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How to install Grocy with Apache on Debian 10

This took me longer than I'd like to admit, but, to be honest, their documentation is not on point.

Grocy is a web-based self-hosted groceries & household management solution for your home.

I already have a few services running on my home server, sitting behind my faithful Apache, accessible from a custom domain.

I don't want it running as a subdomain. Every explanation I found assumes that.

TL:DR: If you want Grocy running behind an Apache proxy, on your own subdomain, set it up like this:

  • Get Grocy:
$ cd /tmp
$ wget https://releases.grocy.info/latest
$ sudo unzip latest -d /var/www/html/grocy/
  • Copy the Grocy configuration file and change it to your liking:
$ sudo cp /var/www/html/grocy/config-dist.php /var/www/html/grocy/data/config.php
  • The important settings here are:
Setting('BASE_PATH', '');
Setting('BASE_URL', '/');
Setting('DISABLE_URL_REWRITING', false);

And they should be setup just like that for what we are looking to accomplish.

  • Create a configuration file in Apache for Grocy:
$ sudo vim /etc/apache2/sites-available/grocy.home.your-domain.pt.conf
  • Adapt the following to your configuration. The relevant part here is the DocumentRoot, and the Directory. Don't forget to set the full path to the Grocy public folder:
<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName grocy.home.your-domain.pt
    ServerAdmin your-name@your-domain.pt
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/grocy/public
    ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/grocy-error.log
    CustomLog /var/log/apache2/grocy-access.log combined

<Directory /var/www/html/grocy/public>
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    AllowOverride All
    Require all granted
  • Enable the site:
$ sudo a2ensite grocy.home.your-domain.pt
  • Reload Apache:
$ sudo systemctl reload apache2

And your instance if running on http://grocy.home.your-domain.pt!

I've made a few assumptions here (you have your own local domain, have Apache already setup with PHP, etc), but I hope is helpful to someone.

Maybe later I'll update this post with a more detailed explanation.