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This article outlines setting up a SocialEngine project for local development. In house, we all agreed to use Netbeans IDE ( This has great SVN support and works well with the Zend Framework.

Depending whether or not your are a Mac or PC user you should check out these links to get you started in setting up a LAMP environment:

Mac Users:

Windows Users:


Setting up a SocialEngine Project

Step 1. Download your SE package (and all the plugins) from your account dashboard:

Step 2. Unzip the files into the folder of your web server. In this example, it will be in /Users/junghokim/Sites/se_example.

Step 3. Next install your SocialEngine package in your local server.

For easy database management phpMyAdmin was installed the server
Step 4. Once you have SE installed there, open Netbeans and create a new PHP project with existing sources.

Step 5. Click on browse and navigate to your SocialEngine files and then click "Open" button -> "Finish"

Step 6. Once this is done, you should see your project like this:

Step 7. Now you can edit the files on a working copy! It is always exciting to see the cool stuff our clients do with our code. Here are some useful resources:
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