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Windows with WAMPServer

An easy and reliable approach to getting SilverStripe running on Windows is to use Apache, which can be convieniently done through WampServer. This can be useful if you are deploying on Linux Apache and want a Microsoft Windows machine with a very similar environment.

Note: Installing on Microsoft's IIS webserver through Microsoft WebPI is likely to be easier, see installation-on-windows-pi.

Install WAMP

  1. Download WampServer from
  2. Run the installer. By default, it will install to C:\wamp. You can choose your own install path if you wish; the directories mentioned below will also be different.
  3. Once WampServer has been installed and launched, you will see a little half circle gauge in the task bar, next to the clock. If everything is working, then it will be white. If it's yellow or red, then something is wrong. If you can't see the gauge, then WampServer hasn't been started and you should start WampServer from the start menu.
  4. If something's wrong, this usually means that you have another service on port 80 or port 3306. Here are some common sources of problems to check. After correcting these issues, left-click the gauge and choose 'restart all services'. It might a short while to restart, but the gauge should go to white.

    • You might have IIS running. Check Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Internet Information Services. Ensure that any web site services are stopped.
    • If you run Skype, visit Select "Tools" -> "Options" in Skype's menu. Find an option "Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connection". Make sure that it is de-selected.
  5. Left-click the gauge, then select Apache -> Apache Modules -> Rewrite Module. The gauge will flick to yellow, and then return to white.
  6. Left-click the gauge, then select MySQL -> my.ini. At the very bottom of the file, and add the following to a new line (without the quotes): "lower_case_table_names = 2". Save the file, close Notepad and left-click the gauge, and selected 'Restart all services'. This is used to ease the transition between a Windows-based install and a Linux-based install where case-sensitivity is important.

Install SilverStripe

  • Download the latest SilverStripe installer package
  • Unpack the archive into C:\wamp\www
  • Rename the unpacked directory from C:\wamp\www\silverstripe-vX.X.X to C:\wamp\www\silverstripe
  • Visit http://localhost/silverstripe - you will see SilverStripe's installation screen.
  • You should be able to click "Install SilverStripe" and the installer will do its thing. It takes a minute or two.
  • Once the installer has finished, visit http://localhost/silverstripe. You should see your new SilverStripe site's home page.


Vista's security controls can cause issues. If you have installed on Vista but you're getting errors, there is a chance that SilverStripe does not have sufficient permissions.

Right clicked on the installation folder and go to Permissions > Security > Users > Advanced and give the user full control.

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