Install Kanboard on FreeBSD

Read the Kanboard installation guide for updated information. This guide focuses on the FreeBSD, nginx, and Kanboard stack. It's tested on 10.1-RELEASE.

Install and Configure nginx

root@host:~# pkg install nginx

Enable nginx to start on boot.

root@host:~# echo nginx_enable="YES" >> /etc/rc.conf

Configure nginx.

root@host:~# nano /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf

Leave everything as is, except the following. Comment out server directives as well.

user www www;
worker_processes  4;
error_log  logs/error.log  info;
pid        logs/;

events {
    worker_connections  1024;

http {
    include /usr/local/etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf;
    #server {
    #    ...

Create directories for the Kanboard install.

root@host:~# mkdir -p /var/www/
root@host:~# chown www:www /var/www/
root@host:~# chmod 755 /var/www/

Create Kanboard server in the nginx config.

root@host:~# mkdir -p /usr/local/etc/nginx/conf.d/
root@host:~# nano /usr/local/etc/nginx/conf.d/local-kanboard_com.conf

The config should look something like this.

server {
        listen 80;
        rewrite ^$request_uri?;
server {
        listen 80;
        server_name_in_redirect off;
        root /var/www/;
        location ~* ^.+\.(ico|js|gif|jpg|jpeg|png|bmp)$ {
          expires 30d;
        location / {
            index index.php;
        location ~ \.php$ {
            fastcgi_index index.php;
            fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME /var/www/$fastcgi_script_name;
            include fastcgi_params;
        location ~ /\.ht {
            deny all;

Verify the nginx config is valid.

root@host:~# nginx -t

You may see the following error but you can safely ignore it. It's documented at nginx error after upgrading. You just need to restart nginx to make this error go away. Do not ignore other errors, though.

nginx: [emerg] mkdir() "/var/tmp/nginx/client_body_temp" failed (2: No such file or directory)

Restart nginx.

root@host:~# /usr/local/etc/rc.d/nginx restart

Install and Configure PHP

Install PHP and othe required modules.

root@host:~# pkg install php56 php56-mbstring php56-pdo_sqlite php56-openssl php56-hash php56-ctype php56-session php56-json

Enable PHP-FPM to start on boot.

root@host:~# echo php_fpm_enable="YES" >> /etc/rc.conf

Put a sample PHP script that provides all information about the PHP installation. This is not a good idea on a production server but invaluable on a test server.

root@host:~# sh -c 'echo "<?php phpinfo(); ?>" > /var/www/'

Restart PHP-FPM.

root@host:~# /usr/local/etc/rc.d/php-fpm restart

Install and Configure Kanboard

Download Kanboard, extract it, and configure permissions on the data directory.

root@host:~# cd /var/www/
root@host:~# curl -O
root@host:~# unzip
root@host:~# cd kanboard
root@host:~# chown -R www:www data
root@host:~# chmod ug+w data

Access Kanboard

Add the IP of your web server to your local /etc/hosts file (or equivalent). For example,

Browse to and login as admin/admin.