Kirby is designed with ease of use and only simple hardware and software requirements in mind. You can run Kirby in many different local development environments, as well as on most shared hosting platforms, VPS or dedicated servers.
Any of the following:
Browsers for the Panel
Kirby does not modify the output of your site's templates and thus has no effect on its browser requirements. The Panel is built on modern browser features though and has a couple browser requirements which need to be met by your site's editors.
Other browsers will very likely be compatible as soon as they support CSS Grid and the JS fetch API. The Panel will check for those requirements.
Kirby has two downloadable versions to get started with:
The Starterkit is a full-blown Kirby installation with a lot of example content, blueprints, templates and more. It is ideal to explore many of Kirby's options and play with the Panel.
The Plainkit is a minimal Kirby installation with the basics you need to start a project from scratch. It is the ideal choice if you are already familiar with Kirby or if you want to start step-by-step.
Unzip the ZIP archive in the web root of your web server (or copy all unzipped files into the web root in case the archive unzipped itself).
Alternative ways to install Kirby
There are alternative installation methods for advanced users who prefer to install and update Kirby using simple commands on the command line or in their version control tool:
Check them out and use whichever method you prefer.
Kirby's control panel (aka. the Panel) comes without any pre-installed accounts. Open
http://yourdomain.com/panel in the browser to start the installer and create the first account.
Once you publish your website, you need to purchase a Kirby license. We will send you a unique license code for your domain. You can register your installation with the following steps.
- Open the Panel at
http://yourdomain.com/paneland log in.
- Click on "Register" at the top.
- Enter your license code and your email address and press "Ok".
To update Kirby, download the latest version and replace the
That's it! Because Kirby does not use a database by default, you don't have to run any database migrations.
Updating Kirby with the advanced methods
If you used one of the advanced installation methods, you can also use them to update Kirby:
In an ideal world, everything went well and you don't need this section.
If you run into unexpected issues after an update, first try if deleting the
/site/cache folders helps. If you still run into any issues, check out our Troubleshooting guide.