How to install Piwik 3.5.1 on Ubuntu 18.04


To install Piwik 3.5.1 on Ubuntu 18.04
Piwik is an open source project with advanced privacy features that can be executed on your own server. Those who have a own website probably know what “web analytics” refers to. It’s a general term indicating the study of the impact of a website on its users. A business based on Internet services, like e-commerce, needs to find statistical information about people who visit the site, and this data is provided by web analytics software. According to W3Techs, the most used is Google Analytics. But, if you don’t want to use a remote-hosted service, you may want to give Piwik a chance.


To install LAMP(Apache, MariaDB, php7)
In MariaDB (create database and user and give privileges to that user )

Php installation with required following modules

add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php 
apt-get update 
apt-get install php7.0 php7.0-mysql php7.0-curl php7.0-json php7.0-cgi libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0-mcrypt php7.0-xmlrpc 
php7.0-gd php7.0-mbstring php7.0  php7.0-common  php7.0-xmlrpc php7.0-soap  php7.0-xml php7.0-intl  php7.0-cli  php7.0-ldap 
php7.0-zip php7.0-readline php7.0-imap php7.0-tidy php7.0-recode php7.0-sq php7.0-intl


Download a Piwik package using the following URL

root@linuxhelp1:~# wget
--2018-06-05 13:35:39--
Resolving (, 2a00:b6e0:1:200:177::1
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 18907738 (18M) [application/zip]
Saving to: ‘’               100%[==============================>]  18.03M  1.07MB/s    in 24s     

2018-06-05 13:36:05 (775 KB/s) - ‘’ saved [18907738/18907738]

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Extract the package as follow

root@linuxhelp1:~# unzip 
   creating: piwik/
   creating: piwik/tmp/
   creating: piwik/tests/
  inflating: piwik/tests/   
  inflating: piwik/bower.json        
  inflating: piwik/js/      
  inflating: piwik/js/piwik.js       
  inflating: piwik/js/LICENSE.txt    
  inflating: piwik/js/tracker.php    
  inflating: piwik/js/index.php      
  inflating: piwik/js/piwik.min.js   
  inflating: How to install Matomo.html

Move the extracted file into the HTML directory

root@linuxhelp1:~# mv piwik /var/www/

Navigate to the apache document root directory

root@linuxhelp1:~# cd /var/www/

Change ownership and permission of the as E107  CMS follows

root@linuxhelp1:/var/www# chown -R www-data.www-data piwik
root@linuxhelp1:/var/www# chmod -R 775 piwik

Create a new virtual host configuration for accessing the Piwik CMS

root@linuxhelp1:/var/www# vim /etc/apache2/sites-available/piwik.conf
<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/piwik/

<Directory /var/www/piwik/>
AllowOverride All
allow from all


Enable site access

root@linuxhelp1:/var/www# a2ensite piwik.conf
Enabling site piwik.
To activate the new configuration, you need to run:
  systemctl reload apache2

Disable default access

root@linuxhelp1:/var/www# a2dissite 000-default.conf
Site 000-default disabled.
To activate the new configuration, you need to run:
  systemctl reload apache2

Enable  rewrite module

root@linuxhelp1:/var/www# a2enmod rewrite
Enabling module rewrite.
To activate the new configuration, you need to run:
  systemctl restart apache2

Restart the apache service to make the changes effect  

root@linuxhelp1:/var/www# systemctl restart apache2

Now you can proceed the further installation and configuration from the browser by navigating to the following URL: http://<ipaddress or domain name
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You will see the Welcome page of Matomo
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Verify the compatibility for installing SeoPanel as shown below
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Configure the Database setup as follows
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Configure the Admin user setup as follows
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Configure the Site information setup
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You will see the Tracking code of site
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After the configuration, you will see the following page as shown below
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You can log in using the admin user credentials
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After the Successful login, you will see the Admin dashboard of Piwik as shown below

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You will see the version of Piwik
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With this, the method to install Piwik 3.5.1 on Ubuntu 18.04 comes to an end.

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