ProcessWire software requirements

ProcessWire is easy to install and use—you can be up and running in less than 5 minutes!

Our requirements are simple and consistent with the environment already provided by most web hosting providers. As a result, chances are you don't even need this list of requirements, but it's here just in case you are setting up your own server and starting from scratch. This is also the environment you will find when installing MAMP (Mac) or WAMP (Windows), for example.

  • A Unix or Windows-based web server running Apache (and others, see next section)
  • PHP version 5.4 or newer with PDO database support (PHP 7+ preferable)
  • MySQL or MariaDB, 5.0.15 or greater (5.5+ preferable)
  • Apache must have mod_rewrite enabled (when applicable)
  • Apache must support .htaccess files (when applicable)
  • PHP's bundled GD 2 library (ImageMagick also supported)

Using non-Apache servers

While our official support is just for Apache, ProcessWire is also able to run on any non-Apache server with a few adjustments. For instance, we are aware of several instances using nginx, IIS and other web server software. In order to do this, you must be able to setup the appropriate equivalent to the .htaccess file for your web server (for instance IIS uses a web.config file). Visit and/or search our forum for help. When translating rules from our .htaccess file to another format, please be especially mindful of security and ensuring that all rules translate correctly.

Recommended but not required

  • We recommend running the latest stable PHP version, when available
  • Multi-byte string support compiled with PHP (mbstring)
  • PHP short tags setting turned on

Installing ProcessWire 3.x

See our new installation guide or upgrade guide.

Twitter updates

  • ProcessWire 3.0.174 core updates: improvements to the new path/URL hooks and more— More
    12 March 2021
  • ProcessWire 3.0.173 adds several new requested features and this post focuses on one of my favorites: the ability to hook into and handle ProcessWire URLs, independent of pages— More
    5 March 2021
  • This week ProcessWire gained powerful new tools for finding pages and controlling how they are loaded. If you like to maximize performance and efficiency, you’ll like what 3.0.172 brings— More
    5 February 2021

Latest news

  • ProcessWire Weekly #356
    In the 356th issue of ProcessWire Weekly we'll cover the latest core updates (ProcessWire 3.0.173), introduce new third party modules RockCalculator and RockIframe, and take a closer look at a brand new site of the week. Read on!
    Weekly.pw / 6 March 2021
  • ProcessWire 3.0.173 core updates: New URL hooks
    ProcessWire 3.0.173 adds several new requested features and this post focuses on one of my favorites: the ability to hook into and handle ProcessWire URLs, independent of pages.
    Blog / 5 March 2021
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