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Welcome to Movable Type

Thank you for choosing Movable Type, the premiere solution for all your blogging needs. This file will show you how to get up and running; click on the highlighted sections for more information on that subject.

Before You Begin

Movable Type requires the following applications:

Upgrading Movable Type

If you are upgrading to Movable Type 4 from a previous version, we recommend that you first back up your old installation. Then upload Movable Type 4's files over your old ones. Access Movable Type as you normally do, and you will be taken through the upgrade process.

Installing Movable Type

Before you install Movable Type:

  1. Upload all of Movable Type's files into a folder accessible via your web browser. (Typically, this folder is called 'mt' in the root folder of your website.
  2. Ensure that each .cgi file (e.g. mt.cgi, mt-search.cgi, etc) found in the Movable Type directory has the execute permission enabled.
  3. Make sure that the 'mt' folder containing the uploaded Movable Type files has been enabled to execute CGI scripts.
  4. Open that folder in your web browser (i.e.
  5. You should see a Movable Type welcome screen that will take you through the installation process. If the welcome screen does not appear, please consult our Troubleshooting Guide below.

Troubleshooting Movable Type

Setting up your static web path

In some web servers (and in some configurations), static files such as javascript, css and image files are not permitted inside of a cgi-bin folder. If you have installed Movable Type into a cgi-bin folder you will need to place your static files in another web accessible location. Read our documentation on setting up your mt-static folder.

Internal Server Errors

If you receive an "Internal Server Error" message, a configuration change may be required on your web server. Please consult our installation guide to help resolve this issue, or search our knowledge base.

Finding more help

Need additional information or support? Check out the Detailed Installation Guide.