How to Install Drupal 8 via Softaculous

Step by Step tutorial on Installing Drupal 8 using the Softaculous auto-installer

In this Tutorial, we will review the Installation of Drupal 8 via the Softaculous auto-installer. Softaculous offers a very quick and simple installation that will take you only a few clicks.


To install Drupal 8 via Softaculous, you need to:

Step 1 Find Drupal 8 in Softaculous

To access the auto-installer, you will have to login to your cPanel>Softaculous.


Accessing Softaculous via cPanel


Now click on the Softaculous icon and search for “Drupal” using the search bar.


Finding Drupal in Softaculous


Here you can read more about the application and some of its main features and requirements. Click on the Install button to direct to the configuration page.


Installing Drupal 8 via Softaculous


Step 2 Configure the Install

You will have to fill out these fields:


  • Choose the version you want to install - Select Drupal 8.0.1 or a newer 8.x.x version
  • Choose Protocol – Here you can choose whether to have your Drupal accessible via HTTP or HTTPS



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  • Choose Domain - The domain that you will be using for your new Drupal installation. This is usually the primary domain name of your account. However, if you have any addon or subdomains, they will be visible via the drop-down box here.
  • In Directory - If you would like to have your website accessible directly via your domain name (ex: then you should leave this box empty. In case you would like to have Drupal 8 accessible via any subdirectory (ex:, please fill in your directory name.
  • CRON Job - Set the schedule for the Drupal 8 cron job.


Configuring the Drupal 8 install in Softaculous


Scroll down and you will be able to set the details for your Admin account.


Configuring the Admin Account for Drupal 82


Input the Username, password and email address you wish to use for your Admin account. If you wish to review the Advanced Options expand that menu and you will be able to modify:


  • Database Name – The name of the database you wish to set for this instance of Drupal 8
  • Database Prefix – The prefix of the database is a way of making the entries from this installation of Drupal unique if you are using one Database for multiple installations
  • Disable Update Notifications – To disable Update notifications, please checkmark this box.


Configuring the Advanced Options for Drupal 8 and Installing


When you are ready to continue, click on the Install button.


After a few seconds of installation, your new website will be ready and you will be provided with links for both your front-end and back-end (Admin area).

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