Manual Installation


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.
  • MySQL version 5.7 or later.
  • Apache / Nginx / etc.
  • PHP >= 7.3. Note that IXP Manager will not run on older versions of PHP.
  • Memcached - optional but recommended.

To complete the installation using the included config/scripts, you will also need to have installed git (apt-get install git) and a number of PHP extensions (see the example apt-get install below).

Regrettably the potential combinations of operating systems, versions of same and then versions of PHP are too numerous to provide individual support. As such, we recommend installing IXP Manager on Ubuntu LTS 18.04 and we officially support this platform.

In fact we provide a complete installation script for this - see the automated installation page for details. If you have any issues with the manual installation, the automated script should be your first reference to compare what you are doing to what we recommend.

For completeness, the IXP Manager installation script for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS installs:

apt-get install -qy apache2 php7.3 php7.3-intl php-rrd php7.3-cgi php7.3-cli      \
    php7.3-snmp php7.3-curl  php-memcached libapache2-mod-php7.3 mysql-server     \
    mysql-client php7.3-mysql memcached snmp php7.3-mbstring php7.3-xml php7.3-gd \
    php7.3-bcmath php-gettext bgpq3 php-memcache unzip php7.3-zip git php-yaml    \
    php-ds libconfig-general-perl libnetaddr-ip-perl mrtg  libconfig-general-perl \
    libnetaddr-ip-perl rrdtool librrds-perl curl

If you are using a different platform, you will need to replicate the above as appropriate for your chosen platform.

Note particularly that Ubuntu 18.04 does not ship with php 7.3 and you will need to add the following PPA for the above installation line to work:

apt-get install -yq software-properties-common
add-apt-repository -y ppa:ondrej/php
apt-get update -q

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: bootstrap/cache storage

Install Composer

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 18.04 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
    echo -e "\n\nERROR: Invalid installer signature for composer installation"
    rm $IXPROOT/composer-setup.php
    exit 1

Initial Setup and Dependancies


Install the required PHP libraries:

php composer.phar install --no-dev --prefer-dist
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 customer_to_users ( customer_id, user_id, privs, created_at )
    VALUES ( @custid, @userid, 3, NOW() );

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

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.

What next? See our post-install / next steps document here.