SilverStripe is a web application. This means that you will need to have a webserver and database. We will take you through the setup of the server environment as well the application itself.


Server Requirements

SilverStripe requires PHP 7.1 or newer. It runs on many webservers and databases, but is most commonly served using Apache and MySQL/MariaDB.

If you are setting up your own environment, you'll need to consider a few configuration settings such as URL rewriting and protecting access to certain files. Refer to our server requirements for details.

Quickstart Installation

If you're running Apache with MySQL/MariaDB already, and know your way around webservers, follow these steps to get started. SilverStripe is installed via Composer, a package management tool for PHP that lets you install and upgrade the framework and other modules. Assuming you've got this tool, run the following command to install SilverStripe:

composer create-project silverstripe/installer my-project

Within the newly created my-project folder, point your webserver at the public/ folder. Rename .env.example to .env in your project, and configure your database connection there. See environment variables for available configuration options, e.g. to configure a default CMS login via SS_DEFAULT_ADMIN_USERNAME.

Now you should be able to build your database by running this command:

vendor/bin/sake dev/build

Your website should be available on your domain now (e.g. http://localhost). The CMS login can be accessed at /admin.

Guided Installation

If you are unsure on how this all works, please jump on our lessons. Webserver setup is covered in Lesson 4: Setting up a local dev environment


If you run into trouble, see common-problems or check our community help options.

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