3.1. Download and unpack the OJS installation from the PKP website

All OJS downloads can be found at http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs_download. Depending on your circumstances you will want to download either the most recent stable version (best for production systems) or the most recent development version (less stable but with more features). The install process is the same for both versions. In this example, we will use the development version, ojs-2.3.1-2.tar.gz.

Unpack the tar file, and move the unpacked contents to a web-accessible directory on your web server from which you want OJS to run. A common web-accessible directory is /var/www/html, which we will use for this example.


Regarding web accessible directories: each server is different. If you do not know where your web-accessible directory is (that is, the directory where you put everything that you want people to see on your website; sometimes called a web root directory), you should contact your service provider.

If you did not download the tar file directly to your web server, you can untar the tar file on your desktop and transfer its contents by FTP, or you can transfer the tar file by FTP to your web server directly and run the following command:

tar xzf ./ojs-2.3.1-2.tar.gz

This will extract the OJS files into the directory /var/www/html/ojs-2.3.1-2. You may want to change the name of the directory to something more user friendly, such as "ojs". At this point, you should be able to go to that directory on your server, (ie. point your browser to http://example.com/ojs/) and see the install screen.

Figure 13.1. OJS Install Screen

OJS Install Screen