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DreamFactory is supported on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.

Get started with DreamFactory by following the installation instructions below. To get started select an install method and platform below.


You can install DreamFactory directly from GitHub. We have provided platform specific instructions. If your desired platform is not available, you will need to extrapolate from the General Instructions.


General Instructions

Required Software and Extensions

At minimum, you will need the following software and extensions installed and enabled on your system in order to successfully clone and install DreamFactory 2.12.

  • PHP 7+ - check and install the requirements below for your particular environment.
    • PHP required modules: curl, sqlite, mongodb (see below)
  • Git - see
  • A recent version of one of four supported databases to store configuration data: MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, or SQL Server.
  • Composer - see, may require cURL to be installed from particular environment below.
  • MongoDB driver (i.e. - DreamFactory versions >= 2.1 require PHP's MongoDB driver to be installed. If the driver is not available, please remove the df-mongodb requirement from composer.json, or include the --ignore-platform-req option when running composer install.

The commands shown here are primarily for a Linux/Unix-based operating system, but should also work on Windows (directory structure is obviously different) with all the required software and extensions installed.

  • Clone this repository to a directory on your system. For testing, using a directory under your home directory is easiest, otherwise choices like /var/www/ or /opt may be preferred.
$ git clone ~/df2
  • Change your working path to that directory.
$ cd ~/df2
  • Install dependencies using composer. If you're installing DreamFactory for use in a production environment, include the --no-dev option to avoid installing development-specific packages.
$ composer install --no-dev
  • Run DreamFactory's command-line setup wizard. This wizard will prompt you for things like the database settings, first administration user account, etc.
  • Note: In earlier versions of DreamFactory this command was named dreamfactory:setup or df:setup. As of DF 2.7.0 the command is changed to df:env
  • $ php artisan df:env
    to set up the db connection
  • $ php artisan df:setup
    to set up the tables and the admin user in the db.
  • Make sure your web server can read/write from/to storage/ and bootstrap/cache/ directories.


$ sudo chown -R {www user}:{your user group} storage/ bootstrap/cache/
$ sudo chmod -R 2775 storage/ bootstrap/cache/

Set Up a Web Server

If you're just trying out DreamFactory, consider using PHP's built-in web server:

$ php artisan serve

Alternatively, you'll want to provision a web server by following these instructions:



Set Up a Database

Install your native database and any additional drivers required for your database.

Switch System Database

If you want to change from one system database to another after you've already run setup/installation:

  • Stop your web server
  • Edit the .env file found in the DreamFactory application's root directory to define the correct driver, host, and port number. For example:
  • In your shell navigate to the DreamFactory application's root directory (htdocs in Bitnami installs)
  • Run these commands:
$ php artisan config:clear
$ php artisan cache:clear
$ php artisan df:setup
//Answer the on screen prompts
  • Restart the web server

Free Hosted Developer Environment

Sign up for a free DreamFactory-hosted developer account at Your developer environment is hosted by DreamFactory and lets you try out the software. It supports almost all of the available service types, including the paid services so you can try before you buy. It's kept updated with the latest releases and patches.

Please note that the hosted environment is for trying out the platform, not for running production applications, and expires after 30 days. For production applications you should install DreamFactory for yourself using one of the methods described below.

Bitnami Desktop/Server Installers


You can download DreamFactory as a simple click-through installer for the following desktop operating systems. Most common extensions and drivers are pre-packaged and available in these installers.

  • Linux (CentOS, Red Hat, Mint, Debian, and Ubuntu desktop and server).
  • Mac OS X.
  • Microsoft Windows (Windows 7, 8, 10 and Server 2008R2). Note: that some features may not be available or may be limited in this environment.

Bitnami Virtual Machine

You can download DreamFactory as a virtual machine for VMware, VirtualBox, or other hypervisor environments.

Docker Image

The DreamFactory Docker image on DockerHub is now maintained by Bitnami. You can pull it and follow their instructions for deploying a Bitnami package of DreamFactory in Docker.

If you don't want to use Bitnami, you can still build your own docker image using our df-docker repo on GitHub.

IaaS Clouds

You can easily install DreamFactory on IaaS cloud platforms with Bitnami. Follow the instructions below:

PaaS Clouds

You can install DreamFactory on PaaS cloud platforms (Platform as a Service). Follow the instructions below.

Raspberry Pi 2

You can install and configure DreamFactory on Raspberry Pi 2 as an open source IoT gateway. Follow the general instructions here.

Minimum Requirements

Manual (Github) Installs

For installing the latest version of DreamFactory from source (see Github below), you will need:

  • PHP 5.6 or PHP 7
    • NOTE: PHP 7 is highly recommended over 5.6 for performance enhancements and forward compatibility.
  • The following php modules are also required for basic installation:
    • curl
    • mbstring
    • zip
    • sqlite
    • mongodb
    • Other modules/drivers will be required depending on which databases you intend to use.
  • A web server application
    • Nginx
    • Apache
    • IIS
  • A database for managing the system.
    • SQLite (requires no service installation, only the above PHP module)
    • MySQL (MySQL/MariaDB/Percona)
    • PostgreSQL
    • Microsoft SQL Server (requires a silver or gold product subscription)

Bitnami Installs

Bitnami lists the requirements for a native installer as such:

  • Intel x86 or compatible processor
  • Minimum of 512 MB RAM
  • Minimum of 150 MB hard drive space
  • TCP/IP protocol support
  • One of the following compatible operating systems:
    • A Linux operating system.
    • A Windows operating system such as Windows Server 2008+, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10.
    • An OS X operating system.

These requirements are subject to change, so be sure to check the Bitnami Documentation for the most up to date information.

Additional Drivers and Modules