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Server Requirements

  • PHP 5.2.0 or newer
    • PHP Config (php.ini): file_uploads = on
    • PHP Data Objects module installed (
    • PDO_MySQL module must be enabled (
    • GD version 2.0 or newer (optional, but required for profile pictures)
    • cURL (to allow plugin sandboxing)
  • MySQL 5 or newer
  • Apache 2 or newer
    • AllowOverride = All (optional, but it allows friendly urls)
    • mod_rewrite (optional, but it allows friendly urls)

Browser Requirements

The core javascript library we use is jQuery, so we conform to their browser requirements. It should be noted, however, that all pages in Vanilla remain fully functional with javascript turned off completely.

Edited July 2012 by Tim