Compatible Technologies - Windows

Below is a list of programs and software for HostGator's Windows 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 Windows package, see these articles:

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.

Note: 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.
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 Dedicated
(License purchase required.)
No Yes
Ad Server No Yes
Ajax Yes Yes
Alias files , aliases Yes Yes
aMember Pro Yes Yes
Apache 2 No Yes
Antivirus software No Yes
Apache Flex No Yes
Apple , iWeb , Mac Mail Yes Yes
ASP.Email No Yes

Chocolatey NuGet (similar to apt-get)

ASP Classic/Active Server Pages (included)
(VBScript and JScript supported)
Yes Yes
ASP.Net 1.1 (ASPX) No No
ASP.NET 2.0 and 3.5 (ASPX) Yes Yes
ASP.Net 4.0 (ASPX) Yes Yes
ASP.Net 4.5 (ASPX) Yes Yes
ASP.Net 4.6 (ASPX) No TIX
ASP.Net Trust Level Yes
Aspell , Pspell Yes Yes
AWstats (included) Yes Yes
Browscap, browscap.ini No Yes
(Installation and configuration not available)
No Yes
Byte range requests/byte serving No Yes
C, C++, GCC, C Compiler No Yes
C# (C sharp) Yes Yes
CakePHP Yes Yes
Clam AV No TIX
CGExtensions Yes Yes
ClipShare/File sharing No Yes
Code signing No Yes

(Installation & configuration not available)

No Yes
Compressed files (.rar* .zip .tar.gz .bz2) Yes Yes
concrete5 Yes Yes
cPanel/Enkompass No Yes
Cron jobs/scheduled tasks (included) Yes Yes
Crypt::SSLeay TIX Yes
Crystal Reports No Yes
CS-Cart Yes Yes
cURL, libcurl, PHP/cURL (included) Yes Yes
Cyberduck FTP Yes Yes
Delavo No No
Disable open_base dir Yes Yes
Django (Shared requires FastCGI) Yes Yes
dl() function No Yes
DLL , Dynamic link library
(Shared requires Microsoft-signed .dlls)
Yes Yes
Dolphin 7
(You provide installation and license)
No Yes
Dolphin - Ray, Orca, & older Dolphin versions ( Yes Yes
DotNet, dot net, .NET Yes Yes
DotNetNuke - Please note that version 8.0.0 and higher is not compatible with Windows Shared as MVC 5.1.1 is required which cannot operate in Medium Trust environments. Yes Yes
Drupal (included) Yes Yes
Dundas No Yes
e107 Yes Yes
eAccelerator No Yes
Elgg Yes Yes
Email piping Yes Yes
Executable Files and Batch Files* No Yes
ExpressionEngine Yes Yes
FastCGI Yes Yes
Flash FLV
(Browsers must have MacroMedia Flash Player Installed)
Yes Yes
Flash Media Server (FMS) No Yes
Flash remoting using Amfphp Yes Yes
Flv2tool No Yes
formail Yes Yes
formmail Yes Yes
fopen Yes Yes
FrontPage extensions (deprecated) No No
fsockopen Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Full text search No Yes
FXP No Yes
Game server hosting No Yes
GD2 library (included) Yes Yes
GET Yes Yes
Ghostscript Yes Yes
Git client No Yes
Git server No Yes
GnuPG Yes Yes
Google AdSense & AdWords Yes Yes
Google Apps & Email Yes Yes
GZip Yes Yes
HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) Yes Yes
HTTP digest authentication No Yes
HTTP keep-alive (HTTP persistent connection) Yes Yes
HTTP streaming (audio/video) Yes Yes
If-Modified-Since HTTP header Yes Yes
iHTML No Yes
IIS (Internet Information Services)** Yes Yes
IIS Remote Administration No Yes
ImageMagick , Image Magick (included) No Yes
IMAP Yes Yes
imap_open Yes Yes
InnoDB No Yes
ionCube Loader , decoder Yes Yes
IPsec No  Yes
ISAPI rewrite No Yes
Java, Tomcat, .jsp No Yes
JavaServer Faces (JSF) No Yes
JavaScript , JSON , JSE Yes Yes
Joomla (included) Yes Yes
JRE (Java Runtime Environment) , JVM (Java Virtual Machine) No Yes
Kayako Yes Yes
LAME MP3 Encoder No Yes
LaTeX (but we do not support the binary) Yes Yes
LDAP, openLDAP No Yes
lib_curl Yes Yes
Libogg + Libvorbis No Yes
Live streaming (webcam/radio/video broadcast) No Yes
Load balancing No TIX
Lynx TIX Yes
(requires innoDB)
No Yes
Mail - SmarterMail Yes Yes
Mail - any other MTA (Postfix) No Yes
Memcached No Yes
Microsoft Access Yes Yes
Microsoft Exchange (no longer Requires AD) No Yes
Microsoft Maps and related No No
Microsoft Reports No Yes
Microsoft SQL Server/MSSQL (included)
(Full text search,bulk insert, dbmail, Reporting Services are not available on Shared)***
Yes Yes
Microsoft SQL Server SQLSRV driver for PHP (included) (allows PHP to connect to MS SQL.) Yes Yes
Microsoft WebMatrix No Yes
Midnight Commander No Yes
MING PHP Module No Yes
Miva Merchant 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
Mono No Yes
Moodle Yes Yes
mpeg2enc TIX TIX
MPlayer + MEncoder No Yes
MVC 2, 3, and 4 (for ASP.NET) - FTP option Yes Yes
MVC 5 (for ASP.NET) - FTP option No Yes
MVC (for ASP.NET) - Publish option No Yes
MVC Microsoft.Owin No Yes
MySQL 5 (included) Yes Yes
MySQL InnoDB No Yes
MySQLi Yes Yes
MySQL Clustering No Yes
NNTP/Usenet No Yes
(requires Full Trust)
No Yes
NuSphere PhpExpress No Yes
Online chat programs Yes Yes
Opcode caching modules , XCache , APC (Alternative PHP Cache) No Yes
openSSL Yes Yes
Oracle No Yes
ParaChat No Yes
Payment gateway/merchant provider Yes Yes
PCI Compliance (included) Yes Yes
PCRE Perl Compatible Regular Expressions Yes Yes
Persists Software (Persist ASP.image, ASP.Email) No 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 iconv Yes Yes
PHP and PECL modules (full list)
(shell, execute,elevate modules not available on Shared)
Yes Yes
PHP shell_exec No Yes
PHP tokenizer Yes Yes
PHPArcadeScript , phpas Yes Yes
PHPfox Yes Yes
PHPmotion No Yes
PHP Multibyte String Yes Yes
phpMyAdmin (included) Yes Yes
Plesk Yes Yes
Plesk Application Packaging Standard, APS Vault, Application Vault (included) Yes Yes
Plesk Custom Themes No Yes
Podcasting Yes Yes
POP3 (included) Yes Yes
PostgreSQL, Informix, Sybase Solid, Generic ODBC No Yes
Postini Yes Yes
PrestaShop Yes Yes
Python setuptools Yes Yes
Python virtualenv No Yes
QuickBooks No Yes
Rapid Leech No Yes
Red5 No Yes
Reflection Software (ReflectionPermission) No Yes
Remote Desktop , RDP No Yes
Report Viewer
(requires Full Trust)
No Yes
RoR / Ruby on Rails (included) No Yes
Round robin DNS No Yes
RSS feeds Yes Yes
Safe Harbor Certification (included) Yes Yes
Scheduled tasks Yes Yes
SCP , SFTP (requires FileZilla server) No Yes
Sendgrid SMTP (Sending email via Sendgrid's SMTP servers via script) No Yes
Server clock adjustments
(other than Central Standard Time (CST) & Central Daylight Saving (CDT))
No Yes
session_gc, probability, divisor, maxlifetime No Yes
Shared SSL Yes No
SharePoint, SharePoint server (requires license) No Yes
Shopping carts Yes Yes
shtml , SSI , server side includes (all included) Yes Yes
SHOUTCast, Icecast No Yes
SimpleXML Yes Yes
SmarterBundle (included) No Yes
SmarterMail (included) Yes Yes
SmarterTrack No Yes
Smarty Yes Yes
SMF (Simple Machines Forum) Yes Yes
SMTP (included) Yes Yes
SOAP Yes Yes
SoftArtisans ASP.Upload No Yes
Softaculous No No
SourceGuardian - decoder only. (Encoding requires purchase and installation.) Yes Yes
SoX Yes Yes
SpamAssassin , spamd Yes Yes
SQLite Yes Yes
SRV record , Service Record Yes Yes
SSH2 (included) Yes Yes
Streaming Flash No Yes
stunnel (SSL wrapper) No Yes
.svc files
(Shared - cannot call Windows functions or services)
Yes Yes
Subversion SVN Client Yes Yes
SVN / CVS Repository No Yes
SWFTools No Yes
Tomcat No Yes
Trac , TracInstall No Yes
Umbraco version 6.x.x and lower.
(Plugins needing Full Trust will not work on Shared)
Yes Yes
Umbraco version 7+ No Yes
URL Rewrite Yes Yes
vBulletin Yes Yes
Visual Basic Development Yes Yes
Visual Studio Yes Yes
VNC (You provide installation) No Yes
Voice servers (TeamSpeak / Ventrillo) No Yes
VPN / VPS No Yes
vtiger CRM, SugarCRM
(You provide installation and license)
Yes Yes
WAP Yes Yes
Web Presence Builder by Parallels Plesk (included) Yes Yes
Webalizer (included) Yes Yes
WebDAV Class 1 No Yes
Webdisk Class 1 No Yes
WebMail access via SmarterMail (Horde and MailEnable for Dedicated only) Yes Yes
Wiki ( MediaWiki , PhpWiki , TWiki ) Yes Yes
Wildcard SSL , multi-domain SSL Yes Yes
Windows Server 2008 R2 (included)
(R1 no longer available)
Yes No
Windows Server 2012 R2 No Yes
Woopra Yes Yes
WordPress (included) Yes Yes
WordPress MU (now incorporated into WordPress 3.0 and above) Yes Yes
WSGI , mod_wsgi No Yes
(Windows Dedicated requires self-install of LAMP)
No Yes
Xdebug No Yes
Xen No Yes
XML, xml-rpc Yes Yes
XMPP (Self-installation required.) No Yes
XSitePro Yes Yes
XSLT Yes Yes
yamdi No Yes
yum No Yes
Zend Core No Yes
Zend Framework No Yes
Zend Guard (replaces Optimizer) Yes Yes
zip_open Yes Yes
zlib compression library Yes Yes
Zope/Plone No Yes

  • *Currently, the only executable types available for scheduled tasks on shared hosting are: PHP, Perl, and Python.
  • **While IIS is available on shared servers, you will not have access to modify the settings through IIS. Please contact us via phone or Live Chat to request any modifications.
  • ***HostGator only documents Full Text Search, Bulk Insert, dbmail, and Reporting Services as SQL Server features that are not allowed on Shared.
Please feel free to contact us via phone or Live Chat and ask us about a specific program and possible additional fees. (The best way to determine what comes with your hosting plan is to check that section of our website instead of the knowledge base.)