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Pimcore Installation

The following guide assumes your're using a typical LAMP environment, if you're using a different setup (eg. Nginx) or facing a problem, please visit the Installation Guide section.

1. System Requirements

Please have a look at System Requirements and ensure your system is ready for Pimcore.

2. Install Pimcore Sources

The easiest way to install Pimcore is from your terminal using our installer package. We additionally provide a Composer based install guide and of course you can install Pimcore also without the help of the command line using your favorite tools (SFTP, ...).

Change into the root folder of your project (please remember project root != document root):

cd /your/project

Pimcore is offering 2 installation packages for different use-cases:

Version Description
Latest Release The latest release version of Pimcore. Good choice for all purposes ;-)
Nightly Build Daily released version. Shouldn't be used in production but ok for development.

Download a Package:

wget https://pimcore.com/download-5/pimcore-latest.zip -O pimcore-install.zip

Unzip the installer package into the current folder (project root):

unzip pimcore-install.zip

Point the document root of your vhost to the newly created /web folder out of the ZIP archive (eg. /your/project/web). Keep in mind, that Pimcore needs to be installed outside of the document root. Specific configurations and optimizations for your webserver are available here: Apache, Nginx

Pimcore requires write access to the following directories (relative to your project root): /var, /web/var and /pimcore (Details)

No CLI? Click Latest Release or Nightly Build to download the package with your browser and extract/upload Pimcore manually on your server (outside document root!).

3. Create Database

mysql -u root -p -e "CREATE DATABASE project_database charset=utf8mb4;"

For further information please visit out DB Setup Guide

4. Launch Pimcore and Finish Installation

Web installer

Finish the Pimcore installation by accessing the URL (eg. https://your-host.com/install) in your web browser.

  1. Fill in the required fields (database + admin user)
  2. Press Check Requirements to check if your system is ready for Pimcore
  3. Click Install Now!
  4. Remove the file web/install.php as it isn't needed anymore

CLI installer

Alternatively, you can use the CLI installer to install pimcore. The installer will guide you through the installation interactively.

$ bin/install pimcore:install

Every parameter can be set as option to make the install automated. The --no-interaction flag will avoid any interactive prompts:

$ bin/install pimcore:install --profile demo-basic \
  --admin-username admin --admin-password admin \
  --mysql-username username --mysql-password password --mysql-database pimcore5 \

To avoid having to pass sensitive data (e.g. DB password) as command line option, you can also set each parameter as env variable. See bin/install pimcore:install --help for details. Example:

$ PIMCORE_INSTALL_MYSQL_USERNAME=username PIMCORE_INSTALL_MYSQL_PASSWORD=password bin/install pimcore:install \
  --profile demo-basic \
  --admin-username admin --admin-password admin \
  --mysql-database pimcore5 \

Please also remove the web/install.php file after the installation is complete.

Preconfiguring the installer

You can preconfigure the values used by the installer by adding a config file which sets values for profile and database credentials. This is especially useful when installing Pimcore on platforms where credentials are available via env vars instead of having direct access to them. To preconfigure the installer, add a config file in app/config/installer.yml (note: the file can be of any format supported by Symfony's config, so you could also use xml or php as format) configure the pimcore_installer tree:

# app/config/installer.yml

        profile: demo-basic
            user:                 username
            password:             password
            dbname:               pimcore5
            # env variables can be directly read with the %env() syntax
            # see https://symfony.com/blog/new-in-symfony-3-2-runtime-environment-variables
            host:                 %env(DB_HOST)%
            port:                 %env(DB_PORT)%

You can also configure the installer to not copy the profile files or to symlink them (useful for development). See the full tree of available options:

# output of bin/install config:dump-reference pimcore_install

# Default configuration for extension with alias: "pimcore_install"

    # Shows an info message on the installation screen
    info_message:         null

        # Defines if profile files should be installed. If this is false, only the DB will be installed.
        install:              true

        # Symlink files instead of copying them
        symlink:              false

        # The install profile to use
        profile:              null
            user:                 ~
            password:             ~
            dbname:               ~
            host:                 ~
            port:                 ~
            unix_socket:          ~

Debugging installation issues

The installer writes a log in var/installer/logs which contains any errors encountered during the installation. Please have a look at the logs as a starting point when debugging installation issues.

5. Maintenance Cron Job

*/5 * * * * /your/project/bin/console maintenance

Keep in mind, that the cron job has to run as the same user as the web interface to avoid permission issues (eg. www-data).

5.1 Add some randomness (optional)

In case you've got multiple Pimcore Projects on one (Development-)Server, you can add some randomness to the start times of the cron Jobs to mitigate the risk of multiple tasks starting in parallel.

# We need bash since RANDOM is a bash builtin

*/5 * * * * sleep $[ ( $RANDOM % 120 ) + 1 ]s ; /your/project/bin/console maintenance

6. Additional Information & Help

If you would like to know more about installation process or if you are having problems getting Pimcore up and running, visit the Installation Guide section.

7. Further Reading

Next up - Directories Structure