Typo3 is a free and open-source content management system written in PHP language. It is a simple, flexible, and professional CMS that offers services and solutions for teams across industries. It is a great alternative to popular CMS platforms like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. Additionally, it can be installed on all major operating systems and runs on Apache, Nginx, and IIS web servers.

In this post, we will show you how to install Typo3 CMS on Arch Linux.

Step 1 – Configure Repository

By default, the default repository is outdated in Arch Linux, so you will need to modify the default mirror list if you have not done so already. You can do it by editing the mirror list configuration file:

nano /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

Remove all lines and add the following lines:

## Score: 0.7, United States
Server = http://mirror.us.leaseweb.net/archlinux/$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 0.8, United States
Server = http://lug.mtu.edu/archlinux/$repo/os/$arch
Server = http://mirror.nl.leaseweb.net/archlinux/$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 0.9, United Kingdom
Server = http://mirror.bytemark.co.uk/archlinux/$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 1.5, United Kingdom
Server = http://mirrors.manchester.m247.com/arch-linux/$repo/os/$arch
Server = http://archlinux.dcc.fc.up.pt/$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 6.6, United States
Server = http://mirror.cs.pitt.edu/archlinux/$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 6.7, United States
Server = http://mirrors.acm.wpi.edu/archlinux/$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 6.8, United States
Server = http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/archlinux/$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 7.1, India
Server = http://mirror.cse.iitk.ac.in/archlinux/$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 10.1, United States
Server = http://mirrors.xmission.com/archlinux/$repo/os/$arch

Save and close the file, then update all the package indexes with the following command:

pacman -Syu

Step 2 – Install Apache and PHP

Typo3 CMS is written in PHP and runs on a web server, so you will need to install the Apache web server and PHP on your server.

First, install the Apache web server package with the following command:

pacman -Sy apache

After the successful installation, start and enable the Apache service with the following command:

systemctl start httpd
systemctl enable httpd

Next, install PHP and other required extensions using the following command:

pacman -Sy php php-gd php-cgi php-intl php-apache unzip

Next, edit the PHP configuration file and enable the required extensions:

nano /etc/php/php.ini

Add / Modify the following lines.


max_execution_time = 300
max_input_vars = 1500
memory_limit = 128M

Save and close the file when you are finished.

Step 3 – Install and Configure MariaDB Database

First, install the MariaDB server with the following command:

pacman -S libmariadbclient mariadb mariadb-clients

Next, initialize the MariaDB database with the following command:

mysql_install_db --user=mysql --basedir=/usr --datadir=/var/lib/mysql

Next, start and enable the MariaDB service with the following command:

systemctl start mysqld
systemctl enable mysqld

Next, log in to the MariaDB console using the following command:


Once you are logged in, create a database and user for Typo3 CMS:

GRANT ALL ON typo3.* TO typo3@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

Next, flush the privileges and exit from the MariaDB shell with the following command:


Step 4 – Download Typo3 CMS

First, download the latest version of Typo3 CMS with the following command.

wget --content-disposition https://get.typo3.org/11.5.12

Once the download is completed, extract the downloaded file with the following command.

tar -xvzf typo3_src-11.5.12.tar.gz

Next, move the extracted directory to the Apache web root:

mv typo3_src-11.5.12 /srv/http/typo3

Next, change the ownership of the Typo3 directory to Apache:

chown -R http:http /srv/http/typo3/
chmod -R 775 /srv/http/typo3/

Step 5 – Create an Apache Virtual Host Configuration File

Next, you will need to create an Apache virtual host configuration file to host Typo3 CMS on the internet.

nano /etc/httpd/conf/extra/typo3.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin [email protected]
    DocumentRoot "/srv/http/typo3"
    ServerName typo3.example.com
    DirectoryIndex index.php
    <Directory "/srv/http/typo3">
          Options FollowSymlinks
          AllowOverride All
          Require all granted

ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/error.log
CustomLog /var/log/httpd/access.log combined


Save and close the file when you are finished. Next, edit the Apache main configuration file.

nano /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Uncomment the following line:

Include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf
LoadModule mpm_prefork_module modules/mod_mpm_prefork.so
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so

Comment on the following line:

#LoadModule mpm_event_module modules/mod_mpm_event.so

Add the following lines:

LoadModule php_module modules/libphp.so
AddHandler php-script .php
Include conf/extra/php_module.conf
Include conf/extra/typo3.conf

Save and close the file when you are done.

Next, restart the Apache service to apply the changes:

systemctl restart httpd

Step 6 – Access Typo3 CMS

Now, open your web browser and access the Typo3 CMS using the URL http://typo3.example.com. You should see the following screen.
typo3 welcome page
Next, open your terminal and create an empty file using the following command.

touch /srv/http/typo3/FIRST_INSTALL

Next, go back to the web browser and refresh the page. You should see the following page.
typo3 prerequisites check
Click on No problems detected, continue with installation. You should see the following page.
typo3 database configuration
Provide your database username and password and click on the Continue button. You should see the following page.
typo3 database selection
Select your database and click on the Continue button. You should see the following page.
typo3 admin configuration
Provide your admin username, password, email, and site name, and click on the Continue button. Once the installation has been completed, you should see the following page.
typo3 installation done
Select Take me straight to the backend and click on Open the TYPO3 Backend. You should see the Typo3 login page.
typo3 login page
Provide your admin username and password and click on the Login button. You should see the Typo3 dashboard on the following page.
typo3 dashboard


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Typo3 CMS with Apache on Arch Linux. You can now build awesome websites using the Typo3 CMS. You can also try Typo3 CMS on one of our dedicated server hosting from Atlantic.Net!