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Here is a quick list of what you need to get started with the installation of PrestaShop 1.67. Should you not feel comfortable with the lack of details, you will find detailed instructions in the sections following this one.

  • System requirements:
    • PHP 57.2 1 or later.
      • Useful settings (in the php.ini file): 
        • allow_url_fopen set to On, 
        • register_globals set to Off,
        • magic_quotes_* set to Off,
        • safe_mode set to Off,
        • upload_max_filesize set to "16M" (or more).
      • Must-have PHP extensions (in the php.ini file): PDO_MySQL CURL, cURLDOM, SimpleXMLFileinfo, mcrypt, GD, OpenSSLIntl, DOMMbstring, SOAPZip, ZipJSON, Iconv.
      • Useful server tools: cron/crontab, Memcached.
    • MySQL 5.0 6 or later.
    • Better if: 
      • Unix/Linux hosting.
      • Apache Web Server 1.3 or later or 2.2 or later or nginx Web Server.
        • Apache module settings: 
          • mod_rewrite enabled, 
          • mod_security disabled,
          • mod_auth_basic disabled.
      • At least 64 256 Mb of RAM dedicated to PHP. The more the better.
  • Access codes to your FTP server, your MySQL database
    • These should be provided by your web host if you are not doing a local installation.
  • Any text editor.
  • Any FTP client.
  • Any modern Web browser (if using Internet Explorer: at least IE8IE9).

You also need to know which URL on your domain you want your store(s) to be accessible from.


Once your set-up is in place, you can use the installation guide:

Detailed set-up instructions


Before downloading or installing anything, you need to provide a home for your PrestaShop online store. That is made of two components: a domain name, and a web server. A domain is the online identifier for your website, such as or myonlineshop.netnet or It is the public face of your web server, and therefore of your store.

You need to buy a domain name for your store. You might get one when you get your web hosting in place: many web hosts offer a free domain with every new account. They might be free for a year, or for as long as you are a client of that web host. This makes it easy to get the full package (hosting+domain name) in one go. For more information about domains, see the list of independent registrars below or follow the link:


There can be an issue with host-provided domain names: if you find yourself not satisfied with the host's service, you will want to switch to a better host. This means moving your files, data and domain name to that other host.

The files and data are easy to move, but depending on the host, you might have a hard time getting your domain name back. Since they bought the domain name for you, technically the domain belongs to them, and they can either forbid you to transfer it to another host, or they can make you pay for it. And since the domain name is your brand and your address on the web, you must obey the web host's rules.

That is why it is often recommended to get your domain name from an independent domain name registrar (see: Technically, you can never buy a domain name; you can only rent it, most of the time for a yearly fee. This gives you the right to use that domain name, but as soon as you stop paying for it, it is not yours anymore and anyone can grab it for himself.

In addition to paying for the domain name registration, you will also have to pay for web hosting. But at least you remain free to move to a better host at any time, for no supplementary fee: you just have to change the domain name’s DNS addresses. Within 24 hours, the change will be spread across the world.


If you would rather get your domain name from an independent registrar, here are some that you can trust:

There are many more. Ask your friends about them!


When choosing your host, remember one crucial requirement: it must provide you with support for PHP 5PHP 7.2 1(or more recent), the programming language with which PrestaShop is written, and MySQL 5.6 (or more recent), the database system where PrestaShop stores all its data. There are more requirements: see the "Technical requirements" section below.

titlePrestaShop Cloud

PrestaShop Inc. can host your online business on its own web servers: our PrestaShop Cloud service was built in order to free merchants from any technical hassle, such as installing or updating PrestaShop.

The service is completely free,for everand for any kind of store. It is highly recommended for businesses with little to no experience with the Internet or computers.

You can create your PrestaShop Cloud account directly on!

Technical requirements


PrestaShop is an application which runs on a web server and is written using the PHP programming language. It stores its data in a MySQL server.

PHP is an open-source programming language, mainly used for web applications. Created in 1995, it has since become the most used programming language by web developers. It uses a C-like syntax, making it easy for developers to learn it.

MySQL is an open-source database management system. Also created in 1995, it has since become the most used database system by web developers. It is based on the SQL language, the most widely used database language.


  • System: Unix, Linux or Windows. Unix is highly recommended.
  • Web server: Apache Web server 12.3 2 or later.
  • PHP 5PHP 7.2 1 or later. You may have to activate PHP 5 (ask your hosting provider).
  • MySQL 5.0 6 or later.
  • At least 64 256 Mb of RAM on your server (128 Mb is more comfy, the more the better).

PrestaShop can also work with Microsoft's IIS Web server 6.0 or later, and nginx 1and nginx 1.0 or later.

More information is available for system administrators in the System Administrators Guide. Make sure to read it!


You will need two tools: a text editor, in order to edit text files, and a FTP client, in order to transfer files from your machine to your server and vice-versa.


Here are a few well-known text editors:


Note that thanks to the multistore feature, you can have as many stores as necessary with a single installation of PrestaShop 1.67, each with its own specific domain name if necessary. You should take that into account when deciding what goes where.
Whatever your plan is, the default store will always reside where PrestaShop itself is located.


Finally, now that all the requirements are in place, you can use the installation guide: