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Open Source FAQs

FAQs to learn about Open Source.
Lavanya R
12 Jan, 2024 - Updated 6 months ago
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Open Source FAQs

Where is the source code available for the different Open Source versions?
Ans. Click here to see the source code for all Open Source versions.

How can I install the Open Source version?
 The following are the prerequisites for installing Open Source in Vtiger CRM: 
  • Apache 2.1+
  • MySQL 5.1+
    • storage_engine = InnoDB
    • local_infile = ON (under [mysqld] section)
    • sql_mode = empty (or NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION) for MySQL 5.6
  • PHP 5.2+, 7.0+
    • php-imap
    • php-curl
    • php-xml
    • memory_limit (min. 256MB)
    • max_execution_time (min. 60 seconds)
    • error_reporting (E_ERROR & ~E_NOTICE & ~E_STRICT & ~E_DEPRECATED)
    • display_errors = OFF
    • short_open_tag = OFF
  • Hardware: 4 GB RAM, 250 GB Disk (for file attachments)
Follow the steps to install Open Source in Vtiger CRM:
  1. Configure your LAMP, WAMP, and MAMP setup.
  2. Extract the files from the Vtiger CRM zip folder.
  3. Move it to the web folder or document root directory of your website. Ensure that the Apache process owner has write access to the web folder. 
  4. Visit http://yourserver.tld/index.phpThe local host opens. A Vtiger Installation Wizard opens.
  5. Click Install
  6. Click I agree to agree to Vtiger License's terms and conditions.
  7. Click Next. Are you sure you want to proceed message appears. 
  8. Click OK. A System Configuration window opens.
  9. Enter or select the following Database information:
    1. Host Name: Enter the host name.
    2. User Name: Enter the Database name.
    3. Enable Create new Database
      1. Enter Root Username.
      2. Enter the Root password.
  1. Enter or select the Admin User Information:
    1. UserName: Enter the UserName.
    2. Password: Enter the Password.
    3. Retype Password: Retype the Password.
    4. First Name: Enter the First Name.
    5.  Last Name: Enter the Last Name.
    6.  Email: Enter the Email.
    7.  Click Next. A Confirm Configuration Settings window opens.
    8. Click Next. A One Last Thing window opens.
      1. Name: Enter your Name.
      2. Email: Enter your Email.
      3. Click Next. An Installation in progress appears.
Once installed, the Vtiger page opens.   

How can I register for the Vtiger Open Source?
​​​​​​Ans.  You can register for the Open Source by clicking here.
How can I contribute to the Vtiger Open Source?
​​​​​​Ans. You can contribute to the Vtiger Open Source by filing issues, submitting bug fixes, and developing extensions.
  • Click here to File Issues.
  • Click here to submit bug fixes.
Follow the below steps to Develop Extensions:

Note: To file issues, submit bug fixes, and create extensions, you need to register and create an account with Vtiger Open Source.

How can I use the Phone Calls module in Open Source?
Ans. Vtiger Open Source comes with PBX Manager installed, which allows you to make phone calls. You can also search the Marketplace for other connectors that you might want to integrate.

Does Open Source support Print templates?    
Ans. Yes, it is supported. Vtiger Open Source supports Print Templates. It is not available by default, and you have to install it by Vtiger Marketplace. 

Can I integrate the Open Source with 3rd party applications using API?
Ans.  Yes, you can integrate Open Source using the REST APIs. Click here to know more.

How do I set up the Mail Manager in Open Source?
​​​​​Ans. Follow these steps to set up Mail Manager in Open Source:
  1. Log in to the Vtiger Open Source.
  2. Click Main Menu.
  3. Go to Mail Manager
  4. Click Configure Mailbox. A Create Mailbox window opens.
  5. Enter or select the following information:
    1. Select Account: Select the account from the drop-down.
    2. Mail server name or IP: Enter imap.gmail.com as the server name.
    3. Username: Enter the Username 
    4. Password: Enter a password(follow the steps below to get a password):
      1. Go to your Google account
      2. Navigate to security
      3. Go to 2-step verification (it is mandatory). Scroll to the bottom of the screen. You will find the App password.
      4. Copy the App password. (Paste it in the password field - Step-5d).​​​​​
    5. Click Save.

Why should I set up the Outgoing server?
You must set up the Outgoing server to send mail via the CRM.

How do I set up the Outgoing server?                                                                                    
Ans. Follow these steps to set up the Outgoing server:
  1. Log in to the Vtiger Open Source instance.
  2. Click Main Menu.
  3. Go to Settings.
  4. Click Configuration
  5. Click Outgoing server
  6. Click Outgoing Server
  7. Click Edit.
  8. Enter or select the following:
    • Server Type: Gmail
    • Server Name: ssl://smtp.gmail.com:465
    • Username: Your Gmail ID
      1. To get the password, please follow the below steps:
        1. Go to your Google account
        2. Navigate to security
        3. Go to 2-step verification (it is mandatory). Scroll to the bottom of the screen. You will find the App password.
    • Password: Paste the App password.
    • Email: Enter your From Email address.
    • Enable the checkbox for Requires Authentication.
    • Click Save.
How do I get support from the Vtiger technical team for any issues?
Ans.  We offer audit services. If you need help using open-source software, please reach out to support@vtiger.com.

How do I configure the Customer Portal?
Ans. Follow these steps to configure the Customer Portal:
  1. Log in to Vtiger Open Source.
  2. Go to Projects.
  3. Click Customer Portal.
  4. Select the customer portal file from here.
  5. Click Download.
  6. Copy the file to the root directory of the source file.
  7. Create the config.php file.
  8. Add crm.url as a source.
  9. Add portal.url as a customer portal.
  10. Configure the php file with the URL.
Note: Make sure the Outgoing server is configured.
  1. Create a Contact with an Email ID field.
  2. Enable the Portal User.
After that, the username and password will be sent to the contact email address.
Where do I go to discuss the Open Source CRM?
Ans. Vtiger Open Source users have a
community of their own to share ideas, information, and issues. Please feel free to participate in discussions with other community members here. 
Note: The Vtiger Open Source team reviews discussions periodically and provides suggestions with the aim of helping customers. 

Where can I find Open Source feature documentation?
Ans. Vtiger provides extensive documentation for its Open Source version. Click here to refer to the documentation.
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