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 3.0.180 core updates– More
    18 June 2021
  • Today a new version of FormBuilder has been released in the FormBuilder support board (our 50th version) and it has a lot of interesting new features, which we’ll take a closer look at in this post— More
    11 June 2021
  • ProcessWire 3.0.179 adds great new admin theme customization tools that put you in full control over the Uikit admin styles— More
    28 May 2021

Latest news

  • ProcessWire Weekly #371
    In the 371st issue of ProcessWire Weekly we'll check out ProcessWire 3.0.180, introduce a new module called Flowti Page Serializer, highlight some recent forum posts and tutorials, and more. Read on!
    Weekly.pw / 19 June 2021
  • ProcessWire FormBuilder v50 updates
    Today a new version of FormBuilder has been released in the FormBuilder support board (our 50th version) and it has a lot of interesting new features, which we'll take a closer look at in this post.
    Blog / 11 June 2021
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“We were really happy to build our new portfolio website on ProcessWire! We wanted something that gave us plenty of control on the back-end, without any bloat on the front end - just a nice, easy to access API for all our content that left us free to design and build however we liked.” —Castus, web design agency in Sheffield, UK