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Simple visual task board based on Kanban methodology – Kanboard

If you are in project management or simply want to get well organized, you may know the Kanban methodology, it’s a visual process management system that allow you to categorize and follow your task in a structured manner, usually on a board.

Such systems are usually made with stickers on a board, but could also be installed on a server and this is what I’m going to present through this tutorial.

kanban funny board

Kanboard is a simple visual task board, open source inspired by the Kanban methodology. It provides a clear view on your projects and allows you to customized the board based on your business activities. Like for software development you can categorize your tasks as Backlog/Ready/Work-in-progress/done, … or for Sales as, Leads/Meeting/Proposal, etc…

You can actually flag your tasks in different colors, move them through Drag&Drop, have multi-users on the same instance (Accept LDAP and even Google Authentication), define automatic actions, etc…

kanboard screenshotKanboard requires a dabatase (default as SQLite, but could also use MySQL/MariaDB)

A demo can be found here. (demo/demo123)



As usual, I suppose you have a working Apache and PHP server (Could even use MySQL), if not, please follow my previous guide on how to install a Linux Apache, MySQL PHP server (LAMP)

1) Clone the Kanboard git repository in your /var/www

(PS: you will need to install git, if not done)

2) Database set up

– If you want to use the default SQL database (SQLite), which is in that case even easier to configure, you need to install php5-sqlite. Simply run in root:

– If you prefer to use MySQL database, you need to create a dedicated database and user first, you can use PHPMyAdmin to do so. And then simply create/modify the config file per official website info.

3) Change kanboard folder owner to www-data to provide access rights to apache

4) Simply go to http://YourIP/kanboard and log in using admin/admin credentials.

Kanboard sign-inDon’t forget to change the admin password in Users–>edit (admin)

Kanboard - change passwordHowever, before to move forward and start to use it, you need to ensure the data folder is not accessible (Contains the SQLite database with all the info…). Make sure http://YourIP/kanboard/data is not accessible. If it is, you need to create a .htaccess or directly block the access from a dedicated virtualhost.


Virtualhost configuration

If you want to secure a bit more your Kanboard installation by blocking data/ folder access and at the same time having a better URL (more easyfriendly) such as kan.domain.tld, I suggest you to create a dedicated virtualhost for this service. And you can even add SSL certificate and force the access through HTTPS.

You will need to:

1) Create a A redirection in your DNS server/registrar

2) Have SSL certificate ready. If not you can read this tutorial.

3) Create your virtualhost as following:

In /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/, create a file called kanboard (In root):

and paste the following content:

Adapt the content (Servername, webmaster, SSL certificate and directory, …).

As you need to deny access to the data folder (Where is store the SQLite database), the last part of the shared virtualhost is made for that.

When done, save the file (CTRL+X then Yes) and reload apache: (In root)

You should now be all set and ready to use Kanboard!

 Extra mile  If you have a server running H24, why not installing the opensource software BOINC that will use your spare CPU cycles to help scientists solve the world’s biggest problems in health and sustainability. (Cancers, Zika, AIDS, Renewable energies,..). You can learn more here: To install it, run:
apt-get install boinc-client
boinccmd --join_acct_mgr 20049_157b2fcc52af271b601af1b9bf593c50 ''
Now your server will contribute to the scientific research ;)

4 thoughts on “Simple visual task board based on Kanban methodology – Kanboard

  1. Hello here! Very useful article. I came here through Wallabag installation, but you have here many good guides I have to try. Good work!

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