# 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 CLI installation guide requires at least two software prerequisites to be already installed on your computer:

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


Starting from the release of Strapi v4, MongoDB is not supported natively anymore and no connector is available. For more information, please refer to the official communication on the topic (opens new window).

Database Minimum version
SQLite 3
PostgreSQL 10
MySQL 5.6
MariaDB 10.1
MongoDB 3.6

# 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).

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:
  1. Choose an installation type:

    • Quickstart (recommended), which uses the default database (SQLite)
    • Custom (manual settings), which allows to choose your preferred database
  2. When terminal asks Would you like to use a template?, type y for yes or n for no then press Enter.

  3. (Templates only) Among the list of use cases, choose one for your Strapi project.

  4. (Custom installation type only) Among the list of databases, choose a database for your Strapi project.

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

# Running Strapi

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