Statamic is a modern PHP application, built as a Laravel package, and has the same server requirements as — you guessed it — Laravel itself. To manipulate images (resize, crop, etc), you will also need the GD Library or ImageMagick.

Server Requirements

To run Statamic 3 you'll need a server meeting the following requirements. These are all pretty standard in most modern hosting platforms.

  • PHP >= 7.4.x
  • BCMath PHP Extension
  • Ctype PHP Extension
  • Exif PHP Extension
  • JSON PHP Extension
  • Mbstring PHP Extension
  • OpenSSL PHP Extension
  • PDO PHP Extension
  • Tokenizer PHP Extension
  • XML PHP Extension
  • GD Library or ImageMagick

We recommend using Digital Ocean to host most Statamic sites. Their servers are fast, inexpensive, and we use them ourselves. Full disclosure: that's an affiliate link but we wouldn't recommend them if it wasn't an excellent option.

We also maintain a user-contributed Github repo full of other host recommendations.

Development Environments

All of these requirements are satisfied by the Laravel Homestead virtual machine, which makes it a great local Laravel development environment. Virtual machines aren't for everybody though, so here are a couple of other options.

MacOS: Laravel Valet

Laravel Valet is a development environment for Mac minimalists. No Vagrant, No Apache, No Nginx, No need to manually edit hosts file. It simply maps all the subdirectories in a “web” directory (such as ~/Sites) to .test or .localhost domains.

You can even share your sites publicly using local tunnels. We use it ourselves and it’s brilliant.

Windows: WAMP

Laragon and WAMP are both good choice for those of the Windows persuasion. You may also want to checkout Laravel Sail, which works well with Statamic.

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