Server requirements

FreshRSS is a web application. This means you'll need a web server to run it. FreshRSS requirements are really low, so it could run on most shared host servers.

You need to verify that your server can run FreshRSS before installing it. If your server has the proper requirements and FreshRSS does not work, please contact us to find a solution.

Software Recommended Works also with
Web server Apache 2 Nginx
PHP PHP 5.3.7+ PHP 5.2+
PHP modules Required: libxml, cURL, PDO_MySQL, PCRE and ctype. \ Required (32-bit only): GMP \Recommanded: JSON, Zlib, mbstring, iconv, ZipArchive
Database MySQL 5.0.3+ SQLite 3.7.4+
Browser Firefox Chrome, Opera, Safari or IE9+

Important notice

FreshRSS CAN work with PHP 5.3.3. To do so, we are using specific functions available in the ''password_compat'' library for the form authentication. This library is compatible with PHP >= 5.3.7 but some older version include the patch. It all depends on the distribution:

  • CentOS and RHEL 6.5 are supported.
  • On the other hand, Debian with PHP 5.3.3 is not! (For more information)

Getting the appropriate version of FreshRSS

FreshRSS has three different releases or branches. Each branch has its own release frequency. So it is better if you spend some time to understand the purpose of each release.

Stable release


This release is done when we consider that our goal concerning the new features and the stability is reached. It could happen that we make two releases in a really short time if we have a really good coding pace. In reality, we are all working on our spare time, so we release every few months. But this version is really stable, tested thoroughly and you should not face any major bugs.

Development release


As its name suggests, it is the working release for developers. This release is unstable! If you want to keep track of enhancements on a daily basis, you can use it. But keep in mind that you need to follow the branch activity on Github (via the branch RSS feed for instance). Some say that the main developers use it on a daily basis without problem. They may know what they are doing…

Apache installation

This is an example Apache virtual hosts configuration file. It covers http and https configuration.

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /path/to/FreshRSS

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/freshrss_error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/freshrss_access.log combined

    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME} =
    RewriteRule ^ https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [END,QSA,R=permanent]

<IfModule mod_ssl.c>
<VirtualHost *:443>
    DocumentRoot /path/to/FreshRSS

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/freshrss_error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/freshrss_access.log combined

    SSLCertificateFile /path/to/server.crt
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /path/to/server.key

    # Optional letsencrypt config (uncomment) line below
    #Include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-apache.conf

Nginx installation

This is an example nginx configuration file. It covers http, https and php-fpm configuration.

You can find simpler config file but they may be incompatible with FreshRSS API.

server {
  listen 80; # http on port 80
  listen 443 ssl; # https on port 443

  # https configuration
  ssl on;
  ssl_certificate      /etc/nginx/server.crt;
  ssl_certificate_key  /etc/nginx/server.key;

  # your server's url(s)

  # the folder p of your FreshRSS installation
  root /srv/FreshRSS/p/;

  index index.php index.html index.htm;

  # nginx log files
  access_log /var/log/nginx/rss.access.log;
  error_log /var/log/nginx/rss.error.log;

  # php files handling
  # this regex is mandatory because of the API
  location ~ ^.+?\.php(/.*)?$ {
    fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;
    fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.*)$;
    # By default, the variable PATH_INFO is not set under PHP-FPM
    # But FreshRSS API greader.php need it. If you have a "Bad Request" error, double check this var !
    fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $fastcgi_path_info;
    include fastcgi_params;
    fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;

  location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ index.php;

A step-by-step tutorial is available in french.