
6) Prestashop installation
6.0) From the web broweser of desktop computer:
6.1) Select language for installation:
6.2) License agreement:
6.3) Prerequisite verification:
(Everything OK)
6.4) Configure your shop:
(I input my data)
Country: Spain
6.5) Database configuration:
DB Server Address: localhost
DB name: psdb
DB user: psadmin
DB password: mypassord
Table prefix: ps_
Check DB connection:  OK
6.6) Installation
Fails at XX%, every time I retry the percentage changes, sometimes is 24%, sometimes 34%, once 54%...
If required I can provide additional info... 
Thanks in advance for any feedback you can provide!
Edited by maduenyo (see edit history)

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Yes, virtual box is another option but it requires a more expensive hardware, such a regular pc, which is noisy and power hungry in comparison with raspberry pi.


In other words, I'm looking for a test environment to be up and running 24/7, low power consumption is a must and high performance is not required.


Thanks anyway for your advice!!


PS: I've read someone got prestashop on raspberry but under Arch Linux instead of Debian, so I'm going to give it a try... Stay tuned!

Edited by maduenyo (see edit history)

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Hi folks!!!


Finally, I've managed to run PrestaShop on Raspberry Pi Model B (512Mbyte) with Debian Wheezy. Although it isn't the best system setup, it's kind of slow when browsing the front / back office, it works. So as test field should be fine :)


I'm putting together all the information while it's still fresh to post here as a tutorial, so anyone interested can follow the instructions...



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Hi again!!


here you are the manual to install prestashop on the Raspberry Pi (Mode B rev.2). Enjoy!!



# - PrestaShop on LAMP with Debian (Wheezy) -


# - --------------------------------------- -

# - LAMP

# - --------------------------------------- -


# - --------------------------------------- -

# Details:


     hostname: prestashop

     ip address:

     login: pi / raspberry



     document root: /var/www



     Administrator login: root / mysql

     PrestaShop login: psadmin / psadmin

     PrestaShop DB: psdb


# - --------------------------------------- -

# Apache installation:

sudo apt-get install apache2

sudo su

echo "ServerName localhost" >> /etc/apache2/apache2.conf;



# - --------------------------------------- -

# PHP installation:

sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-cli php5-mysql

printf "<?php\nphpinfo();\n?>" > info.php

sudo mv info.php /var/www


# Fine tune PHP configuration file:

sudo vi /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

memory_limit = 350M

max_execution_time = 300


# - --------------------------------------- -


sudo apt-get install mysql-server

> Enter pasword for MySQL root user.

sudo apt-get install mysql-client libmysqlclient-dev

sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin

> Select with space bar web server just installed: apache2

> Select option for dbconfig-common installation:  NO

sudo ln -s /usr/share/phpmyadmin /var/www/phpmyadmin


# - --------------------------------------- -

# Restart services

sudo service apache2 restart


# - --------------------------------------- -

# Check installation

http://prestashop -> Apache welcome page

http://prestashop/info.php -> PHP info page

http://prestashop/phpmyadmin -> PHPMyAdmin page (loging with root and MySQL password provided)



# - --------------------------------------- -

# - PrestaShop

# - --------------------------------------- -


# - --------------------------------------- -

# Download prestashop


sudo apt-get install unzip

unzip prestashop_1.6.0.11.zip


# Copy to document root and set permissions:

sudo cp -rp ./prestashop/* /var/www

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

sudo find /var/www -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;

sudo find /var/www -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;


# - --------------------------------------- -

# Create PrestaShop MySQL database and user:

mysql -u root -pmysql


USE psdb;

CREATE USER psadmin@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'psadmin';

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON psdb.* TO psadmin@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'psadmin';




# - --------------------------------------- -

# Start web installation

> Language:


> Shop details:

- Shop name.

- Location.

- Input administration user (email).

- Input administration password.


> Database connection:

- Connection to: localhost

- Database name: psdb

- User: psadmin

- Password: psadmin

- Verify connection.


> Installation will take some time...

- Be patient, it may take 10 to 20min.

- ...

- Once finished, remove installation directory:

sudo rm -r /var/www/install

- Click on Backoffice.

- PrestaShop /admin directory will automatically be renamed

 to something similar to admin693fr0og4.

 Get your admin directory name (needed to connect to Back Office):

sudo ls -l /var/www/ | grep admin | grep www-data | awk '{print($9)}'


> Start Front Office:


> Start Back Office (where adminXXX is your renamed admin directory):


# Final note: Raspberry Pi does not have too much horse power, be patient...


# - --------------------------------------- -

# In case you get white screen when browsing your Front / Back Office

# try enable debugging to see what fails.

# Set from false to true _PS_MODE_DEV_ variable:

sudo vi /var/www/config/defines.inc.php

define('_PS_MODE_DEV_', true);

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  • 2 months later...

Nice!! I'm testing right now!!!   :rolleyes:


Update #1


I had to use the command to to install PHP


sudo apt-get update



Update #2

i can't edit text in the file

# Fine tune PHP configuration file:
sudo vi /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
i can see the content but not make any changes ????
Edited by erik@e30 (see edit history)

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