General Installation Instructions

These instructions are intended as general guidelines for installing FreshRSS. You may wish to consult the Step-by-step Tutorial for installing FreshRSS on Debian 9/Ubuntu 16.04 if you don’t currently have a web server and don’t have experience setting one up.

Before you begin, make sure that you’ve read the prerequisites for running FreshRSS. As shorthand, . refers to the directory to which your FreshRSS installation lives.

  1. If the computer you’re running on is not currently running a web server, you’ll first need to install and configure a web server, a version of PHP, and an appropriate database, as listed in the prerequisites. Example Apache and Nginx configuration files can be found here.

  2. Download your chosen version of FreshRSS, or fetch it via git. It’s advisable that you put FreshRSS in /usr/share/, and symlink the ./p/ folder to the root of your web server.1

  3. Give ownership of the FreshRSS folder to your web server user (often www-data). Give group read permissions to all files in .2, and group write permissions to ./data/.

  4. Install needed PHP modules.

  5. Create a database for FreshRSS to use. Note the username and password for this database, as it will be needed during installation!

  6. Using your supported web browser of choice, navigate to the address you’ve installed your server to complete the installation from the GUI.3

  7. You can then customize the configuration of your instance, the default configuration for new users or the default set of feeds for new users.

  1. Make sure to expose only the ./p/ folder to the Web, as the other directories contain personal and sensitive data. 

  2. If you wish to allow updates from the web interface, also give group write permissions to this folder. 

  3. Assuming your server is http://example.net, this address could be http://example.net/p/ if you didn’t follow our previous advice about not exposing the ./p/ folder.