Silverstripe requires PHP 7.4 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.
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
Now create a
.env file your project root (not the
public/ folder). It sets up the minimum
required environment variables. Replace the placeholders as required:
SS_DATABASE_CLASS="MySQLDatabase" SS_DATABASE_NAME="<database>" SS_DATABASE_SERVER="localhost" SS_DATABASE_USERNAME="<user>" SS_DATABASE_PASSWORD="<password>" SS_DEFAULT_ADMIN_USERNAME="admin" SS_DEFAULT_ADMIN_PASSWORD="password" SS_ENVIRONMENT_TYPE="<dev|test|live>"
Now you should be able to build your database by running this command:
Your website should be available on your domain now (e.g.
http://localhost). The CMS login can be accessed at
For more information on how to maintain your installation or install projects, check out Using Silverstripe with Composer.