To get Zotonic running, you first need to install it. This chapter describes how to install Zotonic manually. Alternatively, you can run Zotonic from one of the Docker images.
First prepare your system for running Zotonic. Zotonic needs:
- Erlang 18 or higher
- PostgreSQL 8.4 or higher
- ImageMagick 6.5 or higher for image resizing
- Git for pulling in external dependencies
a more extensive discussion of all requirements
For instance on Debian you can install the dependencies by running:
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential git erlang imagemagick postgresql
Currently, Zotonic is not officially supported on the Windows platform. However, the main dependencies Erlang, PostgreSQL and ImageMagick do work on Windows, so, if you’re adventurous, it should be possible to get it running.
We have included user-contributed
batch-scripts which used to work on Windows, but have not been kept
up-to-date with recent changes. Expect some major tweaking to get this
back on track.
Download the latest Zotonic release ZIP file from the GitHub releases page. For instance:
$ wget https://github.com/zotonic/zotonic/archive/0.51.1.zip
Then unzip the file and rename the directory:
$ unzip 0.51.1.zip $ mv zotonic-0.51.1 zotonic
Alternatively, clone the latest development version using Git:
$ git clone https://github.com/zotonic/zotonic.git
You then need to compile the Zotonic sources:
$ cd zotonic $ make
Then start Zotonic in debug mode:
$ bin/zotonic debug
Now point your browser to: http://localhost:8000/. You should see a welcome message, ‘Powered by Zotonic’. This is the so-called status website. So far, so good! Now it’s time to create your first site.