500 Internal Server Error for IPAddress/Omeka/install/install.php

  • Posted on November 15, 2015
  • PHP
  • jz2332Asked by jz2332

OS: Windows 10 Server: Putty Ubuntu 14.04.3

These were the instructions I was given to follow in setting up Omeka through my server.

sudo cp .htaccess.changeme .htaccess

$ sudo nano .htaccess

move down to where you see this


Rewrite Rules


RewriteEngine on

If you know mod_rewrite is enabled, but you are still getting mod_rewrite

errors, uncomment the line below and replace “/” with your base directory.

RewriteBase /

change the line "# RewriteBase /“ so that it says “RewriteBase /Omeka”

save and close the file

now, go to http://[YOUR SERVER’S IP ADDRESS]/phpmyadmin/ in your web browser

log in to phpmyadmin with whatever you set your login info to

once you’ve logged in, click “databases"

type Omeka into the box, and click “create”

now, go back to your server

in Putty

$ sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

press control button + w

^^ that is the command to search

if you correctly hit the command to search you should see this…

Type “AllowOverride” into the search box and hit enter

use your arrows to move down to find this part…

<Directory /var/www/> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks AllowOverride None Require all granted </Directory> (edited)

edit the line that says “AllowOverride None"

so that it says “AllowOverride All”

save and close the file

$ sudo service apache2 restart

now, go to your web browser and go to http://[YOUR IP ADDRESS HERE]/Omeka/install/install.php

set the options to whatever you want

set the ImageMagick path to /usr/bin/

I still get the 500 error when I enter my IP/Omeka/install/install.php .

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To use phpMyAdmin or run the installer, you shouldn’t need an .htaccess file, so to make sure that the .htaccess file is not the cause of the error, download a copy (as a backup) and delete the current. Now refresh the page and see if the error persists.

  • Does the error persist?
  • Does a new error display? If so, what’s the error?

In either case above, are you seeing anything in your error logs? If so, copy and paste the last 10-20 lines and let’s see what the web server is logging. Since PHP should also create an error log, it’d be best to also look at the PHP error log too. The web server often will not log scripting errors, so the PHP error log is where we’d need to look to see if it’s a scripting error.

If removing the .htaccess file fixes the issue, there’s something wrong with the .htaccess file. This is one file that can be very finicky. As an example - an extra space in the configuration can (and most often does) result in one or more errors or a blank page.