ChiliProject is not maintained anymore. Please be advised that there will be no more updates.

We do not recommend that you setup new ChiliProject instances and we urge all existing users to migrate their data to a maintained system, e.g. Redmine. We will provide a migration script later. In the meantime, you can use the instructions by Christian Daehn.

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ChiliProject should run on most systems as long as Ruby is available on this platform.


All information on this page is preliminary until the first release. Use with caution!

Ruby on Rails stack


At first, you need to decide for a ruby interpreter. ChiliProject runs best on Ruby 1.8.7 and recent variants of Ruby Enterprise Edition. For a new system you should choose one of those. The default ruby 1.8.7 is available for most platforms while other ruby interpreters might work only on certain systems. Check the respective project website for more information.

Ruby Variant ChiliProject Version
current master 1.1.0 — Bell
1.8 1.8.6, 1.8.7 1.8.6, 1.8.7
1.9 1.9.2 not supported
Ruby Enterprise Edition 1.8.7-xxx 1.8.7-xxx
JRuby not supported not supported
Rubinius not supported not supported
IronRuby not supported not supported

Warning: Ruby 1.8.6 releases before p420 contain a XSS vunerability in webrick. See CVE-2010-0541.

Support for Ruby 1.8.6 is probably going to be dropped soon. For new setups you are advised to use a Ruby 1.8.7 compatible interpreter.

Required Libraries

In addition to the basic ruby, you need some required libraries (called rubygems) which provide some of the core functionality offered by ChiliProject. Make sure your system has the exact versions of these components installed. If not specified otherwise the exact stated versions are required.

Requirement ChiliProject Version
current master 1.1.0 — Bell
rails 2.3.5 2.3.5
rack 1.0.1 1.0.1
rake >= 0.8.3 >= 0.8.3
i18n 0.4.2 0.4.2


ChiliProject stores most of its working data inside a database. It supports each the following databases equally well. Choose the one that fits your needs the most.

  • MySQL 5.x
  • PostgreSQL 8.x — Any 8.x version is fully supported. Tests on 9.x are sparse, so use this version on your own risk.
  • SQLite3

For most production deployments, you should choose one of MySQL or PostgreSQL as these are going to be much more performant. For small and sparsely used installations SQLite3 is also sufficient. To later migrate between databases vendors, you can use Taps or some other database agnostic tool.

To connect ChiliProject to the chosen database you need an additional ruby gem which acts as an adapter. For some databases, there are different libraries available and used. As some of the adapters are not maintained anymore you are advised to use one of the preferred gems from the following table. Preferred database adapters are marked with a star ( ).

Requirement ChiliProject Version
current master 1.1.0 — Bell
MySQL mysql (see notes) all versions all versions
mysql2 (see notes) all versions all versions
ruby-mysql (pure ruby version) ??? ???
PostgreSQL pg all versions all versions
postgres-pr (pure ruby version) all versions all versions
SQLite3 sqlite3-ruby all versions all versions

The mysql gem exposes a bug in newer releases of Ruby 1.8.6. In order to make it work, you should either use a Ruby version older than or equal to 1.8.6-p388 or a mysql gem version older than or equal to 2.7. Generally, you are advised to run Ruby 1.8.7 if possibly.

Please be aware, that the mysql2 gem is not as powerful as the mysql gem. In the context of a Rails application it is not able to properly execute the
following rake tasks:

  • db:create and db:create:all
  • db:drop and db:drop:all
  • db:test:prepare

Application Server

Every Ruby on Rails application runs in an environment called application server. These server components which provide the basic HTTP functionality. There are various choices which heavily depend on your operating system end environmental constraints. See the installation guide of your specific operating system for more information.

The most common choices for production deployments are Phusion Passenger (mod_rails) for Linux / UNIX which is a module for the Apache2 or Nginx webserver or Thin on Windows. Although Rails comes with a basic application server called Webrick it is only suitable for development and tests. Never use Webrick in production deployments!

Optional Components

You need some additional software depending on your use-case. For a basic ChiliProject, these components are optional, but might be required for some additional functionality.

Optional Component Description
SCM binaries ChiliProject requires the client binaries for each of the repository types you plan to use. See Repository Administration for more info.
RMagick This gem is the ruby interface to ImageMagick. It is used to export the Gantt charts to PNG format.
ruby-openid This gem is required for using the OpenID authentication. Version 2 or greater is required.

Which version to choose

It is recommended that you install the latest release of ChiliProject. We currently release a new version every 6 months, and these releases are considered very usable and stable.

It is thus recommended to use the stable branch for production deployments. Although we work hard on keeping the code base stable, the master and unstable branches might break from time to time. So use them only if you are deeply familiar with Ruby on Rails and can keep up with the changes. For more information about the branch model used in ChiliProject, see the documentation of the ChiliProject Repository.


  1. Get the ChiliProject source code by either downloading a packaged release or checking out the code repository. Common sources are
  2. Create an empty database and an accompanying user named chiliproject for example.
    • MySQL < 5.0.2
      create database chiliproject character set utf8;
      grant all privileges on chiliproject.* to 'chiliproject'@'localhost' identified by 'my_password';
    • MySQL >= 5.0.2
      create database chiliproject character set utf8;
      create user 'chiliproject'@'localhost' identified by 'my_password';
      grant all privileges on chiliproject.* to 'chiliproject'@'localhost';
    • PostgreSQL
      CREATE ROLE chiliproject LOGIN ENCRYPTED PASSWORD 'my_password' NOINHERIT VALID UNTIL 'infinity';
      CREATE DATABASE chiliproject WITH ENCODING='UTF8' OWNER=chiliproject;
  3. Copy config/database.yml.example.DATABASETYPE (e.g. database.yml.example.mysql) to config/database.yml and edit this file in order to configure your database settings for "production" environment. Valid examples are:
    • MySQL
        adapter: mysql
        database: chiliproject
        host: localhost
        port: 3306
        username: chiliproject
        password: my_password
    • PostgreSQL
        adapter: postgresql
        database: chiliproject
        host: localhost
        port: 5432
        username: chiliproject
        password: my_password
        encoding: utf8
    • SQLite
        adapter: sqlite3
        database: db/production.db
  4. Generate a session store secret.
    rake generate_session_store
  5. Create the basic database structure by running the following command under the application root directory:
    RAILS_ENV=production rake db:migrate
    It will create the database tables and an administrator account.
  6. Insert default configuration data into the database, by running the following command:
    RAILS_ENV=production rake redmine:load_default_data
    This step is optional but highly recommended. It will load default roles, trackers, statuses, workflows and enumerations. If you choose to skip this step, you can later define your own configuration from scratch.
  7. Setting up permissions
    Windows users have to skip this step
    The user who runs ChiliProject must have write permission on the following sub-directories: files, log, tmp, and public/plugin_assets. So assuming you run ChiliProject with a user called chiliproject you need to setup the following permissions:
    mkdir tmp public/plugin_assets
    sudo chown -R chiliproject:chiliproject files log tmp public/plugin_assets
    sudo chmod -R 755 files log tmp public/plugin_assets
  8. Test the installation by running the bundled Webrick web server:
    ruby script/server -e production
    Once Webrick has started, point your browser to http://localhost:3000/. You should now see the application welcome page.
    Webrick is not suitable for normal use, please only use Webrick for testing that the installation up to this point is functional. It is not recommended to use Webrick for anything other than development or testing. Use one of the many other guides in this wiki to setup ChiliProject with a real application server like Phusion Passenger (mod_rails) or Thin.
  9. Use the default administrator account to log in:
    • Login: admin
    • Password: admin
  10. You can now go to Administration to modify the basic application settings. Have a look at the user guide for information on how to configure your new ChiliProject server.