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Note: You are currently reading the documentation for Bolt 4.0. Looking for the documentation for Bolt 3.6 instead?

With the release of Bolt 4 stable, there will be a number of ways to install the application. For now, we recommend the composer create-project as the fastest way to get an installation of Bolt up and running. If you don't have composer yet, see here.

Set up a new Bolt 4 project, using the following command, replacing myprojectname with your desired project's name.

composer create-project bolt/project myprojectname

Navigate into the newly created folder, and configure the database in .env or your environment variables:

# SQLite (note: THREE slashes, if the path is absolute!)



You can read more information about configuring the database here.

After configuring the Database, run bin/console bolt:setup. This will create and initialise the Database for you, then lets you create the first user, and add some dummy content ("fixtures") to the database.

Alternatively, run the following commands in sequence to do it step by step:

# In one go
bin/console bolt:setup

# As separate steps
bin/console doctrine:database:create
bin/console doctrine:schema:create
bin/console bolt:add-user
bin/console doctrine:fixtures:load

Run Bolt using the built-in webserver, Symfony CLI, Docker or your own preferred webserver:

bin/console server:start


symfony server:start -d
symfony open:local


make docker-install

Finally, open the new installation in a browser. If you've used one of the commands above, you'll find the frontpage at

The Bolt admin panel can be found at

Log in using the credentials you created when setting up the first user.

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