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Get Nepthali set up.


Learn how to install, upgrade, and configure Nephtali.


Installing Nephtali on a server running PHP >= 5.3 is straight forward and takes a couple minutes. Nephtali works by turning on output buffering for PHP pages and setting the auto_append value for PHP pages in the site to the ncore.php file of Nephtali.

  1. Download Nephtali and unzip archive.
  2. Upload the file setup.php to your public directory of your website.
  3. View setup.php in your web browser (e.g., http://yourwebsite.com/setup.php) and follow the instructions.
  4. Delete the setup.php files (one in public directory and other in nsite directory) from your server once you've tested your installation.


  1. Download Nephtali and unzip archive.
  2. Replace the file nephtali/ncore.php on your server with the new ncore.php file.


Nephtali uses one lone configuration file, nephtali/nconfig.php. The file contains a function, which accepts 4 arguments:

  1. mode, the current mode of the Nephtali site. Options include 'dev', 'test', 'prod'.
  2. dev, the array of values available for the development environment.
  3. test, the array of values available for the test environment.
  4. prod, the array of values available for the production environment.

The Nephtali download includes a dummy config file with dummy data. You can add any values you'd like within any of the environment arrays. Once a value is set in nconfig.php, it is immutable, and it can be retrieved with the function n\config\get('value_name')

Setting the config mode on a page-by-page basis

You can set the mode for a particular page by adding one line of code to the top of your markup file:

<?php $nephtali_config_mode = 'prod'; ?>
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

One potential issue with the above feature is that developers could forget they'd added the Nephtali mode declaration to a page, unknowingly leaking debug information to the site's users.

To address this potential issue, the Nephtali mode declaration only has effect when you add a fifth argument to the n\config\save(), as seen below:

   $mode = 'dev',
   $dev = array(
      // settings
   $test = array(
      // settings
   $prod = array(
      // settings
   $allow_page_overrides = true

This allows the developer to ensure that the config mode for the site is enforced site-wide by removing the $allow_page_overrides argument (defaults to FALSE.)

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Potential gotchas

  • Remember to append the Nephtali settings (whether you're using php.ini -or- .htaccess) to any existing settings.
  • Some servers configured with .htaccess files require that you nest the php settings within IfModule tags such as below:
    <IfModule php5_module>
    #settings here