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# Friendica Directory Install Instructions
## 1. Get the source code
For a planned install of Friendica Directory in the `/path/to/friendica-directory` folder.
### Using Git and Composer
Git is a popular version control management tool.
[Getting Started with Git](
You'll also need Composer to grab the project dependencies.
Composer is a popular dependency management tool for PHP projects.
[Getting Started with Composer](
cd /path/to
git clone friendica-directory
cd friendica-directory
composer install --no-dev
### Using a stable release 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`, the dependencies are already included.
## 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";
## 2. 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
## 3. Configure your web server
The document root of Friendica Directory is `/public`.
### Apache
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/
### Nginx
Add these lines to your nginx config file.
root /path/to/friendica-directory/public;
location / {
rewrite ^/(.*) /index.php?$args last;
location ~* \.(jpg|jpeg|gif|png|ico|css|js|htm|html|ttf|woff|svg)$ {
expires 30d;
try_files $uri /index.php?$args;
## 4. 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
## 5. Seed your directory
Your directory is ready, but empty. To start filling it, you can:
- Set your host name as the main directory in [Friendica]('s admin settings.
- Add existing directories in your polling queue: `bin/console directory-add`.