The objective of this guide is to help you Install and Configure phpIPAM on Ubuntu 18.04 & Debian 10 Linux distribution. phpIPAM is an open-source php-based web IP address management application (IPAM). Its goal is to provide light, modern and useful IP address management. phpIPAM uses MySQL database backend and jQuery libraries, Ajax and HTML5/CSS3 features.

phpIPAM has the following features:

  •  IPv4/IPv6 IP address management
  •  Section / Subnet management
  •  Automatic free space display for subnets
  •  Visual subnet display
  •  Automatic subnet scanning / IP status checks
  •  PowerDNS integration
  •  NAT support
  • VLAN management
  • VRF management
  • IPv4 / IPv6 calculator
  • IP database search
  • E-mail notifications
  • Custom fields support
  • Translations
  • Changelogs
  •  RACK management
  • Domain authentication (AD, LDAP, Radius)
  • Per-group section/subnet permissions
  • Device/device types management
  • RIPE subnets import
  • XLS / CVS subnets import
  • IP request module
  • Locations module

Install phpIPAM on Ubuntu 18.04 / Debian 10 Linux

phpIPAM has a number of dependencies that we need to install before we can install and configure phpIPAM. These are:

  1. MySQL / MariaDB server
  2. php / php-fpm for nginx
  3. php modules
  4. Apache / nginx web server

Step 1: Install MariaDB  Server

Use the following guide to install MariaDB server:

Install MariaDB on Ubuntu 18.04 and CentOS 7

Install MariaDB on Debian 10

Once the database installation and setup is complete, create a database for phpipam user:

$ mysql -u root -p

GRANT ALL ON phpipam.* TO [email protected] IDENTIFIED BY 'StrongDBPassword';

Step 2: Install php and required modules

Next phase is the installation of php and required modules. Run the following commands:

sudo apt update 
sudo apt -y install php php-{mysql,curl,gd,intl,pear,imap,memcache,pspell,recode,tidy,xmlrpc,mbstring,gettext,gmp,json,xml,fpm}

Step 3: Install phpIPAM on Debian 10 / Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

We’ll download phpIPAM from Github. Install git first:

sudo apt -y install git

Clone phpIPAM code from github

sudo git clone --recursive /var/www/html/phpipam

Change to clone directory.

cd /var/www/html/phpipam

You can also download phpipam from official Sourceforge repository and extract it to your web server directory.

Step 4: Configure phpIPAM on Ubuntu 18.04 / Debian 10

Change your working directory to /var/www/html/phpipam and copy config.dist.php to config.php, then edit it.

cd /var/www/phpipam
sudo cp config.dist.php config.php

Edit the file to configure database credentials as added on Step 1:

* database connection details
$db['host'] = 'localhost';
$db['user'] = 'phpipam';
$db['pass'] = 'StrongDBPassword';
$db['name'] = 'phpipam';
$db['port'] = 3306;

Install and Configure nginx – Option 1

Install nginx using the command:

sudo apt -y install nginx

Configure nginx

sudo nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/phpipam.conf

Add content:

server {
    # root directory
    root   /var/www/html;

    # phpipam
    location /phpipam/ {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /phpipam/index.php;
        index index.php;
    # phpipam - api
    location /phpipam/api/ {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /phpipam/api/index.php;

    # php-fpm
    location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_pass   unix:/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_index  index.php;
        try_files      $uri $uri/ index.php = 404;
        include        fastcgi_params;

Change ownership of the /var/www/ directory to www-data user and group.

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

Install and Configure Apache web server – Option 2

If you would like to use Apache web server, first install it using:

sudo systemctl stop nginx && sudo systemctl disable nginx
sudo apt -y install apache2
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Install apache php module:

sudo apt -y install libapache2-mod-php php-curl php-xmlrpc php-intl php-gd

Add apache phpipam configuration:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin [email protected]
    DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/phpipam"
    <Directory "/var/www/html/phpipam">
        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted
    ErrorLog "/var/log/apache2/phpipam-error_log"
    CustomLog "/var/log/apache2/phpipam-access_log" combined

Restart apache server for changes to be made.

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Step 5: Finish phpIPAM Installation on Ubuntu 18.04 / Debian 10

Start the installation process by visiting, replace with your valid domain name.

On the first page, Select “New phpipam installation

Since we had created a database, we’ll go with “MySQL import instructions“.

This will output the command to import the SQL file.

sudo mysql -u root -p phpipam < /var/www/html/phpipam/db/SCHEMA.sql

For Automatic database installation, set like below.

On successful installation, you should get the admin login page, log in with credentials set above.

The default Login credentials are:

Username: admin
Password: ipamadmin

You’re prompted to change the admin password on the first login.

You have successfully installed phpIPAM on Debian 10 / Ubuntu 18.04 Linux system.

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