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phpMyFAQ - Open Source FAQ web application for PHP and MySQL, PostgreSQL and other databases

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phpMyFAQ 3.1

Travis branch Minimum PHP Version

What is phpMyFAQ?

phpMyFAQ is a multilingual, completely database-driven FAQ-system. It supports various databases to store all data, PHP 7.3+ is needed in order to access this data. phpMyFAQ also offers a multi-language Content Management System with a WYSIWYG editor and an Image Manager, real time search support with Elasticsearch, flexible multi-user support with user and group based permissions on categories and records, a wiki-like revision feature, a news system, user-tracking, 40+ supported languages, enhanced automatic content negotiation, HTML5/CSS3 based responsive templates, PDF-support, a backup and restore system, a dynamic sitemap, related FAQs, tagging, enhanced SEO features, built-in spam protection systems, OpenLDAP and Microsoft Active Directory support, and an easy to use installation and update script.


phpMyFAQ is only supported on PHP 7.3 and up, you need a database as well. Supported databases are MySQL, MariaDB, Percona Server, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server and SQLite3. If you want to use Elasticsearch as main search engine, you need Elasticsearch 5.x or later as well. Check our detailed requirements on for more information.


phpMyFAQ installation package for end-users

The best way to install phpMyFAQ is to download it on, unzip the package and open in your preferred browser.

phpMyFAQ installation with Docker


The Dockerfile provided in this repo only build an environment to run any release it's for development purpose. It does not contain any code as the phpmyfaq folder is meant to be mount as the

folder in the container.

To build a production release please use the docker-hub repository or use images provided on


For development purposes you can start a full stack to run your current PhpMyFAQ source code from your local repo.

$ docker-compose up

The command above starts 6 containers for multi database development as following.

Specific images started once to prepare the project:

  • composer: update composer dependencies
  • yarn: update yarn dependencies

Running using named volumes:

  • mariadb: image with MariaDB database with xtrabackup support
  • postgres: image with PostgreSQL database
  • elasticsearch: Open Source Software image (it means it does not have XPack installed)
  • phpmyadmin: a PHP tool to have a look on your database.

Running apache web server with PHP 7.4 support:

  • phpmyfaq: mounts the
    folder in place of

Then services will be available at following addresses:

  • phpMyFAQ: (http://localhost:8080)
  • phpMyAdmin: (http://localhost:8000)

Running tests

To run the test using Docker you have to install the Composer development dependencies

$ curl -s | php
$ php composer.phar install

Quote from ElasticSearch documentation

The vm.maxmapcount kernel setting needs to be set to at least 262144 for production use. Depending on your platform:


The vm.max*map_count setting should be set permanently in */etc/sysctl.conf_:

$ grep vm.max_map_count /etc/sysctl.conf

To apply the setting on a live system type:

sysctl -w vm.max_map_count=262144
macOS with Docker for Mac

The vm.maxmapcount setting must be set within the xhyve virtual machine:

$ screen ~/Library/Containers/com.docker.docker/Data/com.docker.driver.amd64-linux/tty

Log in with root and no password. Then configure the sysctl setting as you would for Linux:

$ sysctl -w vm.max_map_count=262144
Windows and macOS with Docker Toolbox

The vm.maxmapcount setting must be set via docker-machine:

$ docker-machine ssh
$ sudo sysctl -w vm.max_map_count=262144

phpMyFAQ installation from Github

$ git clone git://
$ cd phpMyFAQ
$ git checkout 3.0
$ curl -s | php
$ php composer.phar install
$ curl -o- -L | bash
$ yarn install
$ yarn build

Then just open in your browser.


To run our unit tests via PHPUnit v8.x, just execute this command on your CLI

$ curl -s | php
$ php composer.phar install
$ ./vendor/bin/phpunit

Please note that phpMyFAQ needs to be installed via Composer.


For transparency and insight into our release cycle, and for striving to maintain backward compatibility, phpMyFAQ will be maintained under the Semantic Versioning guidelines as much as possible.

Releases will be numbered with the following format:


And constructed with the following guidelines:

  • Breaking backward compatibility bumps the major (and resets the minor and patch)
  • New additions without breaking backward compatibility bumps the minor (and resets the patch)
  • Bug fixes and misc changes bumps the patch

For more information on SemVer, please visit

Bug tracker

Have a bug or a feature request? Please open a new issue. Before opening any issue, please search for existing issues.


Please check out our page about contributing on


You can find the full documentation on


The REST API v2 documentation is located here in this repository and also on


Mozilla Public License 2.0, see LICENSE for more information.

Copyright (c) 2001-2020 Thorsten Rinne and the phpMyFAQ Team

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