# Installing from CLI

Strapi CLI (Command Line Interface) installation scripts are the fastest way to get Strapi running locally. The following guide is the installation option most recommended by Strapi.

# Preparing the installation

The installation requires the following software to be already installed on your computer:

A database is also required for any Strapi project. Strapi currently supports the following databases:

Database Minimum Recommended
MySQL 5.7.8 8.0
MariaDB 10.3 10.6
PostgreSQL 11.0 14.0
SQLite 3 3


Strapi v4 does not support MongoDB.

# Creating a Strapi project

🤓 CLI installation options

The following installation guide covers the most basic installation option using the CLI. There are however other options that can be used when creating a new Strapi project:

  • Using the --quickstart flag at the end of the command to directly create the project in quickstart mode.
  • Using the --template flag at the end of the command to create a project with pre-made Strapi configurations (see Templates).
  • Using the --typescript flag (or the shorter version --ts) at the end of the command to create a project in TypeScript.
  • Using the --no-run flag will prevent Strapi from automatically starting the server (useful in combination with --quickstart)

For more information on available flags, see our CLI documentation.

Strapi also offers a starters CLI to create a project with a pre-made frontend application (see our dedicated blog post (opens new window)).

  1. In a terminal, run the following command:

  2. Choose an installation type:

    • Quickstart (recommended), which uses the default database (SQLite)
    • Custom (manual settings), which allows to choose your preferred database
  3. (Custom installation type only) Among the list of databases, choose a database for your Strapi project.

  4. (Custom installation type only) Name your project's database.


Experimental Strapi versions are released every Tuesday through Saturday at midnight GMT. You can create a new Strapi application based on the latest experimental release using npx create-strapi-app@experimental.

Please use these experimental builds at your own risk. It is not recommended to use them in production.

# Running Strapi

To start the Strapi application, run the following command in the project folder: