# Requirements

  • PHP 7.4 (7.3 min)
  • Database: MySQL 8 / MariaDB 10
  • Cron
  • Web Server: Nginx / Apache / any


PHP must be provided with the following extensions: curl hash json mbstring pdo pdo-mysql zip session xml fileinfo.

PHP must include support for image formats PNG GIF JPG BMP WEBP (under Imagick or GD).


The system uses Imagick (ImageMagick) image processing by default. Fallback to GD.

# php.ini

The following ini directives are recommended for Chevereto installations:

upload_max_filesize = 20M;
post_max_size = 20M;
max_execution_time = 30;
memory_limit = 512M;

# Database

MySQL/MariaDB user must have ALL PRIVILEGES over the target database. Chevereto will require the following for connecting to the database:

  • Database name
  • Database user and its password

# Cron

A cron is required to process the application background jobs. The cron for your installation may look like this:

* * * * * IS_CRON=1 /usr/bin/php /var/www/html/chevereto.loc/public_html/cron.php >/dev/null 2>&1

Where * * * * * (opens new window) is the cron schedule.

# Testing cron

You can go to explainshell (opens new window) to inspect the command, you can freely alter it to match your needs. Run the command as www-data user by adding sudo -u www-data to the command:

sudo -u www-data IS_CRON=1 /usr/bin/php /var/www/html/chevereto.loc/public_html/cron.php >/dev/null 2>&1

# Web server

# PHP provisioning

The web server must be configured to execute PHP (opens new window) and it is recommended to provision it using PHP-FPM (opens new window).

# Filesystem

The webserver user should be in the owner group of your installation. This is required to allow Chevereto to modify the filesystem, which is required to one-click update and many other features.

Web server user is usually www-data

Chevereto requires recursive write access in the following paths:

  • app/content
  • app/content/languages
  • app/content/languages/cache
  • app/content/system
  • content
  • images

Read and Write access to the temp folder (/tmp in Linux; C:/Windows/Temp in Windows).

# URL rewriting

The web server must rewrite HTTP requests like GET /image/some-name.<id> to /index.php. Instructions for Nginx (opens new window) and Apache HTTP Server (opens new window) below.

# Nginx URL rewriting


# Context limits
client_max_body_size 20M;

# Disable access to sensitive files
location ~* (app|content|lib)/.*\.(po|php|lock|sql)$ {
    deny all;

# Image not found replacement
location ~ \.(jpe?g|png|gif|webp)$ {
    log_not_found off;
    error_page 404 /content/images/system/default/404.gif;

# CORS header (avoids font rendering issues)
location ~ \.(ttf|ttc|otf|eot|woff|woff2|font.css|css|js)$ {
    add_header Access-Control-Allow-Origin "*";

# Pretty URLs
location / {
    index index.php;
    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$query_string;

# Apache HTTP Server URL rewriting

Make sure that mod_rewrite (opens new window) is enabled and that your virtual host settings allows to perform URL rewriting:

    <Directory /var/www/html>
        Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks +MultiViews
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted

Apache configuration .htaccess files are already included in the software.


# Disable server signature
ServerSignature Off

# Enable CORS across all your subdomains (replace dev\.local with your domain\.com)
# SetEnvIf Origin ^(https?://.+\.dev\.local(?::\d{1,5})?)$   CORS_ALLOW_ORIGIN=$1
# Header append Access-Control-Allow-Origin  %{CORS_ALLOW_ORIGIN}e   env=CORS_ALLOW_ORIGIN
# Header merge  Vary "Origin"

# Disable directory listing (-indexes), Multiviews (-MultiViews)
Options -Indexes
Options -MultiViews

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>

    RewriteEngine On

    # If you have problems with the rewrite rules remove the "#" from the following RewriteBase line
    # You will also have to change the path to reflect the path to your Chevereto installation
    # If you are using alias is most likely that you will need this.
    #RewriteBase /

    # 404 images
    # If you want to have your own fancy "image not found" image remove the "#" from RewriteCond and RewriteRule lines
    # Make sure to apply the correct paths to reflect your current installation
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteRule images/.+\.(gif|jpe?g|png|bmp|webp) - [NC,L,R=404]
    #RewriteRule images/.+\.(gif|jpe?g|a?png|bmp|webp) content/images/system/default/404.gif [NC,L]

    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !\.(css|js|html|htm|rtf|rtx|svg|svgz|txt|xsd|xsl|xml|asf|asx|wax|wmv|wmx|avi|bmp|class|divx|doc|docx|exe|gif|gz|gzip|ico|jpe?g|jpe|mdb|mid|midi|mov|qt|mp3|m4a|mp4|m4v|mpeg|mpg|mpe|mpp|odb|odc|odf|odg|odp|ods|odt|ogg|pdf|png|pot|pps|ppt|pptx|ra|ram|swf|tar|tif|tiff|wav|webp|wma|wri|xla|xls|xlsx|xlt|xlw|zip)$ [NC]
    RewriteRule . index.php [L]


# Real connecting IP

For setups under any kind of proxy (including CloudFlare) is required that the web server sets the appropriate value for the client connecting IP.

⚠ If this is not configured the software won't be able to detect the users IPs

  • Nginx: ngx_http_realip_module
  • Apache: mod_remoteip