1.5 Template Project

The Joomla! Documentation Working Group is running a project to develop detailed reference and tutorial material on Joomla! 1.5 templates.  There is a project page on the documentation wiki where you can see the work in progress and help us by contributing your knowledge.

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 Obtaining Joomla!

Getting hold of Joomla! could not be easier; simply point your mouse to the Main Joomla! page http://joomla.org and click the latest release identified in the special Module in the left-hand menu – referenced by the box highlighter. You will note that both the Joomla! 1.0.x and the latest Joomla! 1.5.x releases are available - but we are only interested in the 1.5.

Joomla! dot org Main Page
Joomla! Main page displaying the download Module

Click the 1.5 icon and you will be redirected to the download page for the Joomla! Project within the http://joomlacode.org developer repository.

You will be presented with a screen similar to the following:

Joomla! Code Download Page
Joomla! Code project page displaying the download options for the latest Joomla! version.
The box highlighter is showing the .zip variant of the three available compression types of download; in addition there are .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 types. Just select the one appropriate for your operating system.

A download pop-up will appear, and you should save the file to an appropriate location on your hard drive.

Joomla! Code Download Page and pop-up box
Joomla! Code screen with download pop-up displayed

Open the file on your local hard drive using the appropriate compression program for the type of file. If you do not already have such a program there are many open source programs available for free, download from different locations such as Source Forge. In this instance we are using the 7-ZIP File Manager, but they all operate in much the same way at least on Windows. On Linux systems the same tasks can be achieved from the command line, or once again, through the use of a separate program. Mac OSX has a number of options, also including the command line, and The Unarchiver has a good reputation or the default, built-in utility BOMArchiveHelper.app.

7-ZIP File Manager - Compression Utility Software
7-Zip File Manager displaying the files contained within the Joomla! 1.5 core compressed file.

Uncompress (Extract) the package to a suitable location - it is not important where this happens to be, so long as you can find the files again when it comes to installing them onto your web server. The resulting list of directories and files that you will have within your joomla_root/ directory will be similar in appearance to the following:

Extracted Directory Contrents Display

The uncompressed Joomla! 1.5 distribution file pack


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 October 2007 )
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