Phabricator on ArchLinux

At work we’ve been using Trac for quite a while now, but it’s always interesting to look at other options. When listening to a recent episode of git Minutes on Blender’s move to using git I heard of Phabricator for the first time. There are good instructions for how to install it on Ubuntu, but I couldn’t find any for ArchLinux.

These are my notes for installing Phabricator on ArchLinux. Hopefully someone will find them useful.

Basic setup

I performed this install in a virtual machine (using VirtualBox). The virtual machine is configured with a bridged network and I gave it the FQDN of


Beyond the packages installed as part of the basic install I needed the following packages:

  • lighttpd
  • git
  • mariadb
  • php
  • php-cgi
  • php-apcu
  • php-gd

Setup of mariadb

Following the instructions on the ArchLinux wiki page on mariadb is first started the service and then finished the installation:

# systemctl start mysqld.service
# mysql_secure_installation

After this I restarted the service, and made sure it’ll restart on system start:

# systemctl restart mysqld.service
# systemctl enable mysqld.service

I picked the root password mariaroot.

Setup of lighttpd

Modify /etc/lighttpd/lighttp.conf to look something like this:

server.modules = (
server.port = 80
server.username  = "http"
server.groupname = "http"
server.document-root = "/srv/http"
server.errorlog  = "/var/log/lighttpd/error.log"
dir-listing.activate = "enable"
index-file.names = ( "index.php", "index.html" )
static-file.exclude-extensions = ( ".php" )
mimetype.assign  = (
  ".html" => "text/html",
  ".txt" => "text/plain",
  ".css" => "text/css",
  ".js" => "application/x-javascript",
  ".jpg" => "image/jpeg",
  ".jpeg" => "image/jpeg",
  ".gif" => "image/gif",
  ".png" => "image/png",
  "" => "application/octet-stream"
fastcgi.server += ( ".php" =>
    "bin-path" => "/usr/bin/php-cgi",
    "socket" => "/var/run/lighttpd/php.socket",
    "max-procs" => 1,
    "bin-environment" => (
      "PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN" => "4",
      "PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS" => "10000",
    "bin-copy-environment" => (
      "PATH", "SHELL", "USER",
    "broken-scriptfilename" => "enable",
$HTTP["host"] =~ "phabarch(\.vbox\.net)?" {
  server.document-root = "/srv/http/phabricator/webroot"
  url.rewrite-once = (
    "^(/rsrc/.*)$" => "$1",
    "^(/favicon.ico)$" => "$1",
    # This simulates QSA (query string append) mode in Apache
    "^(/[^?]*)\?(.*)" => "/index.php?__path__=$1&$2",
    "^(/.*)$" => "/index.php?__path__=$1",

Setup of php

Modify /etc/php/php.ini and enable the following extensions:


Also disable the open_basedir setting.

Getting and setting up Phabricator

Checking it out

I placed it in /srv/http:

# cd /srv/http
# git clone git://
# git clone git://
# git clone git://

Database configuration

# cd /srv/http/phabricator
# ./bin/storage upgrade --user root --password mariaroot
# ./bin/config set mysql.user root
# ./bin/config set mysql.pass mariaroot

Set the base URI

# cd /srv/http/phabricator
# ./bin/config set phabricator.base-uri ''

Diffusion configuration

# mkdir /var/repo
# ./bin/config set diffusion.allow-http-auth true

At this point I started lighttpd and used the web interface to configure environment.append-paths to include the path of git-core, /usr/lib/git-core.

phd configuration

First create the daemon user

# useradd -r -M -d /tmp phabd

Then create the phd log dir and set its owner and group:

# mkdir /var/tmp/phd/log
# chown -R phabd:phabd /var/tmp/phd/

Also make the daemon user the owner of the repo folder used by Diffusion:

# chown phabd:phabd /var/repo

Configure sudo

Create the file /etc/sudoers.d/phabricator with this content:

http ALL=(phabd) SETENV: NOPASSWD: /usr/lib/git-core/git-http-backend

User configuration

In the web interface set a VCS password for the user.


Now the system should be ready to be played with :)


  1. Hi, thank you for sharing this, I can confirm this works and got phabricator up and running.

    If you’re cool with that, I was thinking about doing some PKGBUILDs to automate post install setup as per your instructions (phabricator is missing from the AUR at the moment) and putting the above info on the wiki, all with proper credit to your work of course.


  2. @dummyano: Of course, just go ahead and make a package and put it on AUR, with accompanying Wiki page. Anything to make Phabricator more easy to use on ArchLinux.

  3. I followed your guide and I’m trying to publish a repo to Phabricator. What user name do I use? I’m using Xamarin Studio, it just keeps popping up with a password prompt (even though I enter it).

    Please help.

    Also I get this “Missing Binary git-http-backend” while i have a symlink to it.

  4. @codenuckl I’m sorry I can’t help. I don’t know what Xamarin Studio is, and I have no way of knowing why your symbolic links doesn’t work. I suspect you might need more interactive help with setting up phabricator than I can offer via this web site. I suggest you try the official phabricator site for general information, and IRC (#phabricator on Freenode) for help tracking down what the issue is.

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