This post will help you install latest version of WordPress on Ubuntu desktop and server using terminal.

Here are system requirement for installing WordPress; you need to have PHP, MySQL and web server like apache2 or NGINX. I am going to user apache2 as a web server.

Install MySQL Server on Ubuntu

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install mysql-server -y
sudo mysql
ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'XXXXX';
mysql -u root -p

Login with your newly created MySQL password.

Install apache2 and PHP

sudo apt install apache2

sudo apt install php libapache2-php-mod-php php-mcrypt php-mysql
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Check your web server in your preferred web browser by visiting localhost

Test PHP Script

Create a php file under /var/www/html/

touch /var/www/html/info.php
<?php  echo "hello from apache";

Visit localhost/info.php in your web browser and it should work.

Download & Install WordPress on Ubuntu

I assume that you have installed wget and unzip on your ubuntu desktop or server.

If you have not yet.

sudo apt install wget && sudo apt install unzip

To download and install WordPress

cd /var/www/html/
unzip && rm -R

Give Write Permission to WordPress directory

sudo a2enmod rewrite

To give write permission to the folder
sudo chown -R username /var/www/html/

html $ sudo nano wp-config.php
define(‘FS_METHOD’, ‘direct’);

WordPress – file write permission for apache server
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html

Create Database for WordPress

To create database for your WordPress installation, login to your MySQL server and create a new database.

mysql -u root -p

Install WordPress

  1. Launch your web browser and pull up localhost/wordpress
  2. Click Let’s Go
  3. Feed Database credential
  4. Click Run Installation Script
  5. Create Admin profile
  6. Login to your admin area localhost/wordpress/wp-admin