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This article describes the requirements of PowerFolder Server regarding hardware, operating systems and third party software. Please check the requirements deeply to not encounter problems during installation or in production use.

Hardware Requirements

There is no general recommendation on hardware requirements for PowerFolder Server, since it all depends on the number of folders and files which should be managed. Therefore we just provide a rough figure here on how to scale the hardware for PowerFolder Server.

If you manage about 1.000.000 files, the following hardware is recommended:

  • Dual- or Quad-Core CPU, > 2 GHz 
  • 2-4 GB RAM

PowerFolder Server only requires about 100MB of disk space for the program itself. The disk space for the data has to be scaled according the expected data which should be managed by PowerFolder Server.

(Info) If there are problems starting the server due to memory problems or if you need information how to increase the amount of memory to PowerFolder Server, please read the section about Memory Configuration.


Network Requirements

PowerFolder needs the following ports to be opened:

  • TCP / 443: Web Interface HTTPS
  • TCP / 80: Tunnel HTTP for data exchange between clients behind a firewall and the server
  • TCP / 1337: Data for data exchange between clients and the server

Changing port numbers

The above mentioned ports can be changed of course. You can either change them as an administrator in the web interface or via the Server Configuration File.

Exchanging data via the HTTP Tunnel

You might ask yourself, why there is a need for a port opened which serves the web interface without a SSL certificate.

In case the client is behind a firewall, which blocks all ports except port 80, the client encrypts his data packets for exchange with the server using the PowerFolder-internal transfer protocol (same procedure as for packets being directly exchange via the normal data port) and sends his data packets via HTTP POST against the non-SSL URL of the server. If the client would send it against the SSL-protected URL (e.g., the data exchange would be encrypted twice, which means the data transfer would slow down, because the data packets would be encrypted by the PowerFolder-internal protocol and the SSL connection.

Serving the web interface on Linux-based operating system

On Linux-based systems it's not possible for a non-root user to bind to ports below 1024 as those ports are considered "priviledged". Therefore you need to either put a web server like Apache or Nginx in front ((Haken) recommended) or choose PowerFolder ports higher than 1024 .

Software Requirements

Operating Systems 
Microsoft Windows

(Haken) 7 / 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2012 R2/ 8 / 8.1 / 10

Linux / Unix / Solaris(Haken) Debian, Redhat
Microsoft SQL(Haken) 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2014
MySQL(Haken) 5.1 / 5.5 / 5.6
PostgreSQL(Haken) 9.3
Microsoft Internet Explorer(Haken) 9 and higher
Mozilla Firefox(Haken) 3.6 and higher
Google Chrome(Haken) 10 and higher
Safari(Haken) 5 and higher
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