So you decided to try Quanta out? Great Idea!
Installing Quanta on your server is extremely fast and straightforward. Learn with us how to do it in 6 easy steps:
Step 1: verify requisites
Quanta can only be installed on any UNIX-based OS (Linux, OSx, etc.).
Windows / XAMP users, in order to use Quanta, will have to install a VM (VMware, VirtualBox, etc.) (check why?)
Apache 2.4+ or Nginx 1.15+
PHP 5.6+ (PHP 7 strongly advised!)
For Apache users:
the rewrite and headers module must be enabled. When running Apache 2 on Linux, you can normally do that with the a2enmod rewrite ; a2enmod headers commands.
Step 2: download Quanta
Clone our repository in your www folder.
Make sure your webserver has write access into the newly created quanta folder.
Debian example (where the webserver user is www-data):
chmod -R 644 quanta
chown -R www-data quanta
If your are working in a local environment (i.e. on an OSX machine) make sure to use the right username instead of www-data.
Step 3: create a local domain / hostname for your project
This step is necessary if you are running Quanta on a local server (i.e. your own computer), as if you wish to reach your own Quanta installation using a browser, you need a host pointing to your own machine.
In UNIX / OSX you normally find the hosts file at:
An example of configuration could be:
To verify that you had set up the domain correctly, you can open a terminal window and run this command:
This command should respond with the IP address that you have setup in your hosts file.
Step 4: create a Virtual Host and point it to your Quanta folder
Do it the usual way.
In Apache2 you normally do this in:
(apache installation folder)/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf
or in the
(apache installation folder)/sites-available/yoursite.conf
using directives similar to those:
ServerAdmin email@example.com DocumentRoot "/var/www/quanta" ServerName myproject.com ErrorLog "/usr/local/var/log/apache2/quanta-error.log" CustomLog "/usr/local/var/log/apache2/quanta-access.log" combined
Restart Apache (i.e. apache2ctl restart), and you should be all set.
The configuration to be used in Nginx, is contained in the quanta-nginx.conf file, included in your webroot.
Setup a server directive in your Nginx.conf file, and copy-paste the contents of quanta-nginx.conf inside it.
Make sure that you have setup the correct variables:
listen is the port your nginx server is listening on
server_name should be your domain name
root is the system path of your quanta installation folder (not your specific quanta site folder!)
fastcgi params (i.e. fastcgi_pass) should be adapted (or even removed), according with your Nginx settings.
After doing the above steps, reload nginx (i.e. nginx -s reload) and proceed to the next step.
Step 5: Run the install script
From your Quanta folder, run this command:
./doctor myproject.com setup
(change myproject.com to your domain, of course!).
The Quanta doctor will now do everything for you.
Step 6: Run composer
Composer is an useful tool that will automatically download all Quanta dependencies for you.
After installing composer, while staying in the quanta folder, run:
Well Done! Welcome in your new Quanta site!
If the install was performed correctly, you can now reach your site ( In our example, that would be http://myproject.com ), and you should see your brand new Quanta site's homepage.
Now you can move to the next step: Customizing your first Quanta pages.
Got any problem during the installation process?