Bamboo Invoice on Centos with Nginx

BambooInvoice is free Open Source invoicing software intended for small businesses and independent contractors. It is easy to use and creates pretty good looking invoices.

It is a simple PHP application that is based on the CodeIgniter framework. This means it is really simple to install on a typically LAMP stack. I however use Nginx and could not find any notes on how to configure it. It is pretty typical you can get most of the way by reading any of the Nginx howto documents on the web. Personally, for PHP apps, I use PHP-FPM, so you could use this on Howtoforge to get most of the way. That will get you a working Nginx, PHP and MySQL system.

Download the install file from [] an unzip is in your www folder:

cd /var/www

You next step is to create a database for it along with a user:

GRANT ALL ON bambooinvoice.* TO 'bambooinvoice'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'bambooinvoice';

Now you can edit the config files to point at the database:


Next you need set the base_url in /var/www/bambooinvoices/bamboo_system_files/application/config/config.php. Nothing else is essential in that file, but read the docs in the ZIP file to see what else you want to change.

Now the all important bit (/et/nginx/conf.d/bamboo.conf).

server {
listen 80;

    server_name bamboo.example;
    root /var/www/bambooinvoice/;
    index index.php index.html;
    access_log /var/log/nginx/bamboo_access.log;
    error_log /var/log/nginx/bamboo_error.log;

    location = /robots.txt {
        allow all;
        log_not_found off;
        access_log off;

    # Deny all attempts to access hidden files such as .htaccess, .htpasswd, .DS_Store (Mac).
    location ~ /\. {
        deny all;
        access_log off;
        log_not_found off;
     location / {
         try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$request_uri /index.php;

     location ~ \.php($|/) {
         try_files $uri =404;
         include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;
         fastcgi_index index.php;
         set $script $uri;
         set $path_info "";
         if ($uri ~ "^(.+\.php)(/.+)") {
             set $script $1;
             set $path_info $2;
         fastcgi_param URI $uri;
         # Next two lines are fix the 502 (Bad gateway) error
         fastcgi_buffers 8 16k;
         fastcgi_buffer_size 32k;

         fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $path_info;
         fastcgi_param SCRIPT_NAME $script;
         fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$script;


At first glance, there is nothing out of the ordinary. This is pretty much what Howtoforge gives you. Look more closely and I have added the 3 lines 39-41. This solves a gateway problem I had when creating a client.