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SuiteCRM Installation Guide


SuiteCRM is SugarCRM, Supercharged! SuiteCRM is a fork of the popular open source SugarCRM Community Edition. This release features a host of additional open source modules, along with the standard features and functionality found within SugarCRM CE.

Release Notes

See the latest release notes for SuiteCRM here.

Downloading and installing SuiteCRM

If you are installing SuiteCRM for the first time, follow the instructions in this section. If you have an earlier version of SuiteCRM installed, refer to the upgrade section for instructions on how to upgrade your SuiteCRM instance. Follow the steps listed below to install SuiteCRM:

  1. Install the platform-appropriate (Linux or Windows) version of PHP, web server, and database on your machine.
  2. Download the SuiteCRM files from “Downloading the latest SuiteCRM files” section).
  3. Copy the SuiteCRM files to your web server.
  4. Install SuiteCRM by following the SuiteCRM installation wizard.

Downloading the latest SuiteCRM files

  1. Navigate to the SuiteCRM Downloads section at
  2. Login using your username and password. If you do not have an account, you can register using the registration form.
  3. Download your flavour of SuiteCRM. We advise that all users download the latest SuiteCRM release. The latest version will contain the latest features and bug fixes.
  4. If you experience any issues during registering an account on our website or downloading SuiteCRM, please use our support forums.

Copying SuiteCRM files to web server

Once your SuiteCRM package has downloaded, you will need to unzip the files and set permissions required for the installation process. The following steps explain in detail the prerequisites to setting up your SuiteCRM files for installation:

  1. Locate the directory on the web server in which the SuiteCRM directory will be located(most commonly the root directory, or within a subdirectory).
  2. Unzip SuiteCRM into the directory selected in Step 1. This creates a “SuiteCRM” directory within your selected parent directory.
  3. At this stage, you may wish to rename the default “SuiteCRM” directory.
  4. Set ownership of the SuiteCRM directory:
    1. chgrp ApacheUser.ApacheGroup <suitecrmroot> -R recursively sets ownership for root directory to Apache user and group.
  5. The system user that your web server uses varies depending on your operating system. Common web server users are as follows:
    1. apache (Linux/Apache)
    2. nobody (Linux/Apache)
    3. IUSR_computerName (Windows/IIS)

If you are unsure how to set your web server user on your operating system, contact your web server host. If you are installing SuiteCRM locally and need assistance, visit our support forums.

  1. Set the following permissions on the SuiteCRM directory(Linux):
    1. sudo chown -R www-data:www-data .
    2. sudo chmod -R 755 .
    3. sudo chmod -R 775 cache custom modules themes data upload config_override.php

The commands/steps taken to setting permissions differs dependant on your operating system. If you are experiencing issues with setting permissions on your SuiteCRM instance, visit our support forums.

Recommended installation pre-requisites

  • PHP
  • JSON
  • XML Parsing
  • MB Strings Module
  • Writable SugarCRM Configuration File (config.php)
  • Writeable Custom Directory
  • Writable Modules Sub-Directories and Files
  • Writable Upload Directory
  • Writable Data Sub-Directories
  • Writable Cache Sub-Directories
  • PHP Memory Limit (at least 128M)
  • ZLIB Compression Module
  • ZIP Handling Module
  • PCRE Library
  • IMAP Module
  • cURL Module
  • Upload File Size
  • Sprite Support

Installing SuiteCRM

Once you have successfully copied the SuiteCRM files to your web server, you need to install SuiteCRM by following the on-screen installation wizard. You can navigate to the wizard by entering the following in your web browser: http://<yourServer>/<yourSuiteCRMDirectory>/install.php. You can perform a typical installation or a custom installation. Typical installation is recommended, but you can choose custom installation for the following reasons: The same Database Admin User should not be used as the SuiteCRM database administrator Locale settings should be specified during installation instead of after logging into SuiteCRM

Performing a typical installation of SuiteCRM

  1. Launch your browser and enter the following URL: http://<yourServer>/<yourSuiteCRMDirectory>/install.php
    • This displays the Welcome page.
  2. Click Next.
    • The Installer displays installation instructions and requirements to help determine successful SuiteCRM installation.
  3. Review the information and click Next.
    • This displays the SuiteCRM License Agreement.
  4. Review the license, check I Accept, and click Next. The installer checks the system for compatibility and then displays the Installation Options page.
    • Note: You can modify any of your settings at any time prior to clicking Install in the Confirm Setting menu. To modify any settings, click the Back button on your browser to return to the appropriate page.
  5. Select Typical Install.
  6. Click Next. This displays the Database Type page.
  7. Select the database that is installed on your system and click Next. This displays the Database Configuration page.
    a. Enter the database name. The Installer uses “suitecrm” as the default name for the database. You can specify a new name.
    b. Enter the Host Name or the Host Instance for the MySQL, MariaDB or SQL Server. The host name is, by default, set to localhost if your database server is running on the same machine as your web server.
    c. Enter the username and password for the Database Administrator and specify the SuiteCRM Database Username.
    d. Ensure that the Database Administrator you specify has the permissions to create and write to the SuiteCRM database.
    For My SQL, MariaDB and SQL Server, by default, the Installer selects the Admin User as the SuiteCRM Database User. The SuiteCRM application uses SuiteCRM Database User to communicate with the SuiteCRM database. You can create a different SuiteCRM Database user at this time.
      1. To select an existing user, choose Provide existing user from the SuiteCRM Database Username drop-down list. To create a new SuiteCRM Database user, choose Define user. Enter the database username and password in the relevant fields. Re-enter the password to confirm it. The new user information is displayed in System Credentials on the Confirm Settings page at the end of the installation process.
    • e. Accept No as the default value if you do not want the SuiteCRM Demo data. Select Yes to populate the database with the SuiteCRM Demo data.
  8. Click Next. The Installer validates the credentials of the specified administrator. If a database with that name already exists, it displays a dialog box asking you to either accept the database name or choose a new database. If you use an existing database name, the database tables will be dropped.
  9. Click Accept to accept the database name or click Cancel and enter a new name in the Database Name field.
    • This displays the Site Configuration page.
  10. Enter a name for the SuiteCRM administrator.
    • The SuiteCRM administrator (default name admin) has administrative privileges in SuiteCRM. You can change the default username.
  11. Enter a password for the SuiteCRM admin, re-enter it to confirm the password, and click Next.
    • This displays the Confirm Settings page. The Confirm Settings page displays a summary of the specified settings. Click Back on your browser to navigate to previous pages if you want to change the settings.
  12. Click Print Summary for a printout of the settings for your records.
    • Click Show Passwords and then click Print Summary to include the database user password and the SuiteCRM admin password in the printout. When you click Show Passwords, the system displays the passwords and changes the button name to Hide Passwords. You can click this button to hide the passwords again.
  13. Click Install.
    • This displays the Perform Setup page with the installation progress.
  14. Click Next when the setup is complete.
    • This displays the Registration page(registration is optional).
  15. Enter the necessary information and click Send Registration to register your SuiteCRM instance with SuiteCRM; or click No Thanks to skip registration.
    • This displays the SuiteCRM login page. You can now log into SuiteCRM with the SuiteCRM admin name and password that you specified during installation.

Performing a custom installation of SuiteCRM

  1. Launch your browser and go to your new SuiteCRM installation. The URL should be similar to the following:
  2. The Welcome to the SuiteCRM Setup Wizard screen
    You need to accept the licence agreement first. To do so:
    1. Click the I Accept checkbox.
    2. Click Next to continue.
  3. The Pre-Installation requirements screen
    The installer will display installation instructions and requirements.
    1. Please review the information and resolve any issues.
    2. Click Next to continue.
  4. The Configuration screen
    This is where you will configure SuiteCRM to work with your customized environment.
    1. Database Configuration
      1. Specify Database Type
        Select the type of database you will be using. If you do not see your database here, please make sure you have installed the correct php modules.
      2. Provide Database Name
        1. Database Name
          suitecrm is default name for the database. You can specify a custom name as well.
        2. Host Name
          It is set to localhost by default. If your database server is running on a different machine as your web server, you can specify a custom location.
        3. User & Password
          Enter the username and password for the Database Administrator and specify the SuiteCRM Database Username. Note: You must ensure that the Database Administrator you specify has the permissions to create and write to the SuiteCRM database.
        4. SuiteCRM Database User
          The SuiteCRM application uses the SuiteCRM Database user to communicate with the SuiteCRM database. For MySQL, MariaDB and SQL Server, the Installer selects the Admin user by default. You can also select an existing database user or create a new one. To do so Enter the database username and password in the relevant fields and re-enter the password to confirm it. This new user information displays in System Credentials on the Confirm Settings page at the end of the installation process.
    2. Site Configuration
      1. Identify Administration User
        1. SuiteCRM Application Admin Name
          This is the username of the administrator account. Ex: johnsmith
        2. SuiteCRM Admin User Password
          This is the password of the administrator account. Please re-enter it in the Re-enter SuiteCRM Admin User Password section for validation.
        3. URL of SuiteCRM Instance
          The URL to the CRM. Ex:
        4. Email Address
          This is the administrator's email address. Ex:
    3. More Options
      In this section you can opt to:
      • Populate SuiteCRM with semo data
      • Add SMTP server specifications
      • Add branding (Name and logo)
      • Set the system locale
      • Set security options
    Once you are happy with all the settings on the page click Next to begin installation.
  5. The Installation screen
    The Installer validates the credentials of the specified administrator. If a database with the specified name already exists, it displays a dialog box prompting you to either accept the database name or choose a new database. If you use an existing database name, the database tables will be dropped. Click Accept to drop current tables or click Cancel and specify a new database name.
  6. Login to your new SuiteCRM instance!

Upgrading SuiteCRM

Log into your SuiteCRM instance to use the Upgrade Wizard. There is currently no silent upgrade path available for SuiteCRM. CAUTION: It is strongly recommended that you run the upgrade process on a copy of your production system.

Compatibility matrix for upgrade

SuiteCRM runs on a variety of Operating Systems, Web servers, databases and PHP versions. It supports many browsers.

Check the Compatibility Matrix for complete information on compatible versions.

Operating systems

  • Windows: SuiteCRM runs on any OS that runs PHP
  • Linux: SuiteCRM runs on any OS that runs PHP
  • Mac: SuiteCRM runs on any OS that runs PHP


  • MySQL
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MariaDB

Web Servers

  • Apache
  • Microsoft IIS


On the client side, you can access SuiteCRM using any of these browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Edge
  • Safari

It is likely that many other browsers will work correctly even if they are not officially supported.

Upgrading to SuiteCRM from SugarCRM Community Edition

Upgrade paths are available for SugarCRM 6.5.x to SuiteCRM 7.1.8 from the SuiteCRM [1] section of the SuiteCRM website.

Upgrade prerequisites

  • Backup your current SuiteCRM directory and database before beginning the upgrade process.
  • Disable op-code caching before upgrading your SuiteCRM installation if op-code caching is enabled in the PHP configuration file. You can enable it after the upgrade process is complete.
  • Increase the default value of the parameters listed below before you begin the upgrade process if you are using Zend Core 2.0:
    • Navigate to C:\Program Files\Zend\Core\etc\fastcgi.conf and increase the default value for ConnectionTimeout to 3000 seconds and RequestTimeout to 6000 seconds.
    • Navigate to the php.ini file and increase the default value of max_execution_time to 6000 seconds.
  • Perform the following for the large size of the upgrade files:
    • Modify and save the value of Maximum upload size to 21000000 (20MB) in the Advanced section of the System Settings page of your current SuiteCRM installation.
    • Navigate to the php.ini file on your web server and configure the parameters listed below in the Advanced section of the System Settings page of your current SuiteCRM installation:
      • Set post_max_size to at least 60MB
      • Set upload_max_filesize settings to at least 60MB
      • Set max_input_time to a large number
      • Set memory_limit to 256MB

Restart the web server and begin the upgrade process.

  • Ensure that LimitRequestBody is set to a large number or use the default value of 2GB if you are using an Apache web server and LimitRequestBody is set in the httpd.conffile. Restart Apache and begin the upgrade process.
  • Ensure that the webserver user has write permissions to the SuiteCRM database. The upgrade to SuiteCRM 7.0.x will add and replace files in several locations including the SuiteCRM root directory. The webserver user must have write permissions for the root folder and all sub-directories during the upgrade process.
  • The process of upgrading can take up to 30 minutes. Set the CGI script timeout to more than the default 300 seconds to ensure that the CGI application does not time out if you are using the IIS web server.
  • Save PHP files for customized modules (for example, accounts.php) in the Customs directory and not within the main module. Existing customizations may be overridden by changes in SuiteCRM 7.0.x during upgrade.

Upgrade considerations

The Dynamic Teams feature requires some database schema changes across all modules as part of the upgrade process. For larger databases, this operation can take some time to complete. Follow the steps listed below to ensure a smooth upgrade process:

  1. Test your upgrade on a development instance instead of the production instance.
  2. Use the Silent Upgrade method through the command line interface to conduct the upgrade instead of the Upgrade Wizard inside the application if your database contains more than 10000 records per table.
  3. Log into the application as an Administrator and use the Repair option to repair and rebuild the database after the upgrade is complete.

Using the Upgrade Wizard

The Upgrade Wizard provides a quick way to upgrade to the latest version of the SuiteCRM application. It includes critical upgrade logic as well as the SQL commands needed to upgrade the application. Ensure that the config.php file for your installation, located in the SuiteCRM root directory, is writable, before using the Upgrade Wizard. Note: Manual upgrades by file replacements and running the upgrade SQL are not supported.

Upgrading SuiteCRM using the Upgrade Wizard

  1. Download the appropriate SuiteCRM Upgrade zip file from the SuiteCRM website to your local machine. For example, download the SuiteCRMPro-Upgrade-6.4.x-to-6.5.0.zipfile to upgrade SuiteCRM Professional from version 6.4.x to 6.5.0. Download the appropriate conversion file to convert to SuiteCRM Professional or SuiteCRM Enterprise.
  2. Log into your existing SuiteCRM application as the administrator and click admin on the right-hand corner of the page.
  3. Click Upgrade Wizard in the Systems panel of the Administration Home page.
    • This displays the Upgrade Wizard page.
  4. Click Next.
    • This displays the System Checks page. and SuiteCRM begins the system check process. The Systems Check page indicates that there were no issues if the system check process completes successfully. Issues with file permissions, database, and server settings are listed on the page if the system check process encountered any problems.
  5. Click Next if the system check is successful.
    • This displays the Upload an Upgrade page.
  6. Click Browse, and navigate to the location of the upgrade zip file and select it.
    • The path to the file displays in the Upload an upgrade field.
  7. Click Upload Upgrade to upload the package to the SuiteCRM application.
    • The system uploads the package and displays it on the page. Use the Delete Package button to remove the package if necessary.
  8. Click Next.
    • This displays the Preflight Check page.
    • Click Show Schema Change Script toview differences in the SuiteCRM databases schema between your current and new SuiteCRM versions.
    • By default, the Upgrade Wizard Runs SQL option is selected as the database update method. Select Manual SQL Queries from the Database Update Method drop-down list and select the Check when SQL has been manually run box, if you ran the SQL queries manually.
  9. Click Recheck to rerun Preflight Check. Click Next to skip this step.
    • This displays the Commit Upgrade page.
    • You can also click Show to see a list of files that were copied and the rebuilt results. You can also view skipped queries.
  10. Click Next.
    • During the upgrade process, SuiteCRM performs a three-way merge between the customized instance on old version, default instance on old version, and default instance on new version. This three-way merge adds any fields that have been added to the default module layouts in the new version to the corresponding module layouts in the existing version, if the module layouts in the old version were not customized through Studio (or in the appropriate upgrade-safe way) prior to the upgrade. The three-way merge also changes the placement of fields in non-Studio-customized module layouts to match the placement in the default module layouts.
    • SuiteCRM displays the Confirm Layouts page as Step 5 of the upgrade process if the existing module layouts have been customized, and there are changes to the default fields and field placement in the new module layouts.
    • The Confirm Layouts page lists the module layouts that have changed in the new version. The administrator has the option of applying the changes to the existing module layouts. By default, all of the listed module layouts are selected to be merged during the upgrade.
    • For example, in 6.1.0, SuiteCRM added the Assigned To fields to the default Detail View and Edit View layouts for Notes and for Email Templates. If the instance being upgraded has a customized EditView layout for Notes, but no customized layouts for Email Templates, the following will occur during the upgrade:
    a. The Confirm Layouts page appears as Step 5 in the Upgrade Wizard
    b. The Confirm Layouts page displays the Notes module with the EditView and DetailView layouts. The Email Templates layouts do not display on the Confirm Layouts page because the existing layouts were not customized.
    c. The Administrator has the option of choosing to merge the changes in the Notes module with the existing customized EditView layout.
  11. Uncheck the module if you do not want to add the new fields to a module.
  12. Click Next.
    • This displays a message confirming that the layouts were successfully merged (if you chose to update your modules).
  13. Click Next.
  14. The Debrief page confirms the upgrade installation. Complete the steps for manual merging of files or running SQL queries now.
  15. Click Done.
    • This displays the Home page indicating that the upgrade is complete.
  16. Click Repair and select the Rebuild Relationships andRebuild Extensions options in the Systems panel of the Administration Home page.
    • For more information, see Repair.
  17. Manually merge the files by extracting the skipped file from the patch zip file if you unchecked any files to prevent the Upgrade Wizard from overwriting them. Merge the file installed in the SuiteCRM application directory.
    • Note:Check the upgradeWizard.log file in the SuiteCRM folder for information on unsuccessful SuiteCRM upgrades.

Uninstalling a SuiteCRM instance

Follow these steps to uninstall your SuiteCRM instance:

  1. Navigate to the directory within your web server where SuiteCRM is located.
  2. Remove the SuiteCRM directory(Linux: rm -r <suitedirectory> if you wish to be prompted, rm -rf <suitedirectory> if you wish to delete the directory without being prompted).
  3. Delete the SuiteCRM database schema from your server database(default is “suitecrm”, this will differ if this has been renamed during the installation process)..

Troubleshooting and Support

SuiteCRM is an open source project. As such please do not contact us directly via email or phone for SuiteCRM support. Instead please use our support forum. By using the forum the knowledge is shared with everyone in the community. Our developers answer questions on the forum daily but it also gives the other members of the community the opportunity to contribute. If you would like customisations to specifically fit your SuiteCRM needs then please use our contact form.