the source

I've installed and tested multiple instances of typo3, wordpress, drupal, laravel, cakephp on different operationg systems and I have to point out that running the latest typo3 or betas of others raised my stress level. Especially with typo3 and laravel it turned out using the LTS versions is the only solution. My personal experience showed me - template and plugin designers are much slower than the core developer team and so the stability suffers a lot on trying to be on bleeding etch.

I assume that apache2 is configured the dependencies of typo3 are installed and a folder for my typo3 is created. Last but not least also a database is needed.  Typo3 does allow core updates via backend nowaday, but honestly I don't do this - I prefer to install and upgrade new sources by myself!

the source:

  1. go to systems root folder
  2. download the latest LTS source tgz
  3. unpack and move the source to /opt
  4. link the source folder to typo3_src 

To keep the system clean I move manually installed software or source to /opt folder. Old UNIX admins will say - no - source needs to be kept in /usr/src or /usr/local/src - but hey if I allow a web-user to modify his typo3 source I won't give him access to /usr. The typo3_src link is obligative - if I have multiple instances of typo3 9 running I can do a minor update by just downloading and relinking the source folder, and don't have to do it for every instance by hand!

ERROR: Content Element with uid "238" and type "tx_codehighlight_codesnippet" has no rendering definition!

the kickin

The installation process of typo3 is very easy and self explaining nowadays. But the website needs a folder where www-data has write permission and links to the typo3_src. We've already created the /var/www/z3r0 folder and linked base folders and files to the typo3_src in opt.

But we might have no database on our system. The following code is a shortcut to fast install database server, create a database and a database user. But first we need to define some variables ( for this session - don't forget to clear history !)

  1. dbname = <database name>
  2. dbuser = <database user>
  3. dbpwd = <choose a good password>

ERROR: Content Element with uid "233" and type "tx_codehighlight_codesnippet" has no rendering definition!

the finishline

All done! Follow the instruction on your personal typo3 CMS. If all is installed and configured right the final installation process is accessible under:


Finish the installation process and go to backend. Job is done.