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.
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 the Tips & Tricks forum or get help on our Slack channel.