Deploy Platform from precompiled binaries

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Use this guide to deploy and configure precompiled Virto Commerce Platform.


  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later
  • Internet Information Services 7 or later
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or later

Downloading the precomplied binaries

Navigate to the Releases section of Virto Commerce Platform in GitHub.

You will find file. In this file the site has already been built and can be run without additional compilation. It does not includes all the source code.

Unpack follow zip to local disk to path C:\vc-platform. In result you should get the folder which contains platform precompiled code.

Upload files to the web server

Upload all data from C:\vc-platform folder to the web server in IIS application root directory C:\inetpub\wwwroot\admin


Configure connection strings

  • Open the Web.config file in a text editor.
  • In the connectionStrings section add or change add nodes:
    • VirtoCommerce: parameters for  SQL server database. Provided user should have permission to create new database.
      <add name="VirtoCommerce" connectionString="Data Source={SQL Server URL};Initial Catalog={Database name};Persist Security Info=True;User ID=virto;Password=virto;MultipleActiveResultSets=True;Connect Timeout=420" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />
    • SearchConnectionString: type of search engine and its parameters.
      <add name="SearchConnectionString" connectionString="provider={Provider name};{additional parameters};scope={common name (prefix) of all indexes}" />
    • AssetsConnectionString: type of asset storage and its parameters.
      <add name="AssetsConnectionString" connectionString="provider={Provider name};rootPath={Path to folder with assets};{additional parameters}" />
    • CmsContentConnectionString: type of CMS content storage and its parameters (provider=LocalStorage;rootPath=~/App_Data/cms-content connection string will be used by default)..
      <add name="CmsContentConnectionString" connectionString="provider={Provider name};rootPath={URL to CMS content location}" />

Configure permissions for App_Data folder

Open properties for C:\inetpub\wwwroot\admin\App_Data folder and give permission Modify to IIS_IUSRS user group.

Setting App_Data folder security options

Configure IIS

  • Open the IIS Manager and create a new website or new application named admin inside an existing website.
  • In the Physical path field enter the full path to the platform site data folder C:\inetpub\wwwroot\admin Website configuration in IIS
  • Select application pool which uses .NET CLR Version 4.0 and Integrated pipeline mode: Select application pool for Virto Commerce Platform
  • Inside the admin application add the new virtual directory with alias assets and physical path C:\inetpub\wwwroot\admin\App_Data\Assets. If there is no Assets directory inside App_Data, create it. Create a virtual folder for Virto Commerce Platform assets

First sign in

  • Open the Virto Commerce Platform application in the browser.
  • On the first request the application will create and initialize database. After that you should see the sign in page. Use the following credentials:
    • Login: admin
    • Password: store

Change administrator password

  • In the left menu select More → Configuration → Security.
  • Select Users
  • Select the admin user.
  • Click Change password.
  • Enter the new password twice and click OK.

Change frontend password

  • In the left menu select More → Configuration → Security.
  • Select Users
  • Select the frontend user.
  • Click Change password.
  • Enter the new password twice and click OK.

Change API credentials for storefront application

  • In the left menu select More → Configuration → Security.
  • Select Users
  • Select the frontend user.
  • Click the API Keys widget.
  • Select the Frontend Hmac key
  • Click Generate, then OK, then Save.