Download the addon files from GmodStoreopen in new window.

Extract the downloaded ZIP archive to a convenient location.

Web server configuration

Ember requires a web server capable of performing basic URL rewriting and executing PHP scripts. Configuration examples are provided for Apache, Caddy and NGINX. Note that they'll need to be adjusted for your environment.


Make sure that you have mod_rewriteopen in new window installed and enabled. Set the AllowOverrideopen in new window configuration directive to All to enable parsing the .htaccess file shipped with Ember.

If you're using PHP-FPMopen in new window and certain Apache modules you might need to add SetEnvIf Authorization "(.*)" HTTP_AUTHORIZATION=$1 to your virtual hostopen in new window configuration.


The default configuration captures all requests. See serving other files if needed.


An example Caddyfileopen in new window can be found below. Requires PHP-FPMopen in new window.

example.com {
    root * /var/www/html/public
    php_fastcgi * {
        index index.php
        env SERVER_PORT 443
    rewrite / /index.php?{query}


An example Server Blockopen in new window can be found below. Requires PHP-FPMopen in new window.

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name example.com;
    root /var/www/html/public;

    index /index.php;

    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;

    location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $realpath_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        include fastcgi_params;

Setting up a MySQL database

You will need to create a database for Ember as well as a user that has full access to said database. Consult your hosting provider's documentation regarding the creation of those. The database and user can be called anything you'd like. Using the utf8mb4_general_ci collation is recommended. Note the IP or domain of your database if it's not running on the same network as your web server.

Uploading the files

Open up the extracted archive. Navigate to the web subfolder. Move the contents of the subfolder (not the folder itself) to the root directory of your web space. This is often called something along the lines of html, public_html or www. Check with your web host if you can't find the correct directory.

├── app
├── ...
├── config.php
└── ...


Subdirectory installations are not supported.

Configuration file

You should now have the required files uploaded, including the config.php file. Open the file for editing and insert your Steam API key (get one from hereopen in new window) and the MySQL database configuration you acquired previously. To do that, simply replace the values (right side) of the array elements with your data.

Initial setup

Browse to the website where you installed Ember using the web browser of your choice. After the setup page is done finishing the installation, sign in with the Steam account using which you purchased this addon. You should see an Admin dropdown appear on the navigation bar. Using the options there you can configure Ember to your liking.