Part-DB is a web-based database for managing electronic components and distributed under the GPL-2.0 License.


For this guide you should be familiar with the basic concepts of


We’re using PHP in the stable version 8.1:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ uberspace tools version show php
Using 'PHP' version: '8.1'
[isabell@stardust ~]$

You’ll need your MySQL credentials. Get them with my_print_defaults:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ my_print_defaults client
[isabell@stardust ~]$


cd to your document root, then download the latest release of Part-DB and extract it:


The link to the latest version can be found at the release page.

[isabell@stardust ~]$ cd ~/html/
[isabell@stardust html]$ curl --location | tar -xzf - --strip-components=1
 % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
 100 37.5M  100 37.5M    0     0  5274k      0  0:00:07  0:00:07 --:--:-- 6062k
[isabell@stardust html]$

To install all needed libraries you run composer install:

[isabell@stardust html]$ composer install
Installing dependencies from lock file (including require-dev)
Verifying lock file contents can be installed on current platform.
Package operations: 24 installs, 0 updates, 0 removals
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[isabell@stardust html]$

You have to create the Part-DB Database before configuring Part-DB like described here additional:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ mysql -e "CREATE DATABASE ${USER}_partdb" && echo "Created database ${USER}_partdb"
Created database isabell_partdb
[isabell@stardust ~]$

Now point your browser to your uberspace URL and follow the instructions.

You will need to enter the following information:

  • an initial administrator password: Insert the credentials you want to use for the admin user while installing Part-DB

  • your MySQL hostname, username and password: the hostname is localhost and you should know your MySQL credentials by now. If you don’t, start reading again at the top.

  • your Part-DB database name from the previous step

The installation wizard will prompt you to initialize the database and you will have to change the admin password afterwards.


To create a backup of the installation you need the data folder and the database. To backup the data directory you copy it into your home:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ cp --recursive ~/html/data ~/data
[isabell@stardust ~]$

To create a backup of your database you dump it into a file:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ mysqldump ${USER}_partdb > partdb_backup.sql
[isabell@stardust ~]$


You restore the database from the backup as follows:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ mysql --database=${USER}_partdb < partdb_backup.sql
[isabell@stardust ~]$


If you get an error like “ERROR 1049 (42000): Unknown database ‘test_partdb’” you have to create the databse as described in the installation instructions.

The data directory can just be moved into the documentroot.


To update Part-DB you create a backup as described above, reinstall the new version and restore your old data.

Tested with Part-DB 0.6.0, Uberspace 7.13, and PHP 8.1

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