# Installing Manually


We've created a little CLI tool you can run that does this process automatically. For more info, check the doc on installing through the CLI.

# 1. Setup a Project Folder

Create a new directory, and add a package.json by running the following command.

npm init -y

We recommend aliasing the start script to Directus' start for easier deployments to services like AWS, Google Cloud Platform or DigitalOcean App Platform.

	"scripts": {
		"start": "directus start"

# 2. Install Directus

npm install directus

# 3. Setup a Configuration File

Finally, you'll need to setup your .env file, or configure the environment variables through other means, such as Docker, etc.

You can use a copy of the example.env file (opens new window) as a starting point.

See Environment Variables for all available variables.