How to Install Magento via Softaculous

Step-by-step tutorial on how to use Softaculous to auto-install Magento

The easiest way to install Magento is via the Softaculous auto-installer. Softaculous is an application installer available in the cPanel control panel on all Magento Hosting plans, which allows you to browser, review and install more than 150 open-source applications in just a few clicks. This is a great tool which not only provides an easy-to-use user interface but also can save you a lot of time by automating most of the steps required for a successful Magento installation.


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Step 1 Locate the Softaculous Auto-Installer in cPanel

To access your Softaculous auto-installer simply login in your cPanel navigate to the Software/Services section and click on the Softaculous icon.


Magento Softaculous cPanel 

On the next page you will be referred to the Softaculous OpenSource catalog. From there you should navigate to the E-Commerce section from the menu on the left and click on Magento.


Locate Magento in Softaculous


From the Magento page you can Install, review the Magento features, read reviews and ratings or check the demo. In this tutorial we will proceed with the installation process by clicking on the Install button.


Start Magento installation via Softaculous


Step 2 Configure Magento Installation Settings

First, you can choose the desired Magento version, we recommend to install the latest version available but if you have a template or module that requires a previous Magento version you can always select the previous release via the drop down menu.


Secondly, you need to specify the protocol. In case you do not have a SSL certificate purchased and installed yet, you should leave this option to http://.



Installing your Magento application for the https:// protocol, without having a valid SSL certificate, might affect your website accessibility or result in security warnings. If you need a hosting solution with SSL certificate to secure your store, you may review our Magento Hosting plans.


The next option allows you to choose the domain name for which your Magento will be installed. In case you have any addon domain or a subdomain on which you would like to have your store configured, please select it via the drop down menu.


The last option you need to configure here is the name of the directory under which you would like to have Mangeto installed. If you would like to have your store accessible directly via your domain name (ex: then you should leave this box empty. In case you would like to have your Magento store accessible via any subdirectory (ex:, please fill in your directory name.


Magento Database Settings


Step 3 Complete Magento Installation Process

At the bottom of the page you need to configure your Magento Administrative username and password. This will be the account name and password required to login the Magento Admin Dashboard panel via which you can configure your store later. Please fill in your preferences and click the Install button.


Set Magento Admin Password

After clicking Install, a progress bar which appear to help you track the installation process. In a few seconds your Magento store installation should be completed and you will be provided with links to both your Magento Store and Magento admin dashboard.


Complete Magento Installation

Congratulations, you have successfully installed Magento on your hosting account.