This chapter has not been updated for the current version of Orchard, and has been ARCHIVED.

There are a few ways to install the latest Orchard release:

  1. You can install Orchard by simply downloading and extracting the Release zip file to a local IIS directory, then launching your browser to the appropriate URL. Make sure you download the appropriate zip for yur machine environment (32-bit or 64-bit).
  2. You can also extract to a local folder, open the included Orchard.WebPI.csproj file in Visual Studio, and press Ctrl-F5 to run it under the ASP.NET Development Server (Cassini). Make sure to download the 32-bit zip of Orchard, since Cassini runs as a 32-bit process.
  3. You can install using the Web Platform Installer (Web PI).

For options 1 and 2, download the zips from our CodePlex site:

This document describes option 3 - the steps to install using Web PI.

First, download the Web Platform Installer from Click the "Options" link to configure Web PI to use the Orchard private feed.

Type the URL to the private feed:

Click the "Add Feed" button to add the feed URL.

Click OK to confirm the Options dialog. A new Orchard tab appears in Web PI.

You can click the link to install recommended products to grab the latest Orchard release build. Alternatively, you can click "Customize" to view the available Orchard builds.

Clicking the "info" icon will display details for a given release (along with the build number). To install an Orchard release build, select the checkbox and click "Install"

Accept the license terms (New BSD) to proceed.

Type the name of the application directory in IIS where you want Orchard to be installed (defaults to "http://localhost/orchard")

When the installation is complete, click the "Launch Orchard CMS (Latest Build)" link

In your browser, you will be presented with the Orchard setup screen. Answer these questions and click "Finish Setup" when done.

You are now on the Orchard home page and can begin configuring your site. Enjoy!