Running Neos is a pretty cool and sophiscated infrastructure fully built upon the PHP stack. This makes it truely easy to develop and extend the platform. comes with a built in webserver module with PHP-FPM therefore it is possible to install any PHP-App you like and run it on that platform. The following guide shows you how easy it is to install on a Mac and run Neos on it.

Prerequirements: Up and running installation of MySQL

You will need a running installation of (>= Version 1.0.0-rc3). If you are new to this project you can easily download and follow the installation guide for your specific OS.

After the setup has finished the is up and running and you can call the welcome page with


By default, is configured to run on port 9080 in order to not to affect any existing webserver installations. You can easily change that in the /opt/appserver/etc/appserver.xml just by going to section

<server name="http"

and change the port within that section for example to 80. After that restart the which can be done with the following command.

sudo /opt/appserver/sbin/appserverctl restart

Of course there is no need to change the port if you only want to check out the capabilities of this amazingly platform.


Download the latest Neos Release from To go ahead and install Neos first you have to create a virtual host.

As with any other Webserver using a vhost you first have to add the domain you like to use in your hosts file.

sudo vi /etc/hosts

Add the following lines there: neos.local
::1 neos.local
fe80::1%lo0 neos.local

Afterwards you had to add the vhost to the webserver config of the appserver which you also find in /opt/appserver/etc/appserver/conf.d/virtual-hosts.xml. There is already an example virtual host configuration available there. Put the following configuration within the tag.

<virtualHost name="neos.local">
        <param name="admin" type="string"></param>
        <param name="documentRoot" type="string">webapps/neos/Web
            target="" flag="L" />
            target="$1$3" flag="L" />
        <rewrite condition="^/(_Resources/Persistent/.{40})/.+(\..+)"
            target="$1$2" flag="L" />
        <rewrite condition="^/_Resources/.*" target="" flag="L" />
        <rewrite condition="(.*)" target="index.php" flag="L" />
        <environmentVariable condition=""
            definition="FLOW_REWRITEURLS=1" />
        <environmentVariable condition=""
            definition="FLOW_CONTEXT=Production" />
        <environmentVariable condition="Basic ([a-zA-Z0-9\+/=]+)@$Authorization"
            definition="REMOTE_AUTHORIZATION=$1" />

After adding the vhost you have to restart the appserver and if everything was correct you can go ahead directly with the Neos installation itself.

sudo /opt/appserver/sbin/appserverctl restart

Therefore you just unpack the Neos source into your webrootfolder which in case of the appserver is always the webapps folder underneath /opt/appserver/webapps/. In that folder you will still find the already installed example app and of course the welcome page. We are just creating a folder with name „neos“ and unpacking the source there. Now you have to change the rights so Neos is able to create folders and files below.

chmod -R 775 /opt/appserver/webapps/neos/

After that you are able to use the Neos installer just by opening a browser and calling the URL http://neos.local:9080/setup. If you do so Neos let you go throught the installation easily. At the first page Neos is asking for the initial installation password which you can find in


Now you just have to type in your database credentials and select if you want to use an existing database or want to create a new one. The second last step is creating an user account. Finally you are able to import the Demo site package or if you already have developed your own site packege you can import that as well.

Now you are all set and can enjoy the power Neos.

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