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ResourceSpace is a fairly standard PHP/MySQL application and the process should be familiar if you've installed other PHP/MySQL applications before.

Most issues encountered relate to the default php.ini settings. As you may be handling large resource files the default values for memory, upload size and timing often need to be increased.

  • First check that your target system meets the requirements. See installation guides below for detailed instruction.
  • Unzip the web file to an appropriate folder off your web root. The application is capable of running both in the web root folder or several levels deep within an existing folder structure. SVN checkout is preferable to the zip file if you're familiar with SVN (whether you are a developer or not), as it permits simple upgrades of the software.
  • Create an empty database (ResourceSpace will automatically create database tables etc.)
  • Configure PHP (see Configuring Your PHP.ini).
  • The 'filestore' and 'include' folders must be writable by the web server (either 'chmod 777 filestore' then 'chmod -R 777 include' or chown/chgrp the folders to your web server's user/group).
  • The system should now be up and running at the configured URL and the setup process will commence. You will be asked for database connection details and you will need to provide an administrator username and password.
  • Try 'Admin -> System -> Installation Check' to make sure everything is configured correctly.

Important: When the system is in full use (i.e. when you go live) the file 'cron_copy_hitcount.php' should be set to execute once each night so the relevance matching works correctly. You can do this using a cron job which runs 'wget' and fetches the file's URL. This script copies the resource usage information collected during the day from the temporary columns into the live columns, and doesn't happen in real time because the resource/keyword usage counts are used to order resources when searching (this is how the relevance matching works), and if the counters updated instantly the resources would appear to jump around in your result set as you accessed them, as your own activity would be immediately affecting the search order.

A lot of the configuration (fields, user groups, etc.) can be configured within the Admin -> Setup.

The GD library (which is a minimum requirement) will provide automatic thumbnail for JPEG, GIF and PNG files. To add many more image and video file formats you can install ImageMagick and FFmpeg and set the paths to the binaries in config.php.

If using Apache it is important to make sure that the Indexes option is not set. If this is set the 'filestore' folder will be publicly available as the scrambled resource paths will be clearly visible.

Installing on Linux/Unix

Installing on Ubuntu Linux (Debian Based Systems)

Installing on CentOS Linux

Installing on SuSE

Qnap installation

Installing on Windows

Installing on Windows Server 2008 32-bit with IIS 7.0

Installing on Windows Server 2008 64-bit with IIS 7.0

Installing on Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit with IIS 7.5

Installing on Windows 7 32-bit with IIS 7.5

Installing on Windows 7 64-bit with IIS 7.5

Installing on Mac OS X

For 10.5, see Installing on Mac OS X Leopard (this is a similar process for 10.4)

For 10.6, see Installing on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Installing on Synology DSM

For DSM 5.2, see Installing on Synology DSM.

Configuring Your PHP.ini

Increasing the following variables allows handling of much larger files as their default values are set quite low and therefore likely to cause issues when uploading media files.

  • memory_limit,
  • post_max_size
  • upload_max_filesize
  • max_execution_time

The "short_open_tag" value should be Off (On will likely still work, but any problems with Off should be reported).

If you do not have access to the php.ini file (for example, because you are using an ISP) then you may be able to override the settings by creating a file named '.htaccess' in the root folder with the following contents:

SecFilterEngine Off
SecFilterScanPOST Off
php_value memory_limit 200M
php_value post_max_size 100M
php_value upload_max_filesize 100M
php_value short_open_tag Off


If you are a PHP developer you may be comfortable installing the latest development edition directly from Subversion. See the Subversion section of the main site for more details.

This version has the latest hooks which is useful if you plan on creating plugins to extend functionality. You can also easily update the software using 'svn update' and 'svn switch'.


Make sure config.php hasn't been broken, perhaps by saving it in UTF-8 with a BOM header, which PHP doesn't like.

Also make sure you haven't accidentally added any extra blank lines before the opening PHP tag at the beginning of the file, or after the closing tag at the end of the file.

Always access Admin -> System -> Installation Check after installing or if you encounter any issues.

External filestore tips