Redmine installation

Redmine - project management software Copyright (C) 2006-2016 Jean-Philippe Lang


  • Ruby >= 1.9.3

  • RubyGems

  • Bundler >= 1.5.0

  • A database:

    • MySQL (tested with MySQL 5.1)

    • PostgreSQL (tested with PostgreSQL 9.1)

    • SQLite3 (tested with SQLite 3.7)

    • SQLServer (tested with SQLServer 2012)


  • SCM binaries (e.g. svn, git…), for repository browsing (must be available in PATH)

  • ImageMagick (to enable Gantt export to png images)


  1. Uncompress the program archive

  2. Create an empty utf8 encoded database: “redmine” for example

  3. Configure the database parameters in config/database.yml for the “production” environment (default database is MySQL and ruby1.9)

  4. Install the required gems by running:

    bundle install --without development test

    If ImageMagick is not installed on your system, you should skip the installation of the rmagick gem using:

    bundle install --without development test rmagick

    Only the gems that are needed by the adapters you've specified in your database configuration file are actually installed (eg. if your config/database.yml uses the 'mysql2' adapter, then only the mysql2 gem will be installed). Don't forget to re-run `bundle install` when you change config/database.yml for using other database adapters.

    If you need to load some gems that are not required by Redmine core (eg. fcgi), you can create a file named Gemfile.local at the root of your redmine directory. It will be loaded automatically when running `bundle install`.

  5. Generate a session store secret

    Redmine stores session data in cookies by default, which requires a secret to be generated. Under the application main directory run:

    bundle exec rake generate_secret_token

    Alternatively, you can store this secret in config/secrets.yml:

  6. Create the database structure

    Under the application main directory run:

    bundle exec rake db:migrate RAILS_ENV="production"

    It will create all the tables and an administrator account.

  7. Setting up permissions (Windows users have to skip this section)

    The user who runs Redmine must have write permission on the following subdirectories: files, log, tmp & public/plugin_assets.

    Assuming you run Redmine with a user named “redmine”:

    sudo chown -R redmine:redmine files log tmp public/plugin_assets
    sudo chmod -R 755 files log tmp public/plugin_assets
  8. Test the installation by running the WEBrick web server

    Under the main application directory run:

    ruby bin/rails server -e production

    Once WEBrick has started, point your browser to localhost:3000/ You should now see the application welcome page.

  9. Use the default administrator account to log in: login: admin password: admin

    Go to “Administration” to load the default configuration data (roles, trackers, statuses, workflow) and to adjust the application settings

SMTP server Configuration

Copy config/configuration.yml.example to config/configuration.yml and edit this file to adjust your SMTP settings. Do not forget to restart the application after any change to this file.

Please do not enter your SMTP settings in environment.rb.