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SocialEngine Requirements

SocialEngine is designed to be installed on a web server with the following basic requirements:


Basic Requirements (SocialEngine Core)


  • PHP 5.2.17 or newer
  • PHP extensions: gd2, curl, iconv
  • Safe mode must be OFF
  • Register Globals must be OFF
  • Magic Quotes must be OFF
  • Memory limit: 32M+
  • Sendmail
  • Zend Optimizer must NOT be installed

  • PHP 7.1 or newer
  • PHP extensions: dom

Optional Extensions
  • APCu (speed boost)
  • bcmath (speed boost)
  • json (speed boost)
  • mbstring (required for non-English support)

MySQL Database

  • MySQL 4.1 or newer
  • 1 available database
  • InnoDB table support

  • MySQL 5.0 or newer

Web Server

  • Apache-based shared web hosting

  • Apache-based VPS or dedicated web server
  • crontab
  • mod_rewrite (removes index.php, for SEO-friendlier URLs)
  • memcached (speed boost)
  • mod_security/mod_security2 disabled

Plugin Requirements

Some SocialEngine plugins have optional requirements:

Chat Plugin

VPS or dedicated server - budget/shared servers may not handle a high volume of users chatting at the same time.

Video Plugin

ffmpeg (for encoding video; click here to read more on how to set it up correctly) - without ffmpeg, users can still post YouTube and Vimeo videos.
allow_url_fopen enabled


Need help with this stuff?

Contact us with any questions you have about these requirements, we'll be happy to help! Most modern hosting providers are compatible with SocialEngine but if in doubt you can contact them directly and refer them to this page.

We can install it for you

If you're not comfortable with installing SocialEngine yourself, we can do it for you. Add installation when you order, or if you're already client, you can order it through your client area.

Need a web hosting provider too?

Picking the right host is important, especially if you have plans for your network to grow large! We've had great experiences working with TDM Hosting (and so have our clients) and recommend checking them out for SocialEngine-powered hosting.

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