Installation of Grav is a trivial process. In fact, there is no real installation. You have three options for installing Grav. The first - and simplest - way is to download the zip archive, and extract it. The second way is to install with Composer. The third way is to clone the source project directly from GitHub, and then run an included script command to install needed dependencies:

Check for PHP version

Grav is incredibly easy to set up and get running. Be sure you have at least PHP version 5.6.3+ by going to the terminal and typing php -v:

php -v
PHP 7.2.15 (cli) (built: Feb  7 2019 20:10:03) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v7.2.15, Copyright (c) 1999-2018, by Zend Technologies

Option 1: Install from ZIP package

The easiest way to install Grav is to download the ZIP package and extract it:

  1. Download the latest-and-greatest Grav or Grav + Admin package.
  2. Extract the ZIP file in the webroot of your web server, e.g. ~/webroot/grav

There are Skeleton-packages available, which include the core Grav system, sample pages, plugins, and configuration. They are a great way to get started; all you have to do is download the Skeleton-package you prefer, and follow the steps above.

If you downloaded the ZIP file and then plan to move it to your webroot, please move the ENTIRE FOLDER because it contains several hidden files (such as .htaccess) that will not be selected by default. The omission of these hidden files can cause problems when running Grav.

Option 2: Install with composer

The alternative method is to install Grav with composer:

composer create-project getgrav/grav ~/webroot/grav

If you want to check out the bleeding edge version of Grav, add 1.x-dev as an additional parameter:

composer create-project getgrav/grav ~/webroot/grav 1.x-dev

Option 3: Install from GitHub

Another method is to clone Grav from the GitHub repository, and then run a simple dependency installation script:

  1. Clone the Grav repository from GitHub to a folder in the webroot of your server, e.g. ~/webroot/grav. Launch a terminal or console and navigate to the webroot folder:

    cd ~/webroot
    git clone -b master
  2. Install vendor dependencies via composer:

    cd ~/webroot/grav
    composer install --no-dev -o
  3. Install the plugin and theme dependencies by using the Grav CLI application bin/grav:

    cd ~/webroot/grav
    bin/grav install

    This will automatically clone the required dependencies from GitHub directly into this Grav installation.



Using Grav with a web server such as Apache, IIS, or Nginx is as simple as extracting Grav into a folder under the webroot. All it requires to function is PHP 5.6.3 or higher, so you should make sure that your server instance meets that requirement. More information about Grav requirements can be found in the requirements chapter of this guide.

If your web root is, for example, ~/public_html then you could extract it into this folder and reach it via http://localhost. If you extracted it into ~/public_html/grav you would reach it via http://localhost/grav.

Every web server must be configured. Grav ships with .htaccess by default, for Apache, and comes with some default server configuration files, for nginx, caddy server, iis, and lighttpd. Use them accordingly when needed.

Running Grav with the Built-in PHP Webserver Using router.php

You can run Grav using a simple command from Terminal / Command Prompt using the built-in PHP server available to any system with PHP 5.6.3+ installed. All you need to do is navigate to the root of your Grav install using the Terminal or Command Prompt and enter php -S localhost:8000 system/router.php. You can replace the port number (in our example it's 8000) with any port you prefer.

Entering this command will present you with output similar to the following:

php -S localhost:8000 system/router.php
PHP 7.2.15 Development Server started at Sun Feb 17 21:02:14 2019
Listening on http://localhost:8000
Document root is /Users/rhuk/Projects/grav/grav
Press Ctrl-C to quit.

Your terminal will also give you real-time updates of any activity on this ad hoc-style server. You can copy the URL provided in the Listening on line and paste that into your browser of choice to access your site, including the administrator.

This is a useful tool for quick development, and should not be used in place of a dedicated web server such as Apache.

Successful Installation

The first time it loads, Grav pre-compiles some files. If you now refresh your browser, you will get a faster, cached version.

Grav Installed

In the previous examples, $ represents the command prompt. This may look different on various platforms.

By default, Grav comes with some sample pages to give you something to get started with. Your site is already fully functional and you can configure it, add content, extend it, or customize it as much as you like.

Installation & Setup Problems

If any issues are discovered during the initial page load (or after a cache-flush event) you may see an error page:

Grav with Problems

Please consult the Troubleshooting section for help regarding specific issues.

If you have issues with file permissions, please check the Permissions Troubleshooting documentation. Also, you could look at the Hosting Guides documentation that has specific instructions for various hosting environments

Grav Updates

Automatic Updates

The preferred method for updating Grav is to use the Grav Package Manager (GPM). All you need to do is to navigate to the root of your Grav site and type:

bin/gpm selfupgrade -f

Full information can be found in the Grav GPM Documentation. We also have GPM integrated into our Admin Panel plugin which will check, prompt, and automatically install any updates.

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