Express Installation

The express version of ContentBox is a fully embedded running server powered by Lucee, an open source CFML engine, and Tomcat. It comes bundled with a JRE for your operating system or one without a JRE can be downloaded as well.


Make sure your system has a working Java Runtime 1.7+ environment if you are downloading the express version with no JRE. A quick test to see if your system supports Java is to open a terminal or command prompt and typing:

java -version

You should see something like this:

java version "1.8.0_40"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_40-b27)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.40-b25, mixed mode)

Just make sure what it is Java 1.7+.

Step 1: Download Express

The first step is for you to download ContentBox ( or you can use the command below:

# stable no-jre
# stable with jre for windows
# stable with jre for mac
# stable with jre for linux

# bleeding edge no-jre
# bleeding edge with jre for windows
# bleeding edge with jre for mac
# bleeding edge with jre for linux

Once downloaded expand the archive

unzip contentbox-express-{version}.zip

This will expand into the folder of your liking.

Step 2: Permissions

On some operating systems like Linux or Mac, you will need to enable run permissions. So drop into a shell or terminal in that folder you expanded and type:

chmod -R 777 bin

This will add execution and write permissions to the bin folder which is required.

Step 3: Run it

Go into the bin folder and and execute either the startup.bat or or according to your OS. Then visit the site in a browser on port 8085 by default.

Step 4: Setup Server Passwords

Make sure you visit the following URLs and setup a server and web application password for the underlying engines:

# server password
# web password

Step 5: Create A Datasource

You can now visit your application under http://localhost:8085 and you will be presented with our datasource wizard. Since we are in express edition, just choose the embedded database and follow the instructions.

Step 6: Run ContentBox Installer

That's it! We are now ready to run the ContentBox installer wizard. ContentBox will automagically create all the necessary database tables, indexes and constraints for you. After it does this, it will present you with our ContentBox installer, where you will fill in:

  • Administrator Account

  • Site Information

  • Notification Emails

  • Email Information

  • URL Rewriting

  • Enjoy your ContentBox installation!

Caution We recommend that after you install ContentBox that you remove the installer and datasource wizard modules from disk. You can do so manually or via the Dashboard once you log in. {Root}/modules/contentbox-installer and {Root}/modules/contentbox-dsncreator

Changing the Default Port

Go to the conf/server.xml and look for the following:

<Connector port="8085" protocol="HTTP/1.1"
               redirectPort="8443" />

Just update the port to whatever you desire.

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