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Introduction Package

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TYPO3 is a content management system written in PHP and using a supporting database management system. A typical TYPO3 download package consists of a core and a few extensions, with a large number of additional extensions available for installation on demand. For more information about TYPO3, visit .

The TYPO3 Introduction Package is a TYPO3 extension meant for first-time administrators and users who would install and operate their own TYPO3 site. It is designed to quickly install a TYPO3 site, where the user can then browse the front end website to see some TYPO3 capabilities, and where the user can also access the back end to explore editing and administration of the site.

For more information about the TYPO3 Introduction Package, visit the download page at ; the news page at ; and the project page at . Also, the TYPO3 Introduction Package is the basis for the TYPO3 Getting Started Tutorial at .


The TYPO3 Introduction Package relies on some preparatory actions to be done before installation. For a first-time user, these preparatory actions are not plainly stated among the instructions in the expected "Read me" and "Install" documents in the download package.

The Introduction Package uses the previously written (and already included) TYPO3 1-2-3 Install Tool to guide the user through installation steps. In its internal workings, though, the 1-2-3 Install Tool requests directories from the web server, and assumes the web server knows it wants the "index.php" file in those directories. Your preparatory action here is to configure your web server to serve "index.php" files automatically. If you are using the Apache HTTP Server, edit its "httpd.conf" file (in its "Apache2.2/conf/" directory): change its "DirectoryIndex index.html" line to read "DirectoryIndex index.html index.php".

The Introduction Package uses another TYPO3 extension called RealURL. RealURL requires the web server be configured to allow rewriting of the package's virtual URLs into URLs that explicitly give name-value parameters used internally in TYPO3. (The RealURL extension in the Introduction Package will perform the actual rewriting: it just must be permitted to do so.) If you are using the Apache HTTP Server, edit its "httpd.conf" file: Uncomment (by removing the leading # character) the "#LoadModule rewrite_module modules/" line if set.

(Once you have extracted files and subdirectories for the package's installation, you can find the RealURL manual at "typo3conf/ext/realurl/doc/manual.sxw" , or you can find it online at . If you don't have permissions to edit "httpd.conf", you may want to create or edit a ".htaccess" file in the Apache Document Root folder of you domain. You may also want to read or or .)

TYPO3 relies on GraphicsMagick or ImageMagick to perform image manipulation. (The TYPO3 program prefers GraphicsMagick, but documentation often discusses ImageMagick by itself. Which program you actually use is your choice.) GraphicsMagick and ImageMagick are separate programs the user must choose, download and install independently. If the user does so properly and before installing the TYPO3 Introduction Package, the TYPO3 installation process should find GraphicsMagick or ImageMagick automatically. To download and install GraphicsMagick or ImageMagick, search the Internet with "TYPO3", either "GraphicsMagick" or "ImageMagick", and your operating system included in your search terms.


The TYPO3 Introduction Package is available for download at . Download the package to your local workstation, then extract all its files and subdirectories to your local web server's document root directory (which may be "htdocs/", "public_html/", "www/", or a similar name).

Launch your web browser, and visit http://localhost/ . You should see the first page of the TYPO3 1-2-3 Install Tool, which says, "Welcome to the TYPO3 Install Tool," and presents a "continue" button. You can click on the "continue" button to proceed to the next installation step (page).

You can return to the 1-2-3 Installation at a later time by adding the parameters "mode=123&step=1" to the install tool's url. Or enter "http://localhost/typo3/install/index.php?mode=123&step=1&password=joh316" into the web browser.

The next step is "Connect to your database host." Here, pick your database management system (DBMS) driver; enter the username and password you want to use to connect to the DBMS from TYPO3; and pick your database host. (Your DBMS may require you to grant the username and password separately from within the DBMS, before completing this step.)

The next step is "Select database." Here, either enter a name of a database to create (recommended), or select an existing database.

The next step is "Choose a package." You can pick either "Introduction package" (recommended) or "blank system".

The process now shows "Installation now in progress..." It may spend several minutes showing this notice, then it will proceed to the next step.

The next step is "Introduction package." Here, you enter a password used for access during operation, and you may change a color scheme for the website.

The next step says, "Congratulations, TYPO3 has been successfully installed on your system!" You have completed the installation process. You can click on a "go to your website" button to go to your new website at http://localhost/ .


You can also use a subdirectory or your Apache Document Root to install the Introduction Package. In this example the Document Root is "/var/www/html/". Replace this if you have another Document Root on your computer. You unzip all the files into the folder (subdirectory) "/var/www/html/introductionpackage-4.6.6". This example is for the file "introductionpackage-4.6.6.tar.gz". In this case you must follow these steps.

  • Edit the file .htaccess in "/var/www/html/introductionpackage-4.6.6".
  • Modify the line 84 containing "#RewriteBase /" at the beginning and change it to "RewriteBase /introductionpackage-4.6.6"
  • Edit the file "/var/www/html/introductionpackage-4.6.6/typo3conf/settings/introduction.ts"
  • Set "domain = localhost".
  • Set "absRefPrefix = http://localhost/introductionpackage-4.6.6"


If you encounter a problem during installation and want to start over, here are steps to remove (or "uninstall") TYPO3.

  • Stop your web server if it is running. (If you leave it running, you may receive a cryptic "file in use" error message while deleting files.)
  • Delete all TYPO3 files and subdirectories from the web server's document root directory.
  • Start your web server, if you just stopped it.
  • Check your database management system, and delete or drop the database you just created if you reached that step during installation.


The home page of the new Introduction Package website is http://localhost/index.php . The home page is, in fact, a program that will serve content pages, beginning with the "get started" page that says, "Congratulations, you have successfully installed TYPO3. So--what's next?" There are a number of links on the page that point to both internal pages in the website and external pages on the Internet. If you click on an internal page link (such as to "About TYPO3" or "Features") and receive a "404 Not found" error message, you probably have not configured the web server to rewrite the virtual URLs being used, here. See the Preparation section, above.

The Introduction Package home page shows a primary navigation menu across the upper part of the page, with a search bar on the left followed by the internal links: "get started", "about TYPO3", "features", "customizing TYPO3", "resources", "examples", and "feedback". In the upper right corner is a "customer login" link meant for front end user login, to reach restricted portions of the website. In the middle of the page is a "log into TYPO3" link meant for back end user login, to edit content and administer the site. At the bottom of the page are a number of external links to pages at and to other sites with TYPO3 information.

Some of the internal pages in the website have secondary navigation menus in the left column, leading to further internal pages. The internal pages also have "breadcrumb navigation", just under the primary menu.

Browsing the website yields explanations of various TYPO3 characteristics, and examples of a few TYPO3 capabilities. Viewing the HTML source code for pages in the website gives further illustration of what can be done, and leads to the CSS, JavaScript, GIF, and JPEG files associated with the pages.

If you visit internal pages in which images are not behaving as expected, you probably have not installed the GraphicsMagick or ImageMagick program, at least not so TYPO3 could find it. See the tips in the Problems section, below.

You can log in to the back end via the "log into TYPO3" link on the "get started" page, or by visiting http://localhost/typo3/index.php directly. Refer to the right column, "How do I log in," on the "get started" page for username-password combinations.

In the back end (also spelled backend), you will see a menu of modules in the left column, and a description of those modules in the middle of the page when you first log in. (You can find these descriptions by clicking on "About modules" in the left column, anytime.) If you click on "Page" under "Web" in the left column, you will see a middle column that shows a "page tree" (a hierarchical website page listing), at first collapsed into a few lines with some right-pointing triangles. Click on one of the triangles to expand the listing. Then click the name of a page to show an area in which you can manipulate the page's contents. Click on the triangle next to "TypoScript Templates" to expand its listing; then click on one of the folder names underneath (such as "system_configuration"); then click on "List" under "Web" in the left column. To the right of the page tree, you will see a listing of the TypoScript templates in that folder. To leave the back end, click on "logout" in the upper right corner.

For further information about the TYPO3 back end, visit documentation pages or purchase one of the books written about TYPO3.


After you launch your web browser and visit http://localhost/ , if you see a simple directory listing, you probably haven't configured your web server to serve "index.php" files automatically. (Or, you may not have restarted your web server so that it can read your edits of its configuration files.) See the Preparation section, above.

During installation, you may find yourself suddenly in the classic TYPO3 Installation Tool, which was written before the 1-2-3 Install Tool and is a more general approach to TYPO3 installation. The classic Installation Tool has a menu containing items such as: "Basic Configuration"; "All Configuration"; "Database Analyzer"; "Clean up"; "Backend admin"; "Logout from Install Tool". If you did not intend to use the classic Installation Tool, you should exit it, then remove TYPO3 and start over with installation.

If you are taking time during installation, you may suddenly find you are out of time. The TYPO3 installation process creates a temporary file (named ENABLE_INSTALL_TOOL) and checks it periodically. Once the file is an hour old, TYPO3 deletes the file. Since the next check doesn't find the file, the installation process terminates. You may wish to solve this problem manually, or remove TYPO3 and start over with installation.

If you experience a problem not described in this article, whether during installation or operation of the TYPO3 Introduction Package, here are a few tips.