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DNN Platform Requirements

DNN Platform Requirements

The following information applies to DNN Platform 9.4.0 and later.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 or Later
  • Microsoft Azure App Service (PaaS)


The Microsoft IIS feature must be installed/enabled

.NET Framework

  • 4.7.2 Minimum

Database Server

DNN Platform requires a single Microsoft SQL Server database and supports all current editions of Microsoft SQL Server including.

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 (supported with DNN 8.0.4+)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019
  • Microsoft Azure SQL Database


Although DNN products can utilize any edition of SQL Server production environments should consider possible performance limitations if using Express editions of SQL Server.


  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • IE 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari for Mac


DNN products are tested on the latest browser versions at the time of release. Although untested, older browsers could still work.

Developer IDEs

For creating extensions:

  • Visual Studio 2017
  • Visual Studio 2019
  • Visual Studio 2022


Starting with DNN 9.4.0, .NET Framework 4.7.2+ is required, however, it is still possible to use older versions of Visual Studio, and .NET Framework for extension development. The minimum version for extension development is dependent upon the targeted DNN Minimum Version.

For contributing to DNN Platform:

  • Visual Studio 2017
  • Visual Studio 2019
  • Visual Studio 2022

Recommended Environment

  • Most current Windows & IIS Environment Possible
  • Most Current SQL Server Available, minimum recommendation of SQL Server 2016
  • For developers: SQL Developer Editions provide the best flexibility
  • For developers: Visual Studio 2022

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