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Installing SilverStripe

Getting SilverStripe up and running on your computer and on your web server.

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Couldn't install Silver Stripe 2.3 (branch and trunk) on Windows


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Ryno in Stereo

8 January 2009 at 9:02pm (Last edited: 9 January 2009 2:58pm), Community Member, 8 Posts


I tried installing Silver Stripe in the root directory of a virtual host on Windows machine and I got lots of errors, however when trying to install in a sub-directory, everything was fine.

The errors I think were caused by this code "$_SERVER['SCRIPT_NAME'])" which appears throughout the install file and the rewritetest.php file. When installing into a sub-directory (presume the sub-directory was called silverstripe) the value for $baseURL would be /silverstripe. All good.

But, if you install into the root directory, $baseURL returns a backalsh "\". So, the first major issue this causes is that it can't redirect to the install.php file because the path is \/install.php. The backslash just shouldn't be there.

More info about this behaviour at

So I gave up on my Windows local development machine and installed it on my production Linux server and although it installed fine, I noticed that the redirect path to the install file was //install.php and even though Apache disregards the additional forward slash, it's not meant to be there either.

So unless I've done something wrong, there is a bug when trying on install into the root of a site.


9 January 2009 at 4:13pm Administrator, 685 Posts

We've filed a bug for this here:

Are you trying to install on WAMPServer (ie, Apache) or IIS?

Ryno in Stereo

9 January 2009 at 5:42pm (Last edited: 9 January 2009 5:43pm), Community Member, 8 Posts

I'm using XAMPP 1.70 and created a virtualhost so I could install in the root without mucking up the default webroot (/localhost/)

# Apache HTTPD 2.2.11
# PHP 5.2.8