How to install Akaunting on Windows 10

Akaunting software which is a free and open-source web-based application for finance & accounting purposes. Here we will see the steps to install it on Windows 10 using the IIS web server.

Akaunting is open-source with Github repository and uses PHP 7.2 or higher and Mysql to get installed and operate. For webserver, it supports Apache, Nginx and IIS. Although we can use Apache and Nginx on Windows 10 using the WSL Linux app, I think it would be great if we go for inbuilt IIS- Internet Informations service web server of Windows 10 to install Akaunting because of its better integration.

Install Akaunting software on Windows 10 or 7

So, first of all, we have to enable the IIS web server on Windows 10 and then we can install the Akaunting free accounting software. So, let’s get started.

Step 1: Install IIS Web server on Windows 10 for Akaunting

If you already have enabled the IIS on Windows 10 then simply move to the next step otherwise type: “Turn Windows features On or Off” in Windows search box as it appears, click on it to open the same.

Now, scroll down and select an option called “Internet Information Services ” and press the OK button.

Let it install and after that restart your system. For more information on it, you can see our tutorial on how to enable IIS on Windows 10.

Enable Internet Information Services -IIS on Windows 10

Enable Internet Information Services -IIS on Windows 10

Step 2: Install Php, Php Manager & MySql for IIS webserver

As we know that open source applications such as Akaunting those are based on PHP Hypertext programming language and require a database to save files for them we need PHP or MariaDB/PostgreSQL/MySQL. Thus, first, we set these for Windows 10 IIS server before installing Akaunting. Also, one extra extension we will install that is PHP manager, it really helps us to manage the version and extensions of PHP on IIS web server, graphically.

To install them we will not be going to use the Microsoft web platform installer because most of the packages available in it are too old or not available plus also slow in downloading. So, in such case from my point of view, the best way to install all of them is Chocolatey Choco, a Windows package manager just like we have in Linux Distros.

In Windows search box type command prompt and run it as administrator.

Run command prompt as administrator on Windows 10-min

Run command prompt as an administrator on Windows 10

Now use the below command to install chocolatey, if you haven’t yet.

@"%SystemRoot%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -NoProfile -InputFormat None -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString(''))" && SET "PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin"

Now, close and again open Command prompt as admin.

Run the following command to install the latest version of PHP on Windows 10

choco install php

Install PHP Manager for IIS Webserver

choco install php-manager

Finally, install the MariaDB Database.

choco install mariadb

(optional) If you want to install MySQL not MariaDB, then the command will be:

choco install mysql


Step 3: Set PHP in IIS Manager

Go to Windows search and type IIS, as the Internet Information Services Manager appears, click on it to run.

Among all the features you will see an options PHP manager, click to open it.

Open PHP manager feature in IIS manager

Open PHP manager feature in IIS manager

Now, select the option- “Register new PHP version” and the three dots to select the installed PHP file.

Set php on IIS web server-min

Enable PHP file info extension

In the Explorer, go to C: Drive-> Select tools folder-> php74 (or whatever the version you have) and finally the PHP-cgi.exe file.

Select php-CGI.exe file-min

Enable PHP file info extension

Now, Akaunting needs PHP file info extension to work properly. Thus, we have to enable that too. On the same Window, scroll down and click on the “Enable or Disable PHP extensions” Link.

Enable or Disable extension PHP-min

Enable or Disable extension PHP

Scroll down and find php_fileinfo.dll file, select that and click on the Enable button given on the right-side panel.

Enable PHP file info extension-min

Enable PHP file info extension

Step 4: Create a Database for Akaunting 

Now, the MySQL is ready just create a database with username and password to use with it.

Note: Replace the red colour text with values or name which you want to give your Akaunting Database and that could be anything.

sudo mysql -u root -p



GRANT ALL ON akaunt.* TO 'aku'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password' WITH GRANT OPTION;

flush privileges;


Note: Restart your system here before moving further

Step 7: Download Akaunting

So, everything is ready, its time to create a website for Akaunitng but before that let’s download its core web files which we require to install and run it on any web server.

Go to official Akaunting web page, here is the link to download it:

A zipped folder will be on your system. Unzip or extract it somewhere, you think it will be secure and wouldn’t get deleted by somebody or you accidentally.

Step 8: Create a Website on IIS server for Akaunting

Well, we already have one default website on an IIS server running on port 80, thus if you want to run Akaunitng on the same port then first we have to change that. Or else rather changing run this free accounting software website on some custom port. However, here we will let you know how to use port 80 with it.

For that select Default website on IIS Manager and then click on the Binding option given on the right-side panel. Now change the port 80 to something else, for example, let’s say 8081.

Change Default websit port

Select the port and then Edit button. Add the custom port and then finally click on the OK button.

Custom port on IIS web server

Now, again go to IIS Manager and right-click on the Sites option and select Add websites.

Add new website

Give your site a name, as we are installing this free accounting software, thus, I have used the same. After that click on the three dots and browse to the extracted Akaunting folder and select that.

We have to also give the right to our IIS server to access the folder content. For that click on the Connect as option.

Configure new website on IIS web server

A pop-up window will open, select “Specific User” and then Set button.

Connect AS

Use the username and password that you have used to login your Windows 10 system where you are installing Akaunting.

Set windows 10 username and password

Step 9: Add index.php to IIS website Default Document 

Select the created website and double click on the Default Document feature.

Default document

Default document

Now, select the Add link from the Actions tab and then type: index.php followed by the OK button.

Add index.php in IIS website document

Add index.php in IIS website document

Step 10: Access Akaunting website to setup it.

Open your browser and type:


A setup page will get opened. Select the language which you want to use in Akaunting, enter the database details and you are good to go.

Setup Akaunting free accounting software on Windows 10

Setup Akaunting free accounting software on Windows 10

Company and Admin Details

Company and Admin Details

Login to Akaunting on Windows 10

Login to Akaunting on Windows 10

Run the Akaunting Wizard

Run the Akaunting Wizard

Go to Dashboard

Go to Dashboard

Akaunting Dashboard

Akaunting Dashboard

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  1. JAMES ONYANGO ORUOCH March 18, 2020

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