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Zikula Core - Application Framework

  1. Introduction
  2. Requirements
  3. Before installing
  4. Installing
  5. Contributing


Zikula Core is a web based application framework, fully extensible by modules, plugins and themes.

For more information visit and read our user manual.


Before installing Zikula it's important to ensure that the hosting server environment meets the requirements of the new core release. Zikula Core 1.4.0 has the following requirements:

Minimum Recommended
PHP 5.3.8 5.5

Please note:

  • PHP 5.3.16 has a major bug in the Reflection subsystem and is not suitable to run Zikula (
  • Zikula requires more memory than typical to install. You should set your memory limit in php.ini to 128 MB for the installation process.

Before installing

Zikula makes use of composer to manage and download all dependencies. Composer must be run prior to installing a site using Zikula. Run composer self-update && composer update.

If you store Composer in the root of the Zikula Core checkout, please rename it from composer.phar to composer to avoid your IDE reading the package contents.


Once all of the pre-install steps are complete Run http://yoursiteurl/install and follow any on-screen prompts.


Contributions can be made to Zikula in a number of ways

  1. By using our software
  2. Assisting other users at the user community site
  3. Creating themes for Zikula.
  4. Authoring additional modules for Zikula. Please see our developer documentation
  5. Contributing bug fixes and patches to the Core.

Pull requests are welcome, please see

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