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How to Install Joomla on Cloud9 IDE

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We’ve covered installing Joomla on an IaaS like AWS and on a PaaS like Openshift many times before. We’ve also covered installing Joomla or development purposes on Koding, unfortunately, Koding will no longer provide the free limited VMs they used to provide for development purposes, so if you’re like me and you’re seeking an alternative then look no further as Cloud9 is here for the rescue.

This post will present a step by step guide on how to install Joomla for free on Cloud9 for development purposes, please note that it’s not advisable to install a Production version of Joomla on Cloud9 as the free tier isn’t designed for that intended purpose. Now, and without further ado let’s dive into the tutorial.


First, you’ll need to sign-up for the free version of Cloud9.

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Step One

After signing up and confirming your email, you’ll be directed to your dashboard, just click on the “add workspace” plus sign.

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Step Two

You’ll be directed to a new window where you should set up your workspace, select the PHP option and then create the workspace.

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Step Three

You’ll then be directed to your workspace, in the terminal just download the latest release of Joomla using “wget”, at the time of writing this post the command should be as follow;

Wget https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/releases/download/3.6.0/Joomla_3.6.0-Stable-Full_Package.zip

Step Four

After the download is complete, just unzip the downloaded folder using the following command;

unzip Joo*

Step Five

After the unzip is complete just click on the “Run Project” arrow, then click on the “Preview”, the installation window will appear in a browser like side-window.

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Step Six

To prevent any problems during the installation (http and https conflict), just click on the pop-out icon in the browser-like window as seen below, and change the https to http.

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Step Seven

In the first installation window, enter your admin name, email, password and website name then hit the “Next” tab.

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Step Eight

In the next step, you’ve to enter the database credentials, use the one in the screenshot below; Host Name “”, username “root”, database name “c9”.

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Step Nine

In the following step of the installation process, you’ll select the demo data that you’d like to include with the installation, then hit the install tab.

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Step Ten

In the final step, just click on the “Remove Installation Folder” tab then either log to the administration window “back-end” or view the website “Frot-end”.

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Congratulations, now you have a fully functional installation of Joomla on Cloud9. But, remember this installation should be for development purposes only and not for production.

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