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Installing the Product

This guide will help you through the installation process of phpFox.

Installation is very straight forward, only taking about 15 minutes from uploading the files to logging into your Administration Control Panel (AdminCP).

If you want to save the hassle of installing the product, you're always welcome to order the "Installation Service" and our technicians will do it for you!

We advise that you read this entire documentation to get a greater idea on how to handle the package and solve any issues should they occur.

You will need an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client, if you do not have one you can download Filezilla for Windows/Linux or InterArchy for Mac.
You do not need an in-depth knowledge of PHP programming to install phpFox, but a working knowledge of FTP functions is a plus.

This guide assumes that you have successfully downloaded the latest release from phpFox and have the ZIP file "unzipped".

Preparation & Uploading of phpFox

At this point you should have the zip archive "unzipped", which should have contents similar to those shown in this structure guide:
  • tools/
  • upload/
  • readme.html

Go into the folder "upload/", which should have contents similar to those shown in this structure guide:
  • file/
  • include/
  • install/
  • module/
  • static/
  • theme/
  • favicon.ico
  • htaccess.txt
  • index.php
  • robots.txt

Side note: If you are going to set up a load balanced site please first install the script in only one of your servers (with the load balancer disabled or distributing to only one of the balanced servers), and after the installation is complete copy your phpfox files to the other servers, then you can re enable the load balancer and distribute the load among all the servers.

Rename the file

Next, upload the files and folders within the "upload/" folder to your site using an FTP client. Be sure to overwrite any old files. Do not upload the folder or the contents of the folder "tools" and do not upload the file readme.html

Once that is completed we can move on to the next step.

CHMOD & File Permissions

With the phpFox package there are certain folders and files that need write permission in order to execute certain tasks.

Below you will find the files and folders that must have full write permission and set to 0777 in order for the script to be installed:
  • file/attachment/
  • file/cache/
  • file/css/
  • file/log/
  • file/music/
  • file/pic/ad/
  • file/pic/emoticon/
  • file/pic/emoticon/default/
  • file/pic/event/
  • file/pic/group/
  • file/pic/icon/
  • file/pic/marketplace/
  • file/pic/music/
  • file/pic/pages/
  • file/pic/photo/
  • file/pic/poll/
  • file/pic/app/
  • file/pic/egift/
  • file/pic/quiz/
  • file/pic/subscribe/
  • file/pic/user/
  • file/pic/video/
  • file/pic/watermark/
  • file/static/
  • file/session/
  • file/video/
  • file/gzip/

  • include/setting/server.sett.php

Once you have completed CHMODING all the needed files and folders continue to the next step.

Using the Web-Installer

An installer is provided to assist you in entering the information phpFox needs to connect to your SQL database.

Run the installer file through your web browser by entering the URL into your browser address bar (if you have followed our example, type in, naturally substituting '' for your web address.)

Then follow these steps:

Step 1: Verification

We first check if the domain you are attempting to install the product on currently has a valid product license. There are several ways you can run a licensed product. You can run it on a licensed domain, which you provide the full path to where the software will be installed. You can also run a test site only for development purposes in a folder, sub-domain or localhost. The folder or sub-domain name must be called "phpfoxdev" or "development" and must be access protected. Here are some examples: or (Live Development Server) or (Live Development Server)
http://localhost/ or (Local Server) (IP to Your Development Server)

Step 2: License Agreement

Abide to the License Agreement to continue to the next step.

Step 3: Requirement Check

Step 3 will consist of checking your server if it meets the software requirements and all the required files/folders have the correct permissions.

Step 4: Configuration

This step is where you will need to know your SQL username and password. If you do not know it, please ask your web host - in most cases it is different from the FTP log in information.

The form is very straightforward, with only the following points needing closer examination. If you do not know what your "SQL Host" is, try "localhost" (without the quotes). If the SQL server is on the same server as your website (and in most cases it is) this will suffice. If you have created a new database for phpFox, or wish to use an existing database, enter the name of the database in the appropriate field.

Video Module Configuration

These settings are optional and only should be filled if you plan to use the video module. The script will attempt to find the correct paths for both FFMPEG and MENCODER, however you should verify if they are correct with your host. If at any time these settings are incorrect you can change them directly from the AdminCP at a later time.

Step 5: Installer

The installer will now be automated until the final step. It will install all the required database tables and insert any data into each of the tables depending on what modules are being installed.

Step 6: Administrators Account

Fill out the form to create your administrators account.

Step 7:Configure the file permission as follow:

File: include/setting/server.sett.php to be 444 (not writable)
Folder: file file/ to be 555 (only the folder "file")
Also, will be required to delete the folder "install"

Step 8: Complete

Congratulations phpFox is installed!