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Get started with the command-line installation

Before you start your installation

Before you begin, make sure that:

  1. Your system meets the requirements discussed in Magento System Requirements
  2. You completed all prerequisite tasks discussed in Prerequisites.
  3. After you log in to the Magento server, switch to a user that has permissions to write to the Magento file system. One way to do this is discussed in switch to the Magento file system owner.

The installer is designed to be run multiple times if necessary so you can:

  • Provide different values

    For example, after you configure your web server for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), you can run the installer to set SSL options.

  • Correct mistakes in previous installations
  • Install Magento in a different database instance

First steps

  1. Log in to the Magento server as, or switch to, a user who has permissions to write to the Magento file system. One way to do this is to switch to the Magento file system owner.

If you use the bash shell, you can also use the following syntax to switch to the Magento file system owner and enter the command at the same time:

su <Magento file system owner> -s /bin/bash -c <command>

If the Magento file system owner does not allow logins you can do the following:

sudo -u <Magento file system owner>  <command>
  1. To run Magento commands from any directory, add <magento_root>/bin to your system PATH.

Because shells have differing syntax, consult a reference like

bash shell example for CentOS:

export PATH=$PATH:/var/www/html/magento2/bin

You can also run the commands in the following ways:

  • cd <magento_root>/bin and run them as ./magento <command name>
  • <magento_root>/bin/magento <command name>
  • <magento_root> is a subdirectory of your web server’s docroot. Need help locating the docroot?

In addition to the command arguments discussed here, see Common arguments.

Command summary

The following table summarizes the available commands. Commands are shown in summary form only; for more information about a command, click the link in the Command column.

Command Description Prerequisites
magento setup:install

Installs the Magento software


magento setup:uninstall

Removes the Magento software.

Magento software installed

magento setup:upgrade

Updates the Magento software.

Deployment configuration

magento maintenance:{enable|disable}

Enables or disables maintenance mode (in maintenance mode, only exempt IP addresses can access the Magento Admin or storefront).

Magento software installed

magento setup:config:set

Creates or updates the deployment configuration.


magento module:{enable|disable}

Enable or disable modules.


magento setup:store-config:set

Sets storefront-related options, such as base URL, language, timezone, and so on.

  • Deployment configuration
  • Database (simplest way is to use magento setup:upgrade)
magento setup:db-schema:upgrade

Updates the Magento database schema.

Deployment configuration

magento setup:db-data:upgrade

Updates the Magento database data.

Deployment configuration

magento setup:db:status

Checks if the database is up-to-date with the code.

Deployment configuration

magento admin:user:create

Creates a Magento administrator.

All of the following:

  • Deployment configuration
  • Enable at minimum the Magento_User and Magento_Authorization modules
  • Database (simplest way is to use magento setup:upgrade)
magento list

Lists all available commands.


magento help

Provides help for the specified command.


Help commands

To display a complete list of commands, enter:

magento list

To get help for a particular command, enter:

magento help <command>

For example,

magento help setup:install
magento help cache:enable

Common arguments

The following arguments are common to all commands. These commands can be run either before or after the Magento software is installed:

Long version Short version Meaning
--help -h Get help for any command. For example, ./magento help setup:install or ./magento help setup:config:set.
--quiet -q Quiet mode; no output.
--no-interaction -n No interactive questions.
--verbose=1,2,3 -v, -vv, -vvv Verbosity level. For example, --verbose=3 or -vvv displays debug verbosity, which is the most verbose output. Default is --verbose=1 or -v.
--version -V Display this application version
--ansi n/a Force ANSI output
--no-ansi n/a Disable ANSI output


The following sections discuss the available commands.