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How to install OJS ver 3.3x?

After deciding to use OJS as your journal platform, in this article we explain some basic steps to test or installing this OJS on your local environment or on your server.

Note that this installation is only covers basic installation, you may improve your security aspect before using OJS on your production server. We recommend reading this article for OJS installation with improved security.

Read more: How to secure OJS

You also need to pay attention to the OJS server requirement before you go forward with this article.

And now, we will begin our tutorial for: “How to install OJS 3.3x on my server?”

Here’s a quick preview of the later OJS install list:


System Requirements

To run the latest release of OJS 3.x, your web server will need:

For more complete details, please click here: What is the OJS Server Requirement?

Note: Create a new folder at location : public_folder/ojs_folder

The installation process

Download OJS version 3.3x

First, you need to download the OJS ver 3.3x. Download the latest version of OJS here,

Once downloaded, place ojs-3.3.x.x.tar.gz in the OJS folder that you just created on your server.

Extracting and pulling out all files from the .tar.gz folder

Extract the .tar.gz. By right clicking, then selecting “Extract”.

Then, cut all the contents of the extract folder. And paste it out the folder.

Creating a “files” folder and database for the OJS

1. Create a parent folder for the “files” folder and then create a “files” folder in it (Outside of a folder that people can access A.k.a public_html).

Why create a “files” folder? That’s because later during the installation, it will ask for the location where you want to put all the OJS data? (journals, site, etc.) and that’s why, we created a folder “files”.

This folder is filled when the OJS installation has been performed.

And why should we create folders outside of the folders that people can access? (outside from folder public_directory). Short answer, so people or hacker can’t access / peek your folder (“files”).


2. Creating a fresh database for OJS

Create a fresh empty database for your OJS site in PhpMyAdmin / MySQL.

For how to create a database, please look for the tutorial on google. Because the tutorial to create the database hasn’t been created yet.

Installing OJS

If you have created a “files” folder and a fresh empty database for your OJS. We will begin the installation + configuration process for your OJS site.

Go to your OJS site:

Example: (Just an example)

1. Fill in the administrator account

Fill in the data for your OJS site admin account.

Reminder! : Don’t forget to keep a note of the username and password!

2. Primary dan additional locales

Select the Primary locale and Additional locales you want for your OJS site.

3. Client character set

Select the encoding you want. But it is better to use the default encoding of its OJS.

4. File Settings Directory for uploads

Enter the path of the “files” folder that was created earlier.

Path: Path_your_server/parent_folder_files/files

5. Database driver

Enter your mySQL account username and password, and the database name that you already created.

6. OAI Settings Repository Identifier

Usually this will be generated by the OJS but if you want to change, you can change it (it’s up to you)

And if everything is filled in, you can press “Install Open Journal Systems”

Installation was successful!

And the OJS installation was successful!.

Next is we will create a “Journal” that can be accessed by people and can be used for book publication. Select “login” to login to your OJS site.

Create your first journal on OJS

First, log in using the admin account that was just created.

And if you have logged in, later we will be asked to create “Hosted Journals” for our OJS site. Select “Create Journal” to create a new Journal.

Then fill in the data for your “Journal” OJS. Click “Save” to confirm the data.

Then you have successfully added “Journal” to your OJS site.

Continue to select on the left end and select the Journal you just created.

Press the name of your “Journal” title.

And yeah, congrats! you have successfully created an OJS version 3.3x for your site!


In short, Open Journal Systems (OJS) is an open-source software application for managing and publishing articles, scientific journals online.
We provide service for more optimized OJS installation completed with ORCID integration, Spam protection, and other essential configuration. Check it out here.

The OJS official website, you can visit here: PKP OJS website.

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