If you have your own (virtual) web server you can use this guide to install Firefly III. You may have some ingredients prepared already.
You need a working LAMP, LEMP or WAMP stack. If you don't have one, search the web to find out how to get one. Make sure you're running PHP 7.4. There are many tutorials that will help you install one. Here are some Google queries to help you.
If you wish to use another database such as SQLite or Postgres, please check out the FAQ.
You need a (MySQL) database and credentials for a user that has permissions on that database. Firefly III creates its own tables. Avoid using the root user.
Several users have created specific guides for their OS and database combination. Please keep in mind that Firefly III may have other system requirements.
Firefly III requires PHP 7.4 so these instructions may not be relevant anymore.
- CentOS 7, with nginx and PHP 7.2
- Ubuntu Server 16.04LTS with nginx and PHP 7.2
- Ubuntu Server 18.04 with nginx and PHP 7.2
- Ubuntu Server 18.04 with nginx, PHP 7.3 and a Let's Encrypt certificate
- Raspberry Pi 3, with Docker and Docker compose
- Firefly III in FreeBSD (FreeNAS)
- Firefly III in FreeNAS (alternative)
- Firefly III in Ubuntu 20.04 and proxmox
In case you want to use one of the languages that Firefly III is equipped with, make sure you have installed the necessary locales. For Debian / Ubuntu for example, use
sudo apt install language-pack-nl-base && sudo locale-gen.
Preparing your server
Install the following PHP modules:
- PHP BCMath Arbitrary Precision Mathematics
- PHP Internationalization extension
- PHP Curl
- PHP Zip
- PHP GD
- PHP XML
- PHP MBString
- PHP LDAP
- PHP whatever database you're gonna use.
You can search the web to find out how to install these modules. Some may be installed already depending on your system. Use
phpinfo() to find out.
If you have sudo rights (try
sudo ls) you can install composer using the following command:
curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | sudo php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer
Verify the installation of composer using the following command.
If you have no sudo rights, you can simply download composer with the instructions under the header "manual download". Use
php composer.phar instead of
composer in the instructions ahead.
This concludes the server preparations. If you're having trouble with (parts of) this step, please check out the FAQ.
Installing Firefly III
/var/www which is probably the directory where your web server is configured to find its files.
Enter the following command.
composer create-project grumpydictator/firefly-iii --no-dev --prefer-dist firefly-iii <latest>
You should replace
<latest> with the latest version, which you can find on the Firefly III version page.
If this gives an error because of read/write permissions, prepend the command with
sudo. Then fix the permissions:
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data firefly-iii sudo chmod -R 775 firefly-iii/storage
firefly-iii directory you will find a
.env file. Open this file using your favorite editor. There are instructions what to do in this file.
Initialize the database
This step is very important, because Firefly III needs a database to work with and it will tell you whether or not your configuration is correct. Run the following command in the Firefly III directory.
php artisan migrate:refresh --seed php artisan firefly-iii:upgrade-database php artisan passport:install
Now you should be able to visit http://localhost/firefly-iii/ and see Firefly III.
It doesn't work!
This manual can't list all the possible exceptions and errors you may run into. Some common issues are documented in the FAQ.
Look in these directions when you're running into problems:
- Apache may not have mod_rewrite enabled or the htaccess file isn't activated (
- Nginx may not have the correct
try_filesinstruction in the
Visiting Firefly III
Browsing to site
Browsing to the site should be easy. You should see a login screen.
Registering an account
You cannot login yet. Click on "Register a new account" and fill in the form.
Your first accounts
You will be logged in automatically. Follow the instructions and you are done!