Perform requires the following to run correctly:

  • PHP 5.6 or later
  • The dom, gd, pdo, xml, and zip PHP extensions
  • The PHP extension for your database of choice, e.g. pdo_mysql
  • The composer package manager
  • Node.js 5 or later, to install and build the css and javascript files


  • The yarn package manager for faster npm installs


If you have the cli tool installed, the perform requirements command can be used to check if your system meets the requirements.

Quickstart for common operating systems

Here are some basic commands to install the requirements. They’re not particularly robust or secure, but can help get you get started quickly.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Create the file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nodesource.list containing:

deb xenial main
deb-src xenial main

Then run

curl -s | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install php php-zip php-xml php-gd php-sqlite3 nodejs

curl | php
sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

sudo npm install -g yarn