# 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

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 or DigitalOcean App Platform.

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

# 2. Install Directus

npm install directus

# 3. Install one of the Database Drivers

Choose the database vendor you will be working with, and install its driver.

npm install pg

# 4. Install Optional Dependencies

At this point you have the option of installing other dependencies. If you're planning on utilizing Redis/Memcached, make sure to install ioredis/memcached respectively.

# 5. 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.

See Environment Variables for all available variables.