How to Install Roundcube on Ubuntu 10.04

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How to Install Roundcube on Ubuntu 10.04
Roundcube is an interactive webmail client that makes heavy use of AJAX technology. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Roundcube is an AJAX-based IMAP webmail system written in PHP. Roundcube is a powerful solution for webmail due to its use of AJAX, or Asynchronous JavaScript and XML technology, to create a more interactive user interface than other webmail systems, which typically must refresh the page after each user command. Roundcube is available for all web server platforms and is free software released under the GNU General Public License. Roundcube requires a database backend, such as the free MySQL database.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Root access

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  1. 1

    Use Ubuntu's apt-get command to download and install the most up-to-date Roundcube package. Enter the following command in the terminal:

    sudo apt-get install roundcube roundcube-mysql apache 2

    This will install the Roundcube package, the MySQL database backend and the Apache2 web server. During the installation, you will be prompted to enter a root password for MySQL.

  2. 2

    Configure the Roundcube installation by entering the following command in the terminal:

    sudo dpkg-reconfigure roundcube-core

    This allows you to configure the basic settings with a simple interface. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the configuration.

  3. 3

    Create a symlink to the Roundcube files in your web server's home web-accessible directory, typically /var/www on Ubuntu and most other Linux systems. Enter the following command in the terminal:

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

    This does not copy the files into the web directory; rather, it creates a symbolic pointer to the files where they were installed in Step 1.

  4. 4

    Restart the Apache2 server to update its configuration by entering the following command:

    sudo service apache 2 restart

  5. 5

    Navigate to the Roundcube home page through your browser. The address will be in the following format:

    Replace "myhostname" and "mydomainname" for the appropriate values, or enter the IP address of the server if you do not have a domain set up already, replacing "" with the IP address of the server:

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