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This version is built for 4.8. For the latest version please use the main branch


Foundation offers a starting point that is intuitive, well-structured and modular allowing developers to select Episerver products as projects to include or exclude from their solution. Including as of now projects for CMS, Commerce, Personalization, Find and Social, with the rest to follow.

For documentation on Episerver Foundation, see the documentation repository. Note that this is till work-in-progress.

You can request a demo of the project by one of our Episerver experts on Get a demo.

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System requirements

See also the general Episerver system requirements on Episerver World.

Pre-installation set-up

SQL server

  1. In Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, connect to your SQL server: SQL server login
  2. Right-click on your server and select Properties.
  3. Under Security, make sure that SQL Server and Windows Authentication mode is selected: SQL server authentication

IIS settings

How to find the IIS settings depends on the system where you are running IIS.

  1. Go to your IIS settings. If you are running IIS locally on your Windows machine, you find these under Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off.
  2. Check that the following features have been enabled:
  • Under Application Development:
    • ASP .NET
    • NET Extensibility
    • ASP
    • ISAPI Extensions
    • ISAPI Filters
  • Common HTTP Features (Installed) node (all are required):
    • Static Content (Installed)
    • Default Document (Installed)
    • Directory Browsing (Installed
    • HTTP Errors (Installed) (Installed)
    • HTTP Redirection
  • Under the Performance (Installed) node:
    • Static Content Compression (Installed)
    • Dynamic Content Compression (Installed)
  • Under the Security (Installed) node:
    • URL Authorization (Installed)

IIS settings


The installation files on GitHub contain a batch file that will install the Foundation project with all products and set up an empty demo site. After the installation, you can fetch demo content from a remote repository to create a Mosey demo site, a fictitious fashion retail company.

  1. Download the ZIP file from the Foundation project's master branch on GitHub and extract the files, or clone the project from GitHub to a local folder using the command prompt and the git command git clone foundation (the foundation part specifies the folder where to put the files):

Download ZIP file

Download Zip file

Or clone project using Git

Clone project

Note: It is recommended that you store the project in a folder directly under C:, in a folder where your user has full access rights:

Folder access rights

  1. Go to the appSettings.config and appSettings.debug.config:
  1. Go to the Web.config:
  • Search the config for "changeme"
  • Update Social appId and secret key
  • Update the Find index to your own credentials
  1. Right-click on the batch file called setup.cmd and select Run as administrator:

Run batch file

  1. The installation starts and you are asked to provide the following parameters:
Parameter Description
Application name: The name of the application. Note: The application name should contain only letters and numbers as it used as the prefix to create the website and database components.
Public domain name for foundation: Domain name for the application, for example,
Public domain name for Commerce Manager: Domain name for the Commerce Manager application, for example,
License path: If you have a license file, add the path to it. Otherwise you can add that later.
SQL server name: SQL server instance name. Add the same server name as the one you connected to in the Pre-installation set-up steps for the SQL server. If using Azure SQL, provide the full dns name for your Azure SQL instance
sqlcmd command: SQL command to execute, by default -S . -E . This can generally be left as is. If using Azure SQL, pass username and password as -U <user> -P <password>

Build parameters

  1. The build process executes a number of steps and logs both to the console and to the log files. The automatic build steps are:
•	Set permissions on the folder to everyone full control
•	Restore NuGet packages
•	npm install
•	gulp Saas task
•	Build solution
•	Install Databases
•	Create two application pools
•	Create two websites
•	Update host file
•	Copy License file
•	Update commerce manager url for access from cms
•	create connectionstrings files
•	Start the site to finish setup in browser

Build progress

  1. When the installation is finished, a Mosey start page is opened in your browser. If not, enter the URL http://yourdomainname/ manually. Mosey start page

  2. If the setup page throws an error, open your host file, found under C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc, and add the two domain names you entered during the installation. Reload the page in your browser. Example host file

  3. Log in with user: and password: store to access the Episerver user interface.

Note: A resetup.cmd file has been created in your project which you can run to re-install the database.

  1. Developer licenses for evaluation purposes can be obtained from the Episerver License Center. Place the License.config file in your webroot.


The installation fails

  • Check that you have full access rights to the project folder.
  • Check that you meet the system requirements.
  • Check your SQL authentication settings as described in SQL Server.
  • Check your IIS settings so that they match those specified in IIS settings.
  • Check the log files:

The site does not start

  • Check that the site is actually running by navigating to http://yourdomainname/episerver/cms.

Modular set-up

The Foundation project is set up to include all Episerver’s main products. Each product is set up as a project of its own inside the main project, so if you don’t want all products, you can simply remove their projects.


As this is an open-source project, we encourage you to contribute to the source code and the documentation. See the Contribution guidelines for this project.


Foundation offers a starting point that is intuitive, well-structured and modular allowing developers to explore CMS, Commerce, Personalization, Search amd Navigaion, Data Platform and Experimentation.




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