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Installing CKEditor is easy. In order to install the editor, choose an appropriate procedure (fresh install or upgrade) and follow the steps described below.

Installation Procedures

Fresh Installation

To install CKEditor for the first time, proceed in the following way:

  1. Download the latest version of the editor from our website:
  2. Extract (decompress) the downloaded archive to a directory called ckeditor in the root of your website.
important note

You can place the files in any path of your website. The ckeditor directory is the default one.


To upgrade an existing CKEditor installation, proceed in the following way:

  1. Rename your old editor folder to a backup folder, for example ckeditor_old.
  2. Download the latest version of the editor from our website:
  3. Extract (decompress) the downloaded archive to the original editor directory, for example ckeditor.
  4. Copy all configuration files that you have changed from the backup folder to their corresponding position in the new directory. These could include (but do not have to be limited to) the following files:
    • config.js
    • contents.css
    • plugins/templates/templates/default.js
    • plugins/styles/styles/default.js
    • plugins/pastefromword/filter/default.js

Verification of the Installation

CKEditor comes with a few sample pages that can be used to verify that installation proceeded properly. In order to see whether the editor is working, take a look at the _samples directory.

To test your installation, call the following page at your website:
http://<your site>/<CKEditor installation path>/_samples/index.html

For example:

Minimum Setup

If you would like to tailor your CKEditor installation to your own needs, stripping some of the files that you are not going to use, refer to the Minimum Setup section of the Developer's Guide.

This page was last edited on 18 January 2012, at 10:18.