Running Plone on Windows
This quick start has been tested on Windows 7. Installation remains the same on older versions of Windows through WinXP.
- Run installer from Plone.org download page
- The Plone buildout directory will be installed in C:\Plone41
- The installer will launch your Plone instance when it finishes. To connect, direct your browser to: http://127.0.0.1:8080
In the buildout bin directory you'll find the executable files to control Plone instance.
For greater insight into the Windows installation process, Plone 4 Windows Installer Notes provides alternate deployment strategies for Windows.
Starting / stopping Plone and debug mode
If your Plone instance is shutdown you can start and control it from the command prompt.
To control Plone you need to execute your command prompt as an administrator.
In the command prompt enter the following command to access your buildout directory:
If Plone does not seem to start properly then try to start Plone in debug mode (also known as foreground). Type:
You can interrupt the instance by pressing CTRL-C. This will also take down the Zope application server and your Plone site.
If you want to run Plone in production mode please follow instructions below and install the Plone Window background service:
After this you can start Plone as a background service by typing:
When started in this manner, to stop Plone:
When you launch Plone in debug or daemon mode it will take a few moments to launch. If you are in debug mode, Plone will be ready serve pages when the following line is displayed in your command prompt:
INFO Zope Ready to handle requests
When the instance is running and listing to port 8080, point your browser to address on your local computer:
The Plone welcome screen will load and you can create your first Plone site directly by clicking the Create a new Plone Site button.
A form will load asking for the Path Identifier (aka the site id) and Title for a new Plone site. It will also allow you to select the main site language, and select any add-on products you wish to install with the site.
These entries can all be modified once the site is created. Changing the site id is possible, but not recommended.
To create your site, fill in this form and click the Create Plone Site button. Plone will then create and load your site.
The url of your local Plone instance will end with the site id you set when setting up your site. If the site id were Plone then the resultant URL is: http://127.0.0.1:8080/Plone.
Congratulations! You should be now logged in as an admin to your new Plone instance and you'll see the front page of Plone.