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What is Softaculous? And How Do You Use It?

Softaculous is a one-click application installer. It automates the installation of web applications to a website with predefined scripts. All installations are launched through the website admin area. Softaculous is run within the cPanel control panel and also through other website control programs like H-Spehere, DirectAdmin, Plesk and Interworx.


This is what a Softaculous interface looks like:

softaculous interface

Through Softaculous you can equip your website with a variety of web applications like forums, blogs, eCommerce shopping carts, photo galleries and much more. Softaculous was established in 2009 and since then it became extremely popular in the web hosting industry due to the wide range of benefits it offers to the users.

Softaculous installation scripts comprise of a wide range of web applications. Softaculous categories include blogging, ad management, CRM, content management, customer support, eCommerce, ERP and more. At present, 325 Softaculous scripts are available.

The installation process of any application through Softaculous is designed to be just one click installation after entering all the necessary information. Applications can be downloaded through the install tab of the respective application.

Softaculous automatically organizes the database configuration, web server files, user permissions and installation.

First let’s have a look at the main highlights of Softaculous that determine its popularity:

  • Easy to use
  • One click installation of applications
  • Over 300 scripts
  • Scripts are updated regularly
  • User friendly interface that is ideal for beginners
  • All installation settings can be modified through user interface
  • Backup and restore tool
  • Demo scripts available before you install them on the server
  • Great technical  support and community forums

Getting Started!

‘You can install any application through Softaculous with just a click!’

Does that mean installing Softaculous is also that easy?

Well not really, but Softaculous has strived hard in order to make its installation relatively straightforward.

If you are installing Softaculous by yourself, basic knowledge of Linux system administration will be helpful. With the Linux platform, installation of Softaculous can be as simple as entering three one-line commands.

On the other hand, if Softaculous is provided by your web hosting company, you don’t have to worry about installation.

How To Use Softaculous For Installing Applications?

In order to start installing web applications through Softaculous, login to Softaculous through cPanel first. You will see a list of applications on the left-hand side of the screen, select one of them.

Softaculous has a policy of updating the applications so that the latest stable versions are reflected. User options in Softaculous enable the user to change the language, change the screen display of side menus and redefine the default time zone.

Many applications are associated with scripts created in the standard PHP language. Softaculous also offers Pearl, JavaScript and PHP class functionality for the technically sound people.

Let Others Know What You Think!

Softaculous goes beyond the installation of web applications:

  • It provides demo screens ‘See the Demo’ of various applications so that users can get an insight on what the web applications look like.
  • It enables the users to rate and review the applications and the users can also provide additional information to others which will help them chose the appropriate application.

If you would like to work with various web applications, then you must have Softaculous as it makes life easier! The one-click install option saves a lot of time and effort spent on integrating the application in your website.

Neha Khanna

My name is Neha Khanna, I work for I am interested in posting content on various topics. I aim at posting informative articles that provide value to people.

11 thoughts on “What is Softaculous? And How Do You Use It?

  • August 9, 2016 at 6:08 am

    softaculous is useful for newbie and experts. As it has end numbers of software with different product line. Like all in one we are getting and such article help to create awareness about existing and new introduce software.

  • February 1, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Softaculous is a one-click installer which is fully equipped with a variety of web applications like forums, blogs, eCommerce shopping carts, photo galleries and much more. Highlighted points are useful to install any application through Softaculous.

  • February 20, 2017 at 11:51 am

    It contains bundles of CMS’s and it performs various functions right from installation to backup of software. It is perfect for any type of business owners and fulfils the requirement accordingly. Article also contain good information and steps of installation.

  • February 25, 2017 at 7:38 am

    The installation procedure of any application by using softaculous is very easy, just by one click. While working with softaculous you must have at least basic knowledge of the Linux system administration. The highlighted points about softaculous are self-explanatory. Good sharing… Keep it up

  • April 12, 2017 at 6:43 am

    UI of softaculous is user-friendly and that’s why it is easy to use. Through softaculous, you can easily integrate the necessary applications such as forums, blogs, e-commerce shopping cart to the website. Nice sharing… Thank you!

  • January 29, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Indeed, nice article!I am novices for the Softaculous and I was not knowing regarding the same but after reading this article I came to know so much of information for the same. Thanks for sharing.

  • August 1, 2018 at 6:39 am

    I was totally unaware of a Softaculous installer. Just by going through the article I came to know most of the things about the same. Thanks for sharing.

  • October 12, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Indeed, nice article! The pointers mentioned in the article are really beneficial for newbies and expert users. Thanks for sharing the article.

  • October 23, 2018 at 5:44 am

    The main highlights of Softaculous stated in the article are really beneficial from the novice as well as expert users perspective. Thanks for sharing the article.

  • November 6, 2018 at 6:23 am

    The pointers mentioned in the article are really beneficial from the novice or expert users perspective. Thanks for sharing the article.

  • December 10, 2018 at 6:20 am

    There are various categories that the Softaculous CMS such as blogging, ad management, CRM, content management, customer support, eCommerce, ERP and more. Thanks for sharing such an informative article.


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