How to install HumHub on a VPSie

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How to install HumHub on a VPSie

How to install HumHub on a VPSie (VPS Server)

This guide will give you a full introduction to the basic concepts and components of the HumHub platform and should allow you to choose whether HumHub matches your requirements.

What is HumHub?

HumHub is an open-source social network platform with various uses such as a societal intranet, network, or collaboration platform. HumHub consists of a core application extended through additional modules and adjusted for your needs by most configuration options.

Besides this documentation website and the core applications, the HumHub platform consists of further HumHub related projects and tools worth a visit:

Key benefits#

The HumHub platform offers a flexible core platform and a few official modules for other people to construct their social network with many customization options as a module platform, market, and theming mechanism and an intuitive, user-friendly interface appropriate for non-technical users.

A few of the key benefits are listed below:

Free to utilize

self-evident or hosted on our cloud hosting

Keep your data safe without needing to share it with almost any external services

Simple instalment and upkeep

Only Needs a comfortable web server environment

Highly customizable

Custom motif support

Custom module support

Many configurations and fine-tuning alternatives

Open origin

Transparent advancement and talks

Community service and participation

Immediate contact to the core development group

Many eyes principle

Translated into over 40 languages

Marketplace for modules and topics

Intuitive user interface

Prerequisites #

Besides meeting the system requirements, a HumHub system administrator should be Knowledgeable about the installation and maintenance of a web server environment, e.g., LAMP Stack, and should be able to:

Install and configure HumHub

Create copies

Run console controls

Basic Concepts#

The following section provides a summary of the basic concepts supported by the HumHub core program.

Users of a HumHub network are assigned to a single or several user groups. User classes are used to control group-level permissions, for example, the authorization to create distances or access certain regions of the network as the directory. You can automatically assign new users into a particular group or select from a consumer groupset from the registration procedure.

HumHub allows you to either run a private or a public community by allowing or disabling restricted access for users based upon your requirements. When enabling limited access for guest users, non-authenticated users will have access to specific locations and see their system’s public contents. On the other hand, existing users can retrieve private networks and allow new users to register manually or solely by invitation and may also demand a group administrator to approve user registrations.


HumHub networks are usually separated into multiple distances. A space functions as an independent area inside your network with an own set of members, permissions, modules, and settings. Most content generated within a system as articles, events, or wiki pages is linked to a particular space. Depending on your system’s use case, the hole could be made for each job, department, or community subject. You can also enable your users to create and control their own spaces. That said, areas are an essential part of HumHub networks.

In HumHub, streams are utilized to display and filter newly created contents and activities. You can find streams in the HumHub core applications:

Space stream: This space amount wall-flow includes contents connected to a specific distance

Profile stream: This profile degree wall-flow includes contents associated with a specific user and, by default, also includes content created by a user inside spaces

Dashboard stream: A network-wide wall-flow includes contents of profiles and spaces a user is after

Activity flow: Sidebar stream which lists activities within the Entire network or on distance degree


Besides the wall flows, which exhibit actual content entries as posts or calendar events, the activity stream lists various information regarding recent activities within the entire network or a single space—an action, for instance, an effort may be a new member joining a room a user enjoying a post. Activities are also part of this overview mail sent out to customers to maintain recent network activities.

Articles #

In HumHub, posts are the most comfortable form of content and are contained in the core platform. Users can create articles directly within the start page of a room or on their user profile wall. HumHub provides a WYSIWYG editor for most text-based content to add simple formatting as headlines or bold text as well as oEmbed or document uploads. As in many social network platforms, posts can be remarked and liked or archived.

While articles are the only content type in the core applications, there are many modules available supporting different kinds of content as encounters, calendar events, or wiki pages.

Hunt #

The research system can be employed to look for contents, spaces, and users and, with a bit of configuration, even supports document content search. Consult with the Admin Search department to Learn More about the search system.


Notifications are sent out to users to inform them about user associated events as new comments or enjoys among their articles. In contrast to actions, messages are directed continuously to one user rather than the whole network or space. A notification may be sent to multiple objects such as E-Mail, Web, or Mobile. HumHub provides fine-grained notification settings to define which messages should be sent to that targets.

By default, the dashboard will be the beginning point for all your users. The dashboard provides a fast overview of recent contents and actions of all spaces and profiles a user follows and may comprise additional sidebar components such as a task or calendar overview snippet.

The directory serves as an overview of the entire system and provides a listing of groups, spaces, and a wall-flow with all public user profile posts.


Topics can classify and filter contents inside a flow by attaching a single or several subject labels to a content entry. You can either permit all space members to create a subject or restrict managing and creating topics to only space administrator or moderator roles.


The HumHub network can be extended by installing additional modules. A module may add features as new content types or change core features’ behavior, or perhaps include custom themes. Many HumHub modules may also be enabled on a profile or space level. A wiki module could be installed on distance, allowing space members to create and manage wiki pages collaboratively or on the user profile level to set up a private wiki.

As stated earlier, spaces don’t necessarily share the same set of enabled modules. A module installed on one area does not affect other rooms unless a module is configured as the default section.

How to install HumHub on a VPSie (VPS Server)

Use our one-click cPanel app setup or manually install cPanel or any website control panel of your choice. You can also use no panel and install apache or nginx with MySQL using Centos or any VPSie operating system listed in your VPSie management panel.

Once you have your website control panel installed, you can set HumHub using Softaculous 1 click auto-installer.

Install Softaculus in cPanel (Other website control panels will differ)

Quick Installation

If you wish to finish the installation quickly and then download the script packages in the background, use this method.

Note: Before starting the installation, make sure ionCube Loaders are enabled. For that, go to WHM and click on Tweak Settings. Please make sure that the Ioncube loader is selected for the backend copy of PHP. Now SSH to your server and enter the following commands:

wget -N

chmod 755

./ –quick


  • A server with cPanel ( follow different instructions for a different website control panel)
  • If you have a firewall, then please allow access to download all packages from *

Note: Please allow access to the following domains to your firewall as these are the mirrors used to download the script packages. # # # # # #

Installing Softaculous

Note: Before starting the installation, make sure ionCube Loaders are enabled. You may refer to the following guide Enable_Ioncube_cPanel. Please make sure that the Ioncube loader is selected for the backend copy of PHP. Now SSH to your server and enter the following commands:

wget -N

chmod 755


Now go to: WHM > Plugins (Add-Ons on older versions than 11) > Softaculous – Instant Installs

You should now see the installation was successful!

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