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installer.php 2.0.0 Aug 28, 2019



A single .php file that installs Chevereto in a web server.

  • Checks for system requirements
  • Automatic database setup for cPanel based servers
  • Database checks
  • Post installation procedures
  • JSON based calls
  • Auto-generated nginx server rules


  • PHP 7
  • MySQL 8 (5.6 min) / MariaDB 10
  • Apache (with mod_rewrite) / Nginx

How to use it

  1. Upload the installer.php file to your target public_html folder.
  2. Open your website and follow the steps.

Issues and pull requests

If the installer doesn't work as expected you can open a new issue and report the problem. You must provide details, logs and full server specs. Any issue without a detailed case will be deleted so try to ask like you really want that other human being help you with this.


All functions can be accessed programmatically. The API actions bind from methods defined in the Controller class.

Action Parameters (string) Description
checkLicense license Checks Chevereto license
checkDatabase host, port, name, user, userPassword Checks database credentials and privileges
cPanelProcess user, password Creates a database, database user and grant privileges (cPanel credentials)
download software*, license Download the target software, license needed for software=chevereto
extract software*, workingPath, filePath Extract the downloaded software file (filePath) in the target working path
createSettings host, port, name, user, userPassword Generates app/settings.php containing the database details
submitInstallForm username, email, password, email_from_email, email_incoming_email, website_mode* Submits the installation form at /install
selfDestruct Self-remove the installer.php file
  • *Software: chevereto, chevereto-free
  • *website_mode: community, personal


All requests must be made using HTTP POST to the installer file and must include the action parameter.


POST /installer.php HTTP/1.1
Host: localhost
Content-Type: multipart/form-data


   action: "checkLicense",
   license: "LicenseKeyToCheck"


All responses are in JSON format and use HTTP status codes. Example:

  "code": 200,
  "message": "Downloaded (4.4 MB @6.27MB/s.)",
  "data": {
    "download": {
      "fileBasename": "",
      "filePath": "/var/www/html/"

Nginx server rules

You can generate Nginx server rules on the fly with an HTTP GET.

GET /installer.php?getNginxRules HTTP/1.1
Host: localhost

The response is in plain text and looks like this:

# Chevereto nginx generated rules for http://localhost/
## Disable access to sensitive files
location ~* /(app|content|lib)/.*\.(po|php|lock|sql)$ {
  deny all;
## CORS headers
location ~* /.*\.(ttf|ttc|otf|eot|woff|woff2|font.css|css|js) {
  add_header Access-Control-Allow-Origin "*";
## Upload path for image content only and set 404 replacement
location ^~ /images/ {
  location ~* (jpe?g|png|gif) {
      log_not_found off;
      error_page 404 /content/images/system/default/404.gif;
  return 403;
## Pretty URLs
location / {
  index index.php;
  try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;
# END Chevereto nginx rules
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