Want to report a bug, request a feature, or help us build or translate Ghost? Check out our in depth guide to Contributing to Ghost. We need all the help we can get! You can also join in with our community to keep up-to-date and meet other Ghosters.
There are two main ways to get started with Ghost, take care to use the method which best suits your needs.
Please note - the downloadable zip files we provide on Ghost.org are pre-built packages designed for getting started quickly. Cloning from the git repository requires you to install several dependencies and build the assets yourself.
Getting Started Guide for Bloggers
If you just want to get a Ghost blog running in the fastest time possible, this method is for you.
- Install Node.js - Ghost requires Node v0.10.
- Download the latest Ghost package from Ghost.org. If you cloned the GitHub repository you should follow the instructions for developers.
- Create a new directory where you would like to run the code, and unzip the package to that location.
- Fire up a terminal (or node command prompt in Windows) and change directory to the root of the Ghost application (where config.example.js and index.js are)
npm install --productionto install the node dependencies. If you see
error Error: ENOENTon this step, make sure you are in the project directory and try again.
- To start ghost, run
http://localhost:2368/in your web browser or go to
http://localhost:2368/ghostto log in
Getting Started Guide for Developers
If you're a theme, app or core developer, or someone comfortable getting up and running from a
git clone, this method is for you.
If you clone the GitHub repository, you will need to build a number of assets using grunt.
npm install -g grunt-cli
grunt prodif you want to run Ghost in production mode)
If you want to use Ghost as a NPM module there is a Wiki entry where you can find instructions on how to get set up.
Upgrading to The Latest Version
Upgrade instructions are in the Ghost Guide
Logging in For The First Time
Once you have the Ghost server up and running, you should be able to navigate to
http://localhost:2368/ghost/ from a web browser, where you will be prompted to register a new user. Once you have entered your desired credentials you will be automatically logged in to the admin area.
Keep track of Ghost development and Ghost community activity.
- Follow Ghost on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
- Read and subscribe to the The Official Ghost Blog.
- Join in discussions on the Ghost Forum
- Chat with Ghost developers on IRC. We're on
irc.freenode.net, in the
#Ghostchannel. We have a public meeting every Tuesday at 5:30pm London time.
For transparency and insight into our release cycle, and for striving to maintain backward compatibility, Ghost will be maintained according to the Semantic Versioning guidelines as much as possible.
Releases will be numbered with the following format:
Constructed with the following guidelines:
- A new major release indicates a large change where backwards compatibility is broken.
- A new minor release indicates a normal change that maintains backwards compatibility.
- A new patch release indicates a bugfix or small change which does not affect compatibility.
- A new build release indicates this is a pre-release of the version.
Copyright & License
Copyright (c) 2013-2014 Ghost Foundation - Released under the MIT license.