IXP Manager tries to stay current in terms of technology. Typically, this means some element of framework refresh(es) every couple of years and other more incremental package upgrades with minor version upgrades. As well as the obvious reasons for this, there is also the requirement to prevent developer apathy - insisting on legacy frameworks and packages that have been EOL'd provides a major stumbling block for bringing on new developers and contributors.

The current requirements for the web application are:

  • a Linux / BSD host.
  • MariaDB / MySQL version 5.5.4 or later.
  • Apache / Nginx / etc.
  • PHP >= 7.0. Note that IXP Manager will not run on older versions of PHP.
  • Memcached - optional but highly recommended.

To complete the installation using the included config/scripts, you will also need to have installed:

  • git - distributed revision control system (e.g.: apt-get install git)
  • memcache extension module for PHP (e.g.: apt-get install php-memcached)
  • SNMP extension module for PHP (e.g.: apt-get install php7.0-snmp)
  • php7.0-mbstring - may be built into the PHP core
  • php7.0-xml
  • php7.0-intl
  • php7.0-mysql
  • php7.0-mcrypt
  • php-ds
  • php-rrd

For completeness, the IXP Manager installation script for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS installs:

apt-get install apache2 php7.0 php7.0-intl php7.0-mysql php-rrd php7.0-cgi php7.0-cli  \
    php7.0-snmp php7.0-curl php7.0-mcrypt php-memcached libapache2-mod-php7.0          \
    mysql-server mysql-client php-mysql memcached snmp nodejs nodejs-legacy npm        \
    php7.0-mbstring php7.0-xml php-gettext php-ds php-gd bgpq3 php-memcache unzip      \
    php-zip git

Get the IXP Manager Source

The code for IXP Manager is maintained on GitHub and the canonical repository is inex/IXP-Manager.

Log into the server where you wish to install IXP Manager. Move to the directory where you wish to store the source (our examples use /srv/ixpmanager which we refer to as $IXPROOT). Note that it should not be checked out into any web exposed directory (e.g. do not checkout to /var/www).

cd /srv
git clone ixpmanager
cd $IXPROOT   # /srv/ixpmanager
git checkout master
chown -R www-data: $IXPROOT

Install Composer and Bower

IXP Manager uses Composer to manage its PHP dependencies. First, download a copy of the composer.phar. Once you have the PHAR archive, you can either keep it in your local project directory or move to /usr/local/bin to use it globally on your system.

The installation script for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS installs these via:

php -r "copy('', 'composer-setup.php');"
ACTUAL_SIGNATURE=$(php -r "echo hash_file('SHA384', 'composer-setup.php');")

    sudo -u www-data bash -c "HOME=$IXPROOT && cd $IXPROOT && php composer-setup.php --quiet"
    rm $IXPROOT/composer-setup.php
    # optional:
    mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
    echo -e "\n\nERROR: Invalid installer signature for composer installation"
    rm $IXPROOT/composer-setup.php
    exit 1


npm install -g bower

Initial Setup and Dependancies


Install the required PHP libraries and frontend CSS/JS packages:

composer install
bower install
cp .env.example .env
php artisan key:generate

Database Setup

Use whatever means you like to create a database and user for IXP Manager. For example:

CREATE DATABASE `ixp` CHARACTER SET = 'utf8mb4' COLLATE = 'utf8mb4_unicode_ci';
GRANT ALL ON `ixp`.* TO `ixp`@`localhost` IDENTIFIED BY '<pick a password!>';

Then edit $IXPROOT/.env and set the database options:


Now create the database schema:

php artisan doctrine:schema:create

Some older scripts still rely on MySQL view tables. Create these with:

mysql -u ixp -p ixp < $IXPROOT/tools/sql/views.sql


Edit $IXPROOT/.env and review and set/change all parameters. Hopefully this is mostly documented or clear but please start a discussion on the mailing list if you have difficultly and we'll update this and the example file's documentation as appropriate.

Initial Database Objects

Using the settings you edited in .env we'll create some database objects. [Yes, a setup wizard needs to be built!].

First let's create the password for the admin user. The following will create a secure random password and hash it with bcrypt:

IXPM_ADMIN_PW="$( openssl rand -base64 12 )"
ADMIN_PW_SALT="$( openssl rand -base64 16 )"
HASH_PW=$( php -r "echo escapeshellarg( crypt( '${IXPM_ADMIN_PW}', sprintf( '\$2a\$%02d\$%s', 10, substr( '${ADMIN_PW_SALT}', 0, 22 ) ) ) );" )
echo Your password is: $IXPM_ADMIN_PW

The following is taken from the IXP Manager installation script:

mysql -u root "-p${MYSQL_ROOT_PW}" $DBNAME <<END_SQL
INSERT INTO ixp ( name, shortname, address1, country )
SET @ixpid = LAST_INSERT_ID();

INSERT INTO infrastructure ( ixp_id, name, shortname, isPrimary )
    VALUES ( @ixpid, 'Infrastructure #1', '#1', 1 );
SET @infraid = LAST_INSERT_ID();

INSERT INTO company_registration_detail ( registeredName ) VALUES ( '${IXPNAME}' );
SET @crdid = LAST_INSERT_ID();

INSERT INTO company_billing_detail ( billingContactName, invoiceMethod, billingFrequency )
SET @cbdid = LAST_INSERT_ID();

INSERT INTO cust ( name, shortname, type, abbreviatedName, autsys, maxprefixes, peeringemail, nocphone, noc24hphone,
        nocemail, nochours, nocwww, peeringpolicy, corpwww, datejoin, status, activepeeringmatrix, isReseller,
        company_registered_detail_id, company_billing_details_id )
        '${IXPNOCPHONE}', '${IXPNOCEMAIL}', '24x7', '', 'mandatory', '${IXPWWW}', NOW(), 1, 1, 0, @crdid, @cbdid );
SET @custid = LAST_INSERT_ID();

INSERT INTO customer_to_ixp ( customer_id, ixp_id ) VALUES ( @custid, @ixpid );

INSERT INTO user ( custid, username, password, email, privs, disabled, created )
    VALUES ( @custid, '${USERNAME}', ${HASH_PW}, '${USEREMAIL}', 3, 0, NOW() );
SET @userid = LAST_INSERT_ID();

INSERT INTO contact ( custid, name, email, created, user_id ) VALUES ( @custid, '${NAME}', '${USEREMAIL}', NOW(), @userid );

And finally seed the database:

php artisan db:seed --class=IRRDBs
php artisan db:seed --class=Vendors
php artisan db:seed --class=ContactGroups

File Permissions

The web server needs write access to some directories:

chown -R www-data: var/ storage/ bootstrap/cache/ database/Proxies/
chmod -R u+rwX var/ storage/ bootstrap/cache/ database/Proxies/

Setting Up Apache

Here is a sample virtual hosts file for IXP Manager (replace {$IXPROOT} as appropriate!):

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
    DocumentRoot ${IXPROOT}/public
    <Directory ${IXPROOT}/public>
        Options FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride None
        Require all granted
        RewriteEngine On
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -s [OR]
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -l [OR]
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
        RewriteRule ^.*$ - [NC,L]
        RewriteRule ^.*$ /index.php [NC,L]
    ErrorLog \${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog \${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

You also need to enable rewrite:

a2enmod rewrite
service apache2 restart


Your new IXP Manager installation should be accessible via your server's IP address using the username ($USERNAME) and password ($IXPM_ADMIN_PW) you set above.

If you plan to use this in production, you should:

  • secure your server with an iptables firewall
  • install an SSL certificate and redirect HTTP access to HTTPS
  • complete the installation of the many features of IXP Manager such as route server generation, member stats, peer to peer graphs, etc.
  • PLEASE TELL US! We'd like to add you to the users list at - just drop us an email to operations <at> inex <dot> ie.