Compatible Technologies

Below is a list of programs and software for HostGator's Linux servers. We have tested these items for compatibility. The entries show if the item is compatible, not compatible or installable only by a HostGator agent. (The entry for each item may also have parenthetical notes for special cases.)

This list does not include everything our servers can and cannot support, but it does include most popular items. Some items listed are included on the server, others are items HostGator can assist you with installing, and some items would need to be provided and installed by you.

To see what software is provided or available for your HostGator package, see the below article:

We strive to assist our customers as much as possible and can assist you with all server-related issues. We may not be able to offer you support for any third-party items listed. However, in every case we will at least try to point you in the correct direction to get the help you need.


  • This article indicates compatibility. This does not imply that we install these programs for free. Some programs on this list are already on the server or can be installed for free, but other programs require installation and/or administrative fees.
  • HostGator Cloud Sites are a Shared server platform and are subject to the same compatibility as Shared/Reseller plans.
  • Optimized WordPress is only compatible with WordPress technologies and plugins, and has no additional external compatibility. For more information on the features included with Optimized WordPress and information about plugins that cannot be used on the service, please refer to the following articles:
Please contact us via phone or Live Chat to inquire about installing a specific program and possible additional fees.
Yes = Compatible
No = Not compatible
TIX = A HostGator agent must enable this for you. Please contact us via phone or Live Chat.

Service Shared/Reseller Dedicated/VPS
Ad serving No Yes

Adobe ColdFusion
(Installation & configuration not available)

No Yes
Adobe Media Server (was Flash Media Server) No Yes
AdSpy Sites No No
Ajax Yes Yes
Alias files, aliases Yes Yes
aMember Pro Yes Yes
Amfphp Yes Yes
Apache 2 Yes Yes
Apache Cassandra No Yes
Apache Flex No Yes
Apple Mail, Mac Mail Yes Yes
apt-get (would require a different OS than we provide) No TIX
Aspell, Pspell Yes Yes
Autossh No Yes
AWstats (included) Yes Yes
AWstats includes TIX Yes
browscap, browscap.ini No Yes

Bugzilla (Installation & configuration not available)
(Snappy VPS 2000 or higher)

No Yes
Byte Range Requests/Byte Serving Yes Yes
C, C++, GCC, C Compiler No Yes
CakePHP Yes Yes
Clam AV No TIX
CentOS 6.4 (included) Yes Yes
CGExtensions Yes Yes
ClipShare/File Sharing No Yes
Code signing No Yes
Colo, colocation services No No

(Installation & configuration not available)

No Yes
Compressed Files (.rar* .zip .tar.gz .bz2) Yes Yes
concrete5 Yes Yes
CouchDB No Yes
cPanel Yes Yes
cPanel Pro No Yes
cPanel skins - Third party No Yes
CRE Loaded Sites Yes Yes
CRE Loader
(Not included, but you can install it)
Yes Yes
Cron jobs (included) Yes Yes
Crypt::SSLeay5 TIX Yes
CS-Cart Yes Yes
cURL, libcurl, PHP/CURL (included) Yes Yes
Cyberduck FTP Yes Yes
Delavo Yes Yes
Disable open_base dir Yes Yes
Django (shared requires fastcgi) Yes Yes
dl() function No Yes
Dolphin 7
(You provide installation and license)
No Yes
Ray, Orca, & older Dolphin versions ( Yes Yes
Drupal (included) Yes Yes
e107 Yes Yes
eAccelerator No No
eGroupWare Yes Yes
elgg Yes Yes
Email Piping Yes Yes
ExpressionEngine Yes Yes
FastCGI Yes Yes
FFmpeg No VPS = No
Dedi = Yes
Flash FLV
(browsers must have MacroMedia Flash Player installed)
Yes Yes
Flv2tool No Yes
formail Yes Yes
formmail Yes Yes
fopen Yes Yes
FreeBSD, Ubuntu (all at your own risk) No Yes
fsockopen Yes Yes
FXP (File Exchange Protocol) No Yes
Game server No VPS = No
Dedi = Yes
GCD (Google Cash Detective) No No
GD2 Library (included) Yes Yes
get, Wget Yes Yes
Ghostscript Yes Yes
Git client Yes Yes
Git server No Yes
Gnome/KDE (No support or installation provided, install at your own risk) No Yes
GnuPG Yes Yes
Google AdSense & AdWords Yes Yes
Google Apps & Email Yes Yes
gzip Yes Yes
HIPAA compliance No No
HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) Yes Yes
HTTP Digest Authentication No Yes
HTTP keep-alive Yes Yes
HTTP streaming (audio/video) Yes Yes
If-Modified-Since HTTP header Yes Yes
ihtml No Yes
ImageMagick, Image Magick (included) Yes Yes
IMAP Yes Yes
imap_open Yes Yes
innoDB Yes Yes
ionCube Loader, decoder Yes Yes
IPsec No VPS = No
Dedi = Yes
Java, Tomcat, .jsp No Yes
Java virtual machine (JRE, JVM) No Yes
JavaServer Faces (JSF) No Yes
JavaScript Yes Yes
Joomla (included) Yes Yes
JSON Yes Yes
Kayako Yes Yes
LAME MP3 Encoder No Yes
Laravel Yes Yes
LaTeX (but we do not support the binary) Yes Yes
LDAP, openldap No Yes
lib_curl Yes Yes
libmysqlclient Yes Yes
Libogg + Libvorbis No Yes
Live streaming, webcam, radio or video broadcast No Yes
Load balancing No TIX
lynx TIX Yes
Magento Yes Yes
Mail - Exim Yes Yes
Mail - any other MTA (postfix) No Yes
(Snappy 2000 VPS or higher)
No Yes
Midnight Commander, MC No Yes
Ming (PHP module) No Yes
Miva empresa No Yes
mod_deflate, mod_gzip Yes Yes
mod_layout No Yes
mod_mime Yes Yes
mod_pagespeed No Yes
mod_perl, mod_python, mod_sql_auth, mod_ruby No Yes
mod_rewrite, mod_speling
(must enable in .htaccess)
Yes Yes
mod_security, mod_sec TIX Yes
Mokoala Yes Yes
MongoDB No Yes
Moodle Yes Yes
mpeg2enc TIX TIX
Mplayer + MEncoder No Yes
MySQL 5 (included) Yes Yes
MySQLi Yes Yes
mysqlnd No Yes
MySQL Cluster No Yes
NNTP/Usenet No Yes
Node.js No Yes
Nulled scripts (forbidden per our TOS) No No
NuSphere PhpExpress No Yes
Online chat programs Yes Yes
openSSL 0.9.8o Yes Yes
Oracle (not recommended for VPS plans) No Yes
ownCloud (against our TOS on shared servers) No Yes
paFileDB No No
ParaChat No Yes
Payment gateway/merchant provider Yes Yes
PCI Compliance Yes Yes
PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expressions) Yes Yes
PDFlib (requires commercial license) No Yes
PDFtk No Yes
PDO or pdo_mysql Yes Yes
PEAR modules - full list Yes Yes
PennyWize No Yes
Perl 5, Python 2, CGI, CPAN (all included) Yes Yes
Perl DBI module Yes Yes
PHP 5 (included) Yes Yes
PHP-FPM with Zend OPCache (Snappy 2000 VPS or higher) No Yes
PHP iconv Yes Yes
PHP and PECL modules - full list Yes Yes
PHP shell_exec Yes Yes
PHP tokenizer Yes Yes
PHPArcadeScript, phpas Yes Yes
phpFox Yes Yes
PHPmotion No Yes
PHP Multibyte String (mbstring) Yes Yes
phpMyAdmin (included) Yes Yes
Pine (email client) No Yes
Plesk No No
Podcasting Yes Yes
POP3 (included) Yes Yes
PostgreSQL, Informix, Sybase Solid, Generic ODBC No Yes
PrestaShop Yes Yes
procmail Yes No
Proxy servers, socket servers, SOCKS 4, 4a, &5 No No
Push Button Cash Site No No
Push Email No No
Python setuptools Yes Yes
QuickInstall (included) Yes TIX
Rapid Leech No Yes
Red5 Media Server No Yes
Redis No Yes
RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) No Yes
Riak No Yes
Round Robin DNS No Yes
RSS feeds Yes Yes
rsync Yes Yes
Ruby on Rails (included) Yes Yes
Safe Harbor Certified (included) Yes Yes
sem_get No No
Sendgrid SMTP
(Sending email via Sendgrid's SMTP servers via script) (Note: Sendgrid's Web API may work on shared & reseller, but is untested at this time.)
Server clock adjustments
(other than Central Standard Time [CST] & Central Daylight Saving [CDT])
No Yes
Server redundancy No No
session_gc, probability, divisor, maxlifetime No Yes
Shared SSL No No
Shopping carts Yes Yes
SHTML (SSI-enabled HTML), SSI, server side includes (all included) Yes Yes
ShoutCast, Icecast No Yes
SimpleXML Yes Yes
SiteBuilder by Parallels Plesk (available by request) Shared = No
Reseller = Yes
Smarty Yes Yes
SMF (Simple Machines Forum) Yes Yes
SMS Gateway, MMS No No
SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol)(included) Yes Yes
SOAP Yes Yes
Softaculous No Yes
SourceGuardian (decoder) Yes Yes
SoX (audio processing) Yes Yes
SpamAssassin, spamd Yes Yes
SQLite Yes Yes
SRV record (Service Record) Yes Yes
SSH2 (included) Yes Yes
SSH tunnel No Yes
Streaming Flash No Yes
Subversion SVN Client Yes Yes
SVN/CVS Repository No Yes
SWFTools No Yes
tmpfs (configuration requires billing for admin time) No Yes
Trac, TracInstall No Yes
Urchin Stats (discontinued) No Yes
vBulletin Yes Yes
vi (requires SSH) Yes Yes
Vidiscript No Yes
VMware (virtualization) No Yes
VirtualEnv Yes Yes
VNC (You provide installation) No Yes
Voice servers (TeamSpeak/Ventrillo) No Yes
Dedi = Yes
vtiger CRM, SugarCRM
(You provide installation and license)
Yes Yes
WAP Yes Yes
Webalizer (included) (Video tutorial) Yes Yes
Webdav (class 1) Yes Yes
Web Disk Yes Yes
WebMail Access: Horde, SquirrelMail, Roundcube (all included) Yes Yes
WHM Yes Yes
Wiki (MediaWiki, PhpWiki, TWiki) Yes Yes
Wildcard SSL, multi-domain SSL Yes Yes
Woopra Yes Yes
WordPress (included) Yes Yes
WordPress MU (now incorporated into WordPress 3.0 and above) Yes Yes
WSGI (Web Server Gateway Interface), mod_wsgi No Yes
X Windows (X11) No No
xdebug No Yes
Xen No Yes
XML, xml-rpc Yes Yes
XMPP (you provide installation) No Yes
XSitePro Yes Yes
XSLT Yes Yes
XSSI (extended server side includes) No Yes
yamdi No Yes
yum No Yes
Zend Core No Yes
Zend Framework No Yes
Zend Guard (replaces Optimizer) No Yes
zip_open Yes Yes
zlib compression library Yes Yes
Zope/Plone No Yes


If you are interested in a program or software that is not listed here, feel free to contact us via phone or Live Chat and we will assess your request.