Ubuntu Server 16.04 64-bit with Zoneminder 1.32.0 the easy way

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Notice: the 1.32.0 installs have been pulled from the zoneminder PPA due to some reported issues. There is a "test" version on the zoneminder-master PPA but it is not recommended for a production Zoneminder system. 17SEP18

We recommend you read the release notes to see what has changed in this version. The release notes can be found here: https://github.com/ZoneMinder/zoneminder/releases

Install Zoneminder on Ubuntu 16.04 with shell script

This will install Zoneminder by using a shell script with one basic command (how easy is that!).

You will need a Ubuntu 16.04 install with LAMP (Apache, MySQL and PHP) installed desktop or server. As an alternate you may use Mariadb in lieu of MySQL

Shell script file contents:

read -p "This script installs Zoneminder 1.32.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 AMD64 with LAMP (MySQL) installed...
Press Enter to continue or Ctrl + c to quit" nothing
read -p "You must be logged in as root using sudo su ...
Press Enter to continue or Ctrl + c to quit" nothing
read -p "Next we will add the PPA repository, install and configure the system to run Zoneminder. 
Press enter to continue" nothing
apt install -y software-properties-common
add-apt-repository ppa:iconnor/zoneminder
apt update
awk '$0="date.timezone = "$0' /etc/timezone >> /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini
apt install -y zoneminder
systemctl enable zoneminder
service zoneminder start
adduser www-data video
a2enconf zoneminder
a2enmod rewrite
chown -R www-data:www-data /usr/share/zoneminder/
service apache2 reload
read -p "Install complete.Press enter to continue" nothing

Copy the contents of the script, open a terminal and run:

nano zm-install

Paste the contents of the script into Nano


Ctrl + o
Ctrl + x

Next run:

chmod 755 zm-install

Start the script by entering:


Follow the prompts. Things are pretty simple. The timezone will be detected from the OS and added to the php.ini.

Good Luck!

While this script worked for me I can't be responsible if you loose data when you run this. It is intended for a new install not an upgrade.