# Install

Installing on a VPS? Check our Root install (LEMP) guide

Make sure that your server meets all the system requirements then do one of the following procedures:

# A. Install using our Installer

The installer is a single .php file which will download and extract the latest release. This is the recommended way to provision Chevereto.

# B. Install via zip

  • Download the latest release
  • Upload all the contents of the chevereto folder to your server (usually in the public_html folder)
  • Go to your target website URL and follow the instructions

# C. Install using Softaculous/Fantastico

If your web hosting includes Softaculous/Fantastico, you can install Chevereto-Free with just one click, it should be available for one-click install under the "Image Galleries" category.

Note: Our paid edition isn't available in these script libraries. However, you can install Chevereto Free and then one-click upgrade it to the paid edition directly from the /dashboard panel.

# D. Install using Docker

Docker allows you to easily install and maintain all the server dependencies with ease by using automated application containers. The ready-to-use Docker images are under nmtan/chevereto (many thanks to Tan Nguyen).

Note: Use the installer tag to use Docker with our paid edition.

# Install issues

Most common install issue is missing system requirements so make sure that you are running a compatible system and that all the data is correct like working MySQL credentials and privileges.

Check our community support in case you need help with the server provisioning

# Settings File

The file app/settings.php contains the application settings like DB credentials and other settings. It may look like this:


$settings['db_host'] = '';
$settings['db_port'] = 'port';
$settings['db_name'] = 'name';
$settings['db_user'] = 'user';
$settings['db_pass'] = 'password';
$settings['db_table_prefix'] = 'chv_';
$settings['db_driver'] = 'mysql';
$settings['debug_level'] = 1;

# Settings Hacks

Code below shows an example on how to override settings that will affect the behavior of the system.

$settings['session.save_path'] = 'absolute_path_to_sessions';
$settings['default_timezone'] = 'timezone identifier';
$settings['https'] = TRUE;
  • Use session.save_path to set the target session directory
  • Use default_timezone to set the right timezone
  • Use https true to always force HTTPS (required if HTTPS isn't auto detected)

# Runtime php.ini configuration

As app/settings.php is loaded everywhere and it is not override by the update procedure, this is the safer place to add runtime php.ini directives using ini_set.