Dolphin Technical Requirements

Before you install Dolphin, make sure your host or server can meet these Dolphin Technical Requirements.

Dolphin requires the following pre-requisites for your server:
  • Linux/Unix (Red Hat, Debian, FreeBSD, Mandrake, etc.) or Windows OS, Apache Web Server ver. 1.3

  • If you're going to use media streaming features in some Flash apps, you should have VPS or Dedicated server in order to install and run RMS (Ray Media Server). You should be able to access root or administrator account on that server. JRE (Java Runtime Environment) ver. 1.6 or higher should be installed on the server as well.

  • The ports 1935, 1936 and 5080 should be open on the server (where Dolphin is to be installed) and on the local computers of your site's members

  • PHP 4.4.0/5.1.0 and higher for (Dolphin 6.0x/6.1x)
  • PHP 5.2.0 or higher and higher for (Dolphin 7.x)

  • register_globals must be Off
    safe_mode must be Off
    exec() (executable files) must be allowed
    allow_url_fopen should be On
    allow_url_include should be Off
    open_basedir should not have any value
    memory_limit should be at least 128M or higher. (256M recommended)

  • mbstring, mysql, mysqli, curl, gd, xslt extensions must be installed.

  • MySQL 4.1.2 and higher

  • The magic_quotes_gpc extension should be disabled for Dolphin 7.x, but required for Dolphin 6.1.6 version.

  • If some security module is installed on the server (such as mod_security for Apache), it should be able to be disabled or set up for specific folders.

  • Direct connection to should be able to be established (i.e. connection without requiring proxy authorization).

  • You should be able to run executable files (necessary for ffmpeg.exe)

  • The server should be able to read any document located in public_html directory via http protocol.

  • GD library compiled with FreeType fonts (for photo processing) or ImageMagick as an alternative

  • Sendmail or Postfix programs for sending emails

  • Ability to create Cron Jobs

  • mod_rewrite for Apache.

  • Your server should allow 15 KB/sec for media streaming capabilities for each user.

If all the above requirements are met on your server then you are ready for installation.

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