MT on Windows

By Deane Barker on February 27, 2003

I’ve never been happier to be wrong. Turns out you can install Movable Type on a commercial hosted Windows account. It just depends on the host. The big hang-up on Windows is the storage mechanism. Most Windows machines with Perl installed do not have the DB_File module which MT needs to store its stuff. (Well, it needs one of four modules, but the other three are not like to ever be found on Windows.)

But, sure enough, Half Price Hosting has a Perl distribution on their machines that includes DB_File. My church has a functioning MT installation to prove it. I’m thrilled.



  1. Hello,

    Yeah, you can definitely install MT on windows. I’m running MT through Gearhost ( ) which is primarily a windows host. I’m not sure how their set up works, but I know they run Perl, PHP, ASP,, and MySQL all on one hosting account. They must be running Apache on Windows or something. Anyway, they didn’t have Image::Magick installed but they set it up for me. If you’re interested, check them out.


  2. Deane, as Casey said, you can install MT with the mysql backend on windows no problem. On the mysql download page you’ll see the version for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP. It’s probably the same with the two new data stores but I haven’t set those up yet. Of course, if you don’t have admin access and they don’t have it set up, you’ll need to request it. :)

  3. Yeah, I’ve done the Windows/MySQL route locally, but I don’t think I’ve ever found a Windows host that has MySQL installed. I’ll have to check out this GearHost.


  4. I have set up MT on my win 2k server with Apache 2.0.47 and ActivePerl (the latest). Does anyone know how I can get e-mail notfiications working ? I have even installed IndigoMail as a sendmail for windows, but I cannot get it working through MT Any ideas appreciated. thanks

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