This document covers the basics of installing Plone on popular operating systems. It will also point you to other documents for more complex or demanding installations.
Plone runs as an application on the Zope application server. That server is installed automatically by the install process.
We strongly advise against installing Plone via OS packages or ports.
There is no .rpm, .deb, or BSD port that is supported by the Plone community.
Plone dependencies can and should be installed via package or port – but not Plone itself.
For installing and running Plone on CentOS, please make sure that you have enough Memory and Swap.
If you use the Unified Installer on CentOS, make sure that you have at least 1024 MB of Memory.
Building lxml is resource consuming.
Plone is available for macOS, Windows, Linux and BSD operating systems.
Download the latest Plone release.
From here, you can also find links to the Vagrant install kit (if you wish to install Plone for evaluation or development on a Windows, macOS or any other machine that supports VirtualBox and Vagrant).
Installation on Linux, BSD and other Unix workalikes requires a source code installation, made easy by our Unified Installer. “Unified” refers to its ability to install on most Unix workalikes.
Plone Installation Requirements¶
See Plone installation requirements for detailed requirements.
You need at least a dedicated or virtual private server (VPS) with 512 MB RAM available. Shared hosting is not supported unless the shared hosting company says Plone is good to go.
How To Install Plone¶
Plone can run on all popular desktop or server operating systems, including Linux, macOS, BSD and Microsoft Windows.
You can install Plone on a server for production usage
You can install Plone locally on your own computer for development and test drive
Plone Unified UNIX Installer¶
Running Plone in production will normally also entail other software for optimal security and performance, like a front-end webserver, caching, and firewall.
See Deploying and installing Plone in production , and you may also be interested in automated full-stack deployment.
This recipe is good for:
Plone development and testing on Ubuntu / Debian
Operating system installations where you have administrator (root) access. Note that root access is not strictly necessary as long as you have required software installed beforehand on the server, but this tutorial assumes you need to install the software yourself and you are the admin. If you don’t have the ability to install system libraries, you’ll need to get your sysadmin to do it for you. The libraries required are in common use.
The resulting installation is self-contained, does not touch system files, and is safe to play with (no root/sudoing is needed).
If you are not familiar with UNIX operating system command line you might want to study this Linux shell tutorial first.
If the sudo command is not recognized or does not work you don’t have administrator rights on your operating system.
Please contact your server vendor or consult the operating system support forum.
You will probably also want these optional system packages for handling of PDF and Office files:
libreadline-dev or readline-devel is only necessary if you wish to build your own python rather than use your system’s python 2.7.
If you’re planning on developing with Plone, install git version control support
Download The Latest Plone Installer¶
Download from the plone.org download page to your server using wget command.
Curl also works.
Substitute the latest version number for 5.0 in the instructions below.
wget --no-check-certificate https://launchpad.net/plone/5.0/5.0.4/+download/Plone-5.0.4-UnifiedInstaller.tgz
Plone Installer In Standalone Mode¶
Extract the downloaded file
tar -xf Plone-5.0.4-UnifiedInstaller.tgz
Go the folder containing installer script
This will run the installer without any extra options, like setting passwords,
setting the install path or anything else, for a full overview over all the possible options use
Please follow the instructions on the screen
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Accept the default installation target or change the path
Choose a password option
Control the settings to make sure everything is as you want it
Wait till the installer is done
The default admin credentials will be printed to the console, and saved in the file adminPassword.txt in the resulting install. You can change this password after logging in to the Management Interface.
The password is also written down in the
buildout.cfg file, but this
setting is not effective after Plone has been started for the first time.
Changing this setting does not do any good.
Install Plone Developer Tools¶
If you’re using this Plone install for development, add the common development tool set.
cd ~/Plone/zinstance bin/buildout -c develop.cfg
You’ll need to add the “-c develop.cfg” again each time you run buildout, or you’ll lose the extra development tools.
If you’re developing, start Plone in foreground mode for a test run (you’ll see potential errors in the console):
cd ~/Plone/zinstance bin/plonectl fg
When you start Plone in the foreground, it runs in debug mode, which is much slower than production mode since it reloads templates for every request.
For evaluation, instead use:
cd ~/Plone/zinstance bin/plonectl start
cd ~/Plone/zinstance bin/plonectl stop
to stop the instance.
By default, Plone will listen to port 8080 on available network interfaces. The port may be changed by editing buildout.cfg and re-running buildout.
You’ve Got Plone¶
Now take a look at your Plone site by visiting the following address in your webbrowser:
The greeting page will let you create a new site.
For this you need the login credentials printed to your terminal earlier, also available at
If everything is OK, press
CTRL-C in the terminal to stop Plone if you’re running in debug mode. Use the
plonectl stop command if you didn’t start in debug mode.
If you have problems, please see the help guidelines.
For automatic start-up when your server boots up, init scripts, etc. please see the deployment guide.
Installing Plone Using RPM, Deb Packages¶
Not supported by Plone community. Plone dependencies can and should be installed via your operating system package manager, to profit from security updates and maintenance, but not Plone itself. The packages that have been offered in the past via apt, yum, dnf, port etcetera tend to be unmaintained, old and unsuitable.
Beginning with Plone 5.1.4, the Unified Installer will install Plone on Windows 10. Windows installation instructions vary from Linux/Unix instructions! See the Windows-specific installation instructions that are included with the installer.
For earlier versions of Plone 5, you have the Windows installer or the Vagrant kit
An alternative to directly running Plone 5 on Windows is to use the official Windows Subsystem Linux (WSL, formerly also known as LXSS). For details on installation and usage consult the chapter Installing Plone on a Windows 10 Linux Subsystem for Development.
This is the recommended method if you want to try Plone for the first time.
Please use the installer from the download page https://plone.org/download.
Installation via the Unified Installer or buildout is similar to Unix. However, you will need to install a command-line build environment. To get a free build kit from Apple, do one of the following:
Download gcc and command-line tools from https://developer.apple.com/downloads/. This will require an Apple developer id.
Install Xcode from the App Store. After installation, visit the Xcode app’s preference panel to download the command-line tools.
After either of these steps, you immediately should be able to install Plone using the Unified Installer.
Proceed as with Linux.
Don’t worry about this if you’re using an installer.
When you have Plone installed and want to start development you need do enter debug mode.