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Get started with DreamFactory by following the installation instructions below. To get started select an install method and platform below.
Get started with DreamFactory by following the installation instructions below. To get started select an install method and platform below.
== Free Hosted Developer Environment ==
Sign up for a free DreamFactory-hosted developer account at []. Your developer environment is hosted by DreamFactory, allowing you to try out the software without any additional installation and configuration. It supports almost all of the available service types, including the paid services so you can try everything out before purchasing a license. This trial expires after 30 days.
== GitHub ==
== GitHub ==

Revision as of 15:18, 18 October 2018

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 may need to modify the instructions presented herein.

Required Software and Extensions

At a minimum, you will need the following software and extensions installed and enabled on your system in order to successfully clone and install DreamFactory 2.13.0 +.

  • PHP 7.1+ - check and install the requirements below for your particular environment.
    • PHP Migration guide
    • PHP required extensions: Curl, MBString, MongoDB, SQLite, and Zip. You may need to install other extensions depending upon DreamFactory usage requirements. If you don't plan on using MongoDB, please remove the df-mongodb requirement from composer.json, or include the --ignore-platform-reqs option when running composer install.
  • Git - see
  • A web server such as NGINX, Apache, or IIS. You may use PHP's built-in server for development purposes.
  • One of four databases for storing configuration data: MS SQL Server, MySQL (MariaDB or Percona are also supported), PostgreSQL, or SQLite.
  • Composer - see, may require cURL to be installed from particular environment below.

Operating system-specific instructions are available which may be useful if you need assistance satisfying these requirements:

Installing and Configuring DreamFactory

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

  • Clone this repository to a directory on your system. For testing, using a directory under your home directory is easiest (and demonstrated here), 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
  • Next, you'll want to run the following two setup-related commands:
$ php artisan df:env
$ php artisan df:setup
  • 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
  • Make sure your web server can read/write from/to the DreamFactory application's storage and bootstrap/cache directories. Unix/Linux and OSX users can use the chown and chmod commands to set these permissions:
$ 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

Additional drivers may be required if you plan on REST-enabling a database:

Switching Your System Database

Your DreamFactory application manages many configuration details within an underlying database (four of which are supported: MySQL, MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and SQLite). 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
  • Restart the web server

Bitnami Desktop/Server Installers

You can install DreamFactory using a simple GUI installer for the following desktop operating systems. Most of the common extensions and drivers are included with 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.
  • Virtual machines are available 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 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

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

Additional Drivers and Modules