IsVipi Open Source Social Networking on Debian Wheezy

What's IsVipi ?

IsVipi is an open source social networking script founded by Jones Baraza in October 2013. The software was developed with the aim of providing an open source platform for individuals who wish to start their own social networks. IsVipi seeks to replicate some of the major functions of the popular social networks like facebook and twitter.

It should however be noted that it will not act as clone of such networks but as an independent platform for revolutionizing the social media.

It is also worthwhile noting that IsVipi’s team of developers is made up of volunteers and web developers who willingly contribute to the development of the script.

Therefore, if you believe that you can contribute in any way, please contact us through the various channels provided, including the forum.

Notes: I'm working with Jones Baraza in this project. I'm translating to Portuguese and soon it'll be done.


Preparing your system

I tested this configuration with the follow script executed in my VM: here do you have many configuration for your Debian Wheezy, such as repository, packets and other things that you need to work as well.

Now we need to update the repositories

aptitude update 

The best thing that we need to do here is upgrade our system with the latest packets.

aptitude dist-upgrade -y

Dependencies installation

We need to install apache2, php5 and MySQL server, you can install this packets with the follow command bellow.

aptitude install apache2 php5 php5-mysql php5-curl php5-mcrypt mysql-server mysql-client php5-gd -y

Above do you need to set up a password for root on MySQL, this password isn't the same that root for Linux Box.

wget -c -O /var/www/

Now we need decompress our packet, with it we need to access the directory that has our packet

cd /var/www/

Now we can decompress our packet with the follow command


Let's rename the isvipi directory

mv isvipi-V1.1.0 isvipi

Let's access the isvipi directory and fix a file

cd isvipi

Here we need to rename htaccess to .htaccess

mv htaccess .htaccess

Now let's change the permissions

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/isvipi && chown www-data:www-data /var/www/

Now let's change the chmod permissions for our files and directories

find /var/www/isvipi -type f -exec chmod 664 {} \;
find /var/www/isvipi -type d -exec chmod 775 {} \;

Now we need to configure the virtual host for isvipi, let use the configuration bellow for it.

vim /etc/apache2/sites-available/isvipi
<VirtualHost *:80>
  ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
  DocumentRoot /var/www/isvipi
  <Directory />
    Options FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride All
  <Directory /var/www/isvipi>
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    AllowOverride All
    Order allow,deny
    allow from all

  ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/isvipi-error.log
  LogLevel warn
  CustomLog /var/log/apache2/isvipi-access.log combined

Now we need to enable rewrite apache module

a2enmod rewrite

Now we need to disable the default website for apache2

a2dissite 000-default

Now we need to enable the isivipi website

a2ensite isvipi

Now we can to reboot the apache web server

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

MySQL configuration

Now we need to configure the MySQL to receive our database for isvipi

mysql -u root -p
Enter password: 
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 43
Server version: 5.5.37-0+wheezy1 (Debian)

Copyright (c) 2000, 2014, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

mysql> CREATE DATABASE isvipi;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON isvipi.* TO isvipi@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'isvipi';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.03 sec)

Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

mysql> QUIT;

IsVipi installation

Now that we configure all pre-requisites we need to install IsVipi.

Please access or http://server_ip

The first page seem with the bellow

Here we need to click in Install

Here we need to put the Database information that we set up 2 step ago like this

  • Database Host: localhost
  • Database Username: isvipi
  • Database Password: isvipi
  • Database Name: isvipi

Now we need to click in proceed

Now we need to set up the information for the main configuration, we can change it after installation.

Now we need to click in Save Settings.

Now we need to configure the admin account

  • Admin Username: admin
  • Admin Email:
  • Admin Password: admin123
  • Repeat Admin Password: admin123

Now we need to click in Save Settings.

Now if everything is ok, we'll get the follow screen.

Here we've the follow links:

Now let's teste the links above

The first one

The second one

Creating an Account

Now we'll create a new account for user Douglas Quintiliano dos Santos

Then access or http://server_ip

Now click on Register

If everything is ok, you'll get the screen above

If you want to enable this account with admin panel, we can access

  • User:
  • Password: admin123..

Now we'll get this screen

Here click on Unvalidated accounts.

On screen above we need to click on Validate

Now we've our account in active such as below

Now click in log out on top of the right corner.

Now in informe your datas and Click on Sign in.

If everything is ok, we'll get this screen bellow

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