Downloading & Installing mooSocial

In most cases, installing mooSocial is a very simple process which takes only a few minutes to complete. Before the install there are a few things you need to know and do before the installation process.


  • Access to your web server (via shell, cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk or FTP)
  • Access to your MySQL server (via shell or phpMyAdmin)
  • An FTP client such as FileZilla
  • Your Web browser of choice


By default, mooSocial is shipped with mod_rewrite enabled. If you are not installing mooSocial on apache server or your server does not have mod_rewrite, please read the last section of this guide. Or if your server is not running apache and you still want to use mod_rewrite, check out “Installing mooSocial without mod_rewrite” section.

  • Check to ensure that your server meet the follow requirements: Minimum: PHP 5.2.8 with short tags enabled or PHP 5.4+, MySQL 5+, PHP extensions: MySql PDO, GD2, Curl, libxml, exif, zlib (if you need to export theme), Magic quotes must be disabled, Memory Limit: 128M+, suhosin.session.encrypt should be turned off, mod_rewrite should be enable.
  • Download the latest release available of mooSocial
  • Unzip the downloaded file on your hardrive
  • Make sure the following directories are writable by the web server user: app/Config, app/tmp and all its subdirectories, app/webroot/uploads and all its subdirectories
  • Create a database for mooSocial on your web server, as well as a MySQL user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.


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File Upload

Upload files and folders within mooSocial Directory to the desired location on your web server

  • If you want to install mooSocial into the root of your domain (e.g., move or upload all contents of the unzipped mooSocial directory (excluding the mooSocial directory itself) into the root directory of your web server.
  • If you want to have your mooSocial installation in its own subdirectory on your website (e.g., create the moosocial directory on your server and upload the contents of the unzipped mooSocial package to the directory via FTP.

Note: If your FTP client has an option to convert file names to lower case, make sure it’s disabled.

Installation Wizard

Run the mooSocial installation wizard by accessing the URL in the web browser. This should be the URL where you uploaded the mooSocial files (Ex.http://example.com

Step 1: Check Requirements

Click Next to continue


Step 2: Setup MySQL Database

Enter your database information and click Next. Unix Socket and Table Prefix are optional, leave them empty if you are not sure.

Step 3: Site Setting

Enter your site name (Ex. mooSocial Demo). Site email is the email address your site will use to send out email notifications. Once chosen, default time zone will be preselected for all new signups.


Step 4: Root Admin Account

Enter information for Admin account and press Next. 


Congratulations! You have successfully installed mooSocial. You are now ready to build your social network with mooSocial.

Last Updated On March 07, 2018