Pre-Installation Steps

PrestaShop is very easy to install. Once all the files are on your web server, you should be able to start configuring your shop in no less than 5 minutes in most cases: the installation process is very simple, as the installer takes care of everything for you. Less experienced users might need between 10 and 20 minutes to complete the whole process.


To install PrestaShop, you need to download the PrestaShop engine package from the official website at

Just insert your name and e-mail into the Download box input and click the ‘Download’ button.

Please make sure your version of PrestaShop engine matches the template requirements. All versions of PrestaShop are available at SourceForge.

Extracting Files

Once the PrestaShop engine package is downloaded, you will need to extract its files and folders from the archive.

This can be done with any archive manager like WinZip (Windows), StuffitExpander (Mac), etc.

Please check the following tutorials on how to extract files from the archives with WinZip (Windows) and StuffitExpander (Mac).

Please note: if your hosting control panel has the option to ‘Extract’ files, you can use it to extract the files directly on your server after the .zip file is uploaded.

Uploading PrestaShop engine files

If you have extracted the files locally to your computer, you will need to upload them to your hosting server.

This can be done using the hosting control panel File Manager or third party FTP Manager applications like FileZilla, TotalCommander, CuteFTP, etc.