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Getting Started / Requirements

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System requirements

  • PHP 7.1.3 or higher
  • Access to SQLite (which comes bundled with PHP), or MySQL or PostgreSQL

PHP requirements

  • A minimum of 32MB of memory allocated to PHP
  • The following common PHP extensions:
    • pdo
    • mysqlnd (to use MySQL as a database)
    • pgsql (to use PostgreSQL as a database)
    • openssl
    • curl
    • gd
    • intl (optional but recommended)
    • json
    • mbstring (optional but recommended)
    • opcache (optional but recommended)
    • posix
    • xml
    • fileinfo
    • exif
    • zip

The following PHP modules are known to conflict with Bolt and it's underlying Symfony components, and must be disabled:

  • Zend Guard Loader
  • ionCube

Tips: A Bolt server must be accessible by a host name or fully qualified domain name (FQDN), for authentication to work. Using `localhost` as the host name also works.

For developing sites, you may add a custom host name for the development server to your own hosts file.

Webserver

Development: You can run Bolt using PHP's built-in webserver, the Symfony client, Docker, XAMPP, MAMP, or pretty much whatever you're used to.

Production: To run a Bolt site in production, you'll need apache with mod_rewrite enabled (.htaccess files) or Nginx. See webserver configuration for details.

Browser requirements

Bolt backend: The Bolt backend is built to work optimally in any modern browser, both on Desktop and Mobile.

Sites built in Bolt: The browser requirements are completely separated for websites that are built with Bolt. The websites you build on Bolt can be modified to be supported in any browser you want.



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