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CodeIgniter Installer

General Information

CI Installer is a starting point for giving your downloadable CodeIgniter application an installer.

If you're making a CI app that is designed to be downloaded and self-hosted, CI Installer provides an easy way for the user to get the database structure and configuration in place.

NOTE: This is to be used as a starting point. You will have to customize it to make it work for your application, and you might have to dig into the code a little bit. It's pretty simple, so if you have a basic understanding of PHP you shouldn't have trouble.

General Instructions

  1. Download CI Installer, rename the folder to 'install' and put it in the root directory of your CI install (as a sibling to the /system folder).
  2. Make an SQL dump of your desired database structure and intial data and paste it into assets/install.sql
  3. Open up index.php and change "Your App" in the <title> to your app's name.
  4. If your CI application folder is a sibling of your system folder instead of a child (this is common), do a find/replace to replace 'system/application' with 'application' in each of this project's files.
  5. If you have .htaccess file in CodeIgniter root folder, change the line: RewriteCond $1 !^(index.php|img|css|js|robots.txt|favicon.ico|update.php|install.php) to: RewriteCond $1 !^(index.php|img|css|js|install|robots.txt|favicon.ico|update.php)
  • In index.php, around line 37 change 'welcome' to the URL of the page (in CodeIgniter) that you want the user to be redirected to after installing.
  • Visit and see how it goes.

If you have problems or have recommendations, please file an issue at or else it won't get fixed!


A starting point for building an installer on CodeIgniter, useful for self-hosted web apps that need to have a GUI installer






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