Installation Use one of the following methods to get started with Winter CMS

System Requirements

The following requirements are needed to run Winter CMS

  • A website server (Apache, Nginx, IIS, Lighttpd)
  • A database server (MySQL/MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SQL Server or SQLite)
  • PHP version 7.2 or higher
  • The following PHP extensions must be installed and enabled:
    • Curl
    • GD
    • Mbstring
    • OpenSSL
    • PDO (and a relevant driver for your database server)
    • SimpleXML
    • Zip

Web Installer

For users who just want Winter CMS now

Our Web-based installer provides the simplest, and quickest, method to get a fully functioning Winter CMS project online and started. Simply download and extract a Zip file on your server, navigate to the install URL, follow a couple of steps in the Installer, and you're away!

Download the Web Installer


  • Download and extract the Zip file above into an empty folder on your web server. The folder must be accessible through a domain, subdomain or subfolder.
  • Grant write permissions to all files and folders that were extracted.
  • In your web browser, navigate to the URL pointing to your folder, then add /install.html to the end of the URL.
  • Follow the instructions provided by the Installer to configure and install Winter CMS.


For users who want more control over installation

Winter CMS is fully compatible with Composer, the de-facto standard for PHP package management.

With Composer, you have full control over the installation of Winter CMS, allowing you to set up your Winter CMS install, download your necessary plugins and themes immediately and even use automated tools to streamline your development setup and deployment.

Getting all the files and dependencies of Winter CMS through the command line is as simple as:

composer create-project wintercms/winter mywinter

Once you have all the files, you can configure Winter CMS just the way you like.

More info on installing through Composer


For users of managed hosting environments

Softaculous is an app installer suite present by default on many website control panels such as cPanel, Plesk, H-Sphere, DirectAdmin, and Interworx.

Search for Winter CMS in your website control panel under the Softaculous section or click below to install directly with Softaculous.

Install via Softaculous

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Released November 13, 2021
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