WebMail Lite Documentation

Installing from repository

For production use of WebMail Lite, installing from ZIP package is a recommended approach. For development or testing purposes, you can install the product from repository as described below.

During installation process you will need:

  1. Download and unpack the latest version of WebMail Lite into your installation root directory https://github.com/afterlogic/webmail-lite/archive/latest.zip

  2. Download composer.phar from https://getcomposer.org/composer.phar

  3. Start the composer installation process by running the following from the command line:

    php composer.phar install

    NB: It is strongly advised to run composer as non-root user. Otherwise, third-party scripts will be run with root permissions and composer issues a warning that it's not safe. We recommend running the script under the same user web server runs under.

  4. Set up initial config values

    php composer.phar run pre-config
  5. Next, you need to build static files for the current module set.

    First of all, install all npm modules via

    npm install

    and install gulp-cli module globaly

    npm install --global gulp-cli
  6. Now you can build static files

    gulp styles --themes Default,DeepForest,Funny,Sand
    gulp js:min
  7. Now you are ready to open a URL pointing to the installation directory in your favorite web browser.

  8. Upon installing the product, you'll need to configure your installation.


  1. Make sure data directory is writable by the web server. For example:

    chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/webmail/data
  2. It is strongly recommended to runs the product via https. If you run it via http, the majority of features will still be available, but some functionality aspects, such as authentication with Google account, won't work.

To enable automatic redirect from http to https, set RedirectToHttps to true in data/settings/config.json file.

Protecting data directory:

All configuration files of the application and user data are stored in data directory, so it's important to protect data directory to make sure that nobody can access that directory over the Internet directly.