This article will guide you on how to install Drupal 8 manually. There are several steps to installing Drupal 8:

Once you finish these steps your Drupal 8 installation will be ready for you to use to create your new site!

Step 1: Creating the database and user

The first step we need to perform is to create a database and user for the Drupal installation. This is important as it is where all the data for the site is kept, including pages, data, users, etc. This is done via your cPanel interface.

Creating a MySQL Database via cPanel

Step 2: Uploading the files

Now that you have the database and its connecting user profile set up, it is time to get the files uploaded to the hosting account. First, we need to get the current version of Drupal 8. That can be located at, which is currently the development version. The release candidate is due out in July 2013. Once the final release is available in September of 2013, you will be able to find it at

Once you have downloaded the file to your local machine, you can continue with getting the files up to the hosting account.

  1. Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the compressed file. In our example, it is the downloads folder.
  2. Right click on the file and select Extract All to unpack the files. This may take a few minutes as there are quite a few files in the package.
  3. upload the files to the hosting serverOnce the files are extracted, open up your favorite FTP client and connect to the hosting server. From here, upload all the files in the local client folder to the desired folder on the server side. Be sure you are uploading from the folder with all the files and not one of the container folders.

Step 3: Drupal installer

Now that the files are uploaded, you are ready to run the Drupal Installer. This portion of the setup is from the Drupal program itself.

  1. Visit the site where you installed the files. If you installed them into your public_html folder, then simply visit your site, for example If you have installed the files into a subfolder, visit that. An example is
  2. Choose Default LanguageYou will be met with the Drupal Installer screen. The first screen guides you to pick the language you want to use. Click the Save and Continue button to move on to the next step.
  3. Select standard or minimal profileNext, you will choose the profile you want to install. There are two, standard and minimal. The largest difference is based on which modules are activated by default upon the complete installation. The differences for Drupal 6 and 7 are in the documentation, but as of yet, the Drupal 8 portion has not been created. It is advised to use Standard unless you are an advanced user. Click on Save and Continue to move on.
  4. set database informationAfter Drupal verifies the requirements it will move you on to the database configuration. Enter the database name, database user, and password for the database you created in the previous step.
  5. set the installation profileThe configuration will now proceed. You will see a progress bar as it works in this step. Once completed, you will see a screen with a few details to complete. These are for your site admin. Once completed, click on the Save and Continue button at the bottom. This will complete your installation and you can now visit your new Drupal site directly!
    base site after install
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2014-09-17 10:41 pm

I guess you have not tried to install this on a production server yet. I would love to see this method work to install d8 but I can only get it to install on D8 throws errors every time. Line 195 of other. D8 is seriously lacking if the installer can't run normally. I fail to see why every Drupal distro released has install issues. Can't people understand that if you can't install it easy nobody wants to use it. This is why people look at Drupal as too complicated because they fail to focus on the important stuff. I have been a developer focusing on Drupal for 5 years and what I see is a rush to get more stuff without improving the quality of what they already have. It is a recipe for disaster. LEAN. Small improvements. Not big ones. This is just going to eliminate the need for Drupal specialists when normal developers can jump into Drupal. This solves the corporate problems and eliminates jobs for actual Drupal developers. We are so smart we are going to cut ourselves out of the picture. :P Wonky decision if you ask me.

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2014-09-18 6:26 am
Hello Alexander,

I did install it on my personal server, but the article was written in June of last year so it was one of the earlier Alpha releases. I will try again and see if I run across any of the issues you are having.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M

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