Installing SocialEngine PHP

  • Only available for SocialEngine PHP self hosted.

    Before proceeding with this tutorial, please ensure that your server meets the minimum requirements required for SocialEngine for the version you are installing, you have a valid SocialEngine license, FTP access to your server and access to a MySQL database.


    You can download a copy of SocialEngine from the client area of our website:

    ​Upload SocialEngine

    • Create a directory on your server where SocialEngine will be placed (e.g. "/socialnetwork") or, if you wish, you can simply use your existing HTTP root directory (e.g. "/httpdocs", "/public_html")
    • Download the SocialEngine4 ZIP file and extract its contents to your computer.
    • Upload all the extracted files to your server.
    • Point your browser to the directory where your SocialEngine files were uploaded (e.g. "", "").

    Install Wizard

    Step 1: Check Requirements

    Most of the requirements listed on this page should already be met if your server meets the minimum requirements required by SocialEngine. If your server does not meet the minimum requirements, please contact your hosting provider.

    If you are using a Unix server (or Unix variant, like Linux, OS X, FreeBSD, etc.), 777 permissions must be applied to the following directories:

    • /install/config
    • /temporary
    • /public
    • /application/themes
    • /application/packages
    • /application/languages
    • /application/settings/

    To apply permissions to these directories manually, login over FTP and recursively set the permissions of the directories listed above to 777. To have SocialEngine set the permissions for these directories automatically, click on the "do it automatically" link.

    Select your connection type.

    If you select FTP/FTPS as your connection type, enter your FTP information and click “Continue”.

    NOTE: If you are not sure what the path is to your SocialEngine installation directory, set the FTP Path to "/" and select "Search for SocialEngine Path". The installation wizard will automatically find the correct file path to your SocialEngine installation directory.

    If you select “None” as your connection type, enter the path to your SocialEngine installation directory click “Continue."

    After SocialEngine has found and set the necessary permissions, click the “Retry Requirements Test” button to check the requirements once more.

    Step 3: Setup Database

    Enter your database information and click "Continue".

    If SocialEngine is able to connect to your database, click the "Continue" button to proceed.

    If SocialEngine is able to create your database tables successfully, click the "Continue" button to proceed to step 4.

    Step 4: Create Admin Account

    Enter the name of your SocialEngine website, Admin Email, Admin Password, and Admin Profile Address and click “Continue”


    Congratulations! SocialEngine has been installed successfully. You are now ready to login to your SocialEngine administration system and build your social network.

    Nice work! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need further tutorials.