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HostGator Softaculous Auto-Script Installer


HostGator realizes that installing scripts manually on a hosting account can be challenging. To make things easier for you, HostGator has installed a leading auto-installer within cPanel. This auto-installer application is called Softaculous and offers 190 script installations with the ease of a click of a button. This article will discuss the following regarding Softaculous:

What Is Softaculous?

Softaculous is an application available in cPanel that currently provides 190 scripts that can be installed with a click of a button. The most popular script applications offered are WordPress, AbanteCart, PrestaShop, Joomla, phpBB, Open Real Estate, and the list goes on. This application allows you the ease to quickly install and manage scripts on your hosting account. Softaculous provides options to view script demos, auto-update scripts, configure up to 2 backups, set email notifications, and more. When it comes to installing applications on your hosting account, you will want to use Softaculous to save you time and allow you ease in managing your script applications going forward.

How To Use Softaculous

In this video, we'll demonstrate how to use Softaculous. In this example, we'll cover how to install WordPress, but you have a number of scripts available to you to use, as we've outlined at the end of this article.


  1. Log in to your cPanel.
  2. Look for the Software section and click on Softaculous Apps Installer.

    Softaculous Apps Installer cPanel Icon

  3. After the Softaculous application loads, click on the application category in the left-hand sidebar to expand and display the application scripts available.

    Softaculous Side Menu Bar

  4. Click on the application script which you wish to install on your account.  (Example: WordPress)
  5. The details regarding that script will be displayed; this includes an install, overview, features, screenshots, demo, ratings, reviews, import option, and more.
    Softaculous Script Overview
  6. When you are ready to install, click on the Install tab for that script application.
    Note: Select Quick Install under the Install dropdown arrow to reduce the amount of information to be provided on the installation form. Use the Custom Install button to configure more settings and information for the installation of the script. 
  7. Fill in the information listed on the form.

    The form may include the following depending upon the script that is being installed.

    • Software Setup: Configure the installation URL by selecting the protocol, domain and adding a directory if needed. In most cases, if you want the script application to be found directly on the domain, you do not fill in anything for the directory. For the protocol, make sure to select the HTTPS if the domain is using an SSL. For more information on an SSL, please see the article HostGator Free SSL.
    • Site Settings: Options may vary based on the script being installed. 
    • Admin Account: Configure the Admin Username, Admin Password, and Admin Email address. Use the password strength indicator to create a Strong password successfully. Click Hide to toggle the visibility of the password field content. Click the Key icon to auto-generate a strong password. Make sure to keep a record of these settings. 
    • Choose Language: Based on the script application installed, an option to select a different language may be available.
    • Advanced Options: Pending the script that is being installed, it may provide advanced options in the custom install. These options will vary, but they may include setting the database name, table prefix, disable update notification emails, set auto-upgrade, and more. 
  8. (Optional) At the bottom of the form, fill out the Email installation details to: box with the email address that should receive the details from this installation.
    Softaculous Email Installation Details Field
  9. Once the installation form is filled out, click the Install button.
    Softaculous Install Button
  10. After Softaculous installs the script, a message will appear stating if the installation was successful or not.
  11. Use the links provided on the successful installation page to access the script's admin dashboard.

How To Manage Softaculous

Softaculous provides various settings that can be managed within the application. In the upper right-hand corner, there is a row of icons to access and manage these settings. See the icon list below that addresses the function available with each one.
Softaculous Menu Icons



Softaculous Go Back to Control Panel (cP) Icon

Go to Control Panel

View a script demo before opting to install.

Softaculous Script Demo (Play Button) Icon

Script Demos

View a script demo before opting to install.

Softaculous Script Rating (Star) Icon

Script Ratings

Script ratings will list all the scripts available. Click on the script logo to then view or rate that script within that script’s Ratings tab.

Softaculous All Installations (Box) Icon

All Installations

View a list of all installations installed and synchronized with Softaculous. The information provided includes the name of the script, link, admin, installation time, version, and options to manage the script.

Softaculous Task List (Bulleted List) Icon

Task List

A list is provided for any pending task to manage the scripts installed. This list may include any pending manual updates for the various scripts.

Softaculous Edit Settings (Wrench) Icon

Edit Settings

Set Softaculous user settings for language, timezone, sort domains alphabetically, customize the theme, and WordPress Plugin/Theme Sets.

Softaculous Backup and Restore (Zipped Folder) Icon

Backup and Restore

If a backup or restore is performed for a script, it will appear within this list. There is a maximum of 2 backups allowed through Softaculous. (See What is CodeGuard? for more information regarding options for continuous backups.)

Softaculous Email Setting (Email) Icon

Email Settings

Configure email settings for Softaculous. Set the default email address and select the options to receive notifications. Notifications are available for:
  • Installation: Email sent containing a new script installation setup details.
  • Remove: Email sent when a script installation is removed from Softaculous.
  • Edit Installations: Send information about modifications to an installation.
  • Backup: Email sent containing backup details for an installation.
  • Clone: Installation details are sent when another installation is cloned.
  • Staging: Details sent for any staging environment created for an installation.
  • Import: When importing information for an installation, import details will be sent.
  • Disable All Update Notifications: If selected, no emails will be sent for any installation.
  • Email password in plain text: If selected, user passwords will be included in the installation details in plain text.

Softaculous Synchronize Auto-Installers (Refresh) Icon

Synchronize with Other Auto-Installers

If another auto-installer has been used on the account to install scripts, there will be an option to synchronize Softaculous with those scripts. If not, there will be a message stating that Softaculous was not able to detect another auto-installer on the account.

Softaculous Help and Support (Question Mark) Icon

Help and Support

Provides information regarding frequently asked questions for Softaculous.

Softaculous Logout (Arrow) Icon


Logs one out of Softaculous and the cPanel.


List of Scripts Available

The following is a list of scripts available through Softaculous. Click on the main category to show the list of scripts available.

  • WordPress
  • Serendipity
  • Dotclear
  • b2evolution
  • Textpattern
  • Joomla
  • Open Real Estate
  • e107
  • Geeklog
  • Xoops
  • MODX
  • Drupal
  • Zikula
  • Composr
  • WebsiteBaker
  • Subrion
  • GRAV
  • Contao
  • Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware
  • ProcessWire
  • Bolt
  • Kirby
  • Koken
  • ImpressPages
  • Sitemagic CMS
  • Redaxscript
  • Quick.CMS
  • ImpressCMS
  • Mahara
  • phpwcms
  • Bludit
  • Microweber
  • OctoberCMS
  • WonderCMS
  • liveSite
  • Jamroom
  • Anchor
  • PluXml
  • Typesetter
  • Pagekit
  • Kopage
  • Concrete5 5.6
  • CMSimple
  • phpBB
  • SMF
  • MyBB
  • Vanilla
  • XMB
  • FluxBB
  • ElkArte
  • FUDforum
  • miniBB
  • Carbon Forum
  • my little forum
  • Piwigo
  • Coppermine
  • Zenphoto
  • TinyWebGallery
  • Lychee
  • Chevereto Free
  • iGalerie
  • DokuWiki
  • PmWiki
  • MediaWiki
  • WikkaWiki
  • pH7CMS
  • Jcow
  • Elgg
  • Open Source Social Network
  • Etano
  • Family Connections
  • OSClass
  • Revive Adserver
  • Booked
  • LuxCal
  • phpList
  • WebMail Lite
  • RainLoop Webmail
  • Postfix Admin
  • LimeSurvey
  • Matomo
  • Open Web Analytics
  • Logaholic
  • qdPM
  • Feng Office
  • Collabtive
  • Rukovoditel
  • Mantis Bug Tracker
  • The Bug Genie
  • Kanboard
  • phpCollab
  • Admidio
  • SOPlanning
  • ZenTao
  • Traq
  • Eventum
  • WebCollab
  • AbanteCart
  • PrestaShop
  • OpenCart
  • CubeCart
  • osCommerce
  • Zen Cart
  • Magento
  • thirty bees
  • LiteCart
  • Blesta
  • InvoicePlane
  • Arastta
  • ClientExec
  • Vtiger
  • Dolibarr
  • SugarCRM
  • X2CRM
  • SuiteCRM
  • FrontAccounting
  • Zurmo
  • OrangeHRM
  • webERP
  • EGroupware
  • EspoCRM
  • Sentrifugo
  • Zenbership
  • RicarGBooK
  • PHP Address Book
  • osTicket
  • HESK
  • Mibew Messenger
  • Live helper chat
  • OpenSupports
  • Maian Support
  • CodeIgniter
  • yii
  • Bootstrap
  • Zend
  • Symfony
  • Smarty
  • UIkit
  • FuelPHP
  • HTML Purifier
  • Webasyst
  • Chamilo
  • Claroline
  • Moodle 3.6
  • TCExam
  • Omeka
  • ATutor
  • Gibbon
  • Xerte Online Toolkits
  • Moodle 2.7
  • phpMyAdmin
  • SIDU
  • Adminer
  • Podcast Generator
  • Ampache
  • ClipBucket
  • CumulusClips
  • Tiny Tiny RSS
  • selfoss
  • SimplePie
  • FreshRSS
  • Miniflux
  • Seo Panel
  • WeBid
  • Open Journal Systems
  • Question2Answer
  • Form Tools
  • SPIP
  • GLPI
  • webtrees
  • PhpGedView
  • wallabag
  • InfiniteWP
  • BlaB! AX
  • Agora-Project
  • DomainMOD
  • Commentics
  • Kimai
  • UserSpice
  • LibreHealth EHR
  • HuMo-gen
  • XMS
  • Open Monograph Press
  • Unmark