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Friendica Directory Install

Get the source code

If you want to install Friendica Directory in /path/to/friendica-directory

Using Composer

Composer is a popular dependency management tool for PHP projects. Getting Started with Composer.

cd /path/to
composer create-project friendica/friendica-directory --no-dev 

Using Git

Git is a popular version control management tool. Getting Started with Git.

You'll also need Composer to grab the project dependencies.

cd /path/to
git clone
cd friendica-directory
composer install

Using an archive

On the Friendica Directory Github Releases page, you can find the latest source archive named friendica-directory-<version>.zip.

Simply unpack the archive in /path/to/friendica-directory.

Set up a database and a user

Friendica Directory supports MariaDB as a database provider. Getting started with MariaDB.

Once you have MariaDB installed on a given host, you need to create a database structure and a user with privileges on it.

Sample commands from the MariaDB console for a local install:

> CREATE DATABASE `friendica-directory`;

> GRANT ALL ON `friendica-directory`.* TO 'friendica-directory'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY "password";

Initialize database schema

Using the details gathered from the previous step, follow the instructions in the Friendica Directory Install Wizard.

cd /path/to/friendica-directory
bin/console install

Configure your web server

The document root of Friendica Directory is /public.


Friendica Directory requires mod_rewrite to be enabled.

In your Virtual Host file, set your document root as follow:

DocumentRoot /path/to/friendica-directory/public/

Set up the background task

Friendica Directory relies on a background task running every minute to keep the directory up to date.

On Linux, you can set it up with Crontab, a popular background task scheduler. Getting started with Crontab.

Add this line to your crontab:

* * * * * cd /path/to/friendica-directory && php bin/cron.php

Seed your directory

Your directory is ready, but empty. To start filling it, you can:

  • Set your hostname as the main directory in Friendica's admin settings
  • Add existing directories in your polling queue: bin/console directory-add