1. Create configuration file

Before you run the automated_install.pl script, you need to prepare a special configuration file and specify proper values for all the required installation parameters. This information will be used by the script for the automated installation of the WebSpellChecker application on your server.

1.1. Configuration file syntax

  • Configuration file has a simple structure resembling *.ini files. 
  • Each row of the file should contain one parameter with an assigned corresponding value.
  • You are allowed to use indentation, spaces, and tabs and add blank lines.
  • You can comment some of the parameters using a hash sign “#” at the very beginning of the row with a parameter name (e.g. #activate_license = 1).

Below is an example of a simple configuration file that can be used for the automated installation of the application on a Linux-based server using NGINX web server assuming that you will be using the WProofreader SDK over HTTPS.

install_path = /opt/WSC/ 
products = 1
file_owner = 33:33
protocol = 1
languages_to_install = 1,2
service_port = 2880
domain_name = localhost
web_port = 443
virtual_dir = wscservice
#changed the web server type to NGINX
web_server_type  = 2
activate_license = 1
license_ticket_id = ***************

1.2. Configuration file parameters

The table below lists all available parameters and their possible values that you can use in the configuration file.

Some of the parameters are mandatory and must be defined. The rest of the parameters are optional. If you do not define values for the optional parameters, they will be either auto-defined by the script, or the default values will be used accordingly. 



Parameter type

Default valuePossible valuesDescription
  • /opt/WSC/
  • Any other appropriate location on the server

The parameter defines the installation path for the application.

If a parameter is not specified in the config, the default value will be used.

  • 0 – Do not create a backup file
  • 1 – Create a backup file (WSC.bak)
The parameter is responsible for backup file creation. If you have an existing copy of the application in the specified install_path, the script will reserve the whole folder in a WSC.bak file.


  • user:group (e.g. 33:33)

The parameter sets permissions for the application. It should define the file ownership, a user and group in the user:group format.

  • 1 – WProofreader add-on for RTEs and HTML controls (CKEditor 4/5, Froala Editor, TinyMCE, Quill, etc.)
  • 2 – WebSpellChecker API
  • 3 – SCAYT Plugin for CKEditor 4
  • 4 – Select all products

The parameter defines which product and components to install. It is not recommended to install “all products” but make your choice carefully.

Use a coma as a separator for multiple options. 

  • 0 – None
  • 1 - English grammar (en_AI)
  • 2 - English autocomplete
  • 3 - German grammar (de_AI)
  • 4 - Spanish grammar (es_ES)
  • 5 - Select all

Specifies what AI-based languages (language models) to install. Use a coma as a separator for multiple options. 

  • 0 – Do not install demo samples and API docs.
  • 1 – Install demo samples and API docs.
The parameter defines whether the demo samples and documentation should be installed.
  • 1 – HTTPS
  • 2 – HTTP
Defines the protocol to be used when communicating with the service.
  • /cert.pem

The parameter defines the path to the SSL certificate file (*.pem). Required for SSL connection setup.

If not specified and files not replaced, a test untrusted SSL certificate will be used.

  • /key.pem
The parameter defines the path to the private key file (*.pem). Required for SSL connection setup.
  • password if any
Some SSL certificates are password-protected. 
  • Any available port number in the range [1-65535]
The parameter defines the WebSpellChecker service port number. This is the port of AppServer.
  • Any available port number in the range [1-65535] of your web server. Here are some common ports:
    • 443
    • 80

The parameter specifies the port number of web server or Java application server.

  • Any string 

  • 1 – Apache HTTP Server
  • 2 – NGINX
  • 3 – Other

The parameter specifies a type of web server which will be used for the application server running.

Automated configuration for Java application servers is no longer available.

  • Path to Java Virtual Machine (JVM)

The parameter defines the pass to Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that is mandatory for the grammar engine. During the final steps of setup, the AppServer will try to autodetect the path to JVM and add it to the settings.

However, using the parameter you can predefine which version of JVM should be used.

  • 0 – Skip the license activation step.
  • 1 – Run the license activation step.
The parameter defines whether to run the license activation process. You can skip the license activation step if you have already activated a license or you prefer to proceed with the license activation step later.
  • Your valid license ticket ID. It can be a trial (30 day) or a commercial license (1 year).
The parameter specified a License Ticket ID that will be used during the license activation procedure.
  • 2.2.x
  • 2.4.x
The parameter defines the current version of Apache HTTP Server. It will be auto-detected.
  • /etc/apache2
  • /etc/apache2/conf.d
  • /etc/nginx/conf.d

The parameter defines the location of the Apache HTTP Server or NGINX configuration file (httpd.conf/wscservice.conf). It can be auto-defined by the installation script.

Initially, it was named like this: apache_config_dir. Later, with automating the installation for NGINX, it was renamed.





  • 0 – Do not enable extra modules.

  • 1 – Enable all required extra modules.

The parameter enables additional Apache HTTP Server mod_mimemod_headers, proxy, proxy_http modules.

They are required for proper work of the application.





  • 0 – Do not restart web server

  • 1 – Restart web server

The parameter is responsible for restarting of a selected web server. It is required for changes to take effect.

Initially, it was named like this: restart_apache. Later, with automating the installation for NGINX, it was renamed.

  • 0 - Do not enable a proxy server.
  • 1 - Enable proxy server.


Enable proxy server connection.



Proxy server host name or IP address.



TCP port number for proxy server.



User name to access a proxy server.

  • password if any


User password to establish a connection with proxy server.

2. Run automated install script

As soon as a configuration file with all the required parameters is defined, you need to run the automated_install.pl script with the install_config.ini configuration file as a first parameter as follows:

$ sudo ./automated_install.pl install_config.ini


$ sudo perl automated_install.pl install_config.ini


If you specified a non-existing parameter in the configuration file, the automated installation will instantly fail, and throw an error message indicating an incorrect parameter. Moreover, with an incorrect  parameter, the script may suggest possible valid parameters and their default values. However, if there is an error in a specified value, the installation will fail only on the specific step and might not give you a clear message for error handling.

3. Activate license

If you assigned “1” as a value for the activate_license parameter, the installer will attempt to activate a license automatically using a license ticket ID.

The automatic license activation mode requires the Internet connection available on the machine where you are trying to install WebSpellChecker.

Otherwise, you need to proceed with the license activation procedure according to the License activation on Linux manually.

4. Verify operability

Now you are ready to check if the installation process of the application went well, and all the components are functioning properly. Check the application version, status, and access to the demo samples to verify if the application works properly after the installation.

  1. Verify Version: http(s)://localhost:2880/?cmd=ver 
  2. Verify Status: http(s)://localhost:2880/?cmd=status
  3. Access default demo samples: http(s)://localhost/wscservice/samples/

Do not use 2880 port when accessing samples or other statics files like wscbundle.js file as such files will be processed by a selected web server or Java application server. 2880 is a port that WSC AppServer listens to and which is designed to process service requests (check spelling, grammar and others).

Find the correct responses for the application version and status below.

WebSpellChecker Server Status

Here is a correct status response for Spell Check, Grammar and Thesaurus engines of WebSpellChecker Server:

    "SpellCheckEngine": {
        "active": true
    "GrammarCheckEngine": {
        "active": true
    "ThesaurusEngine": {
        "active": true

WebSpellChecker Server Version

Here is a correct version response for WebSpellChecker Server 5.x.x.x on a Linux server:

    "Copyright": "(c) 2000-2021 WebSpellChecker LLC",
    "ProductWebsite": "webspellchecker.com",
    "ProgramVersion": "5.x.x.x x64 master:xxxxxxxx (xxxx) #xx",
    "PackageVersion": "5.x.x.x master:xxxxxxx (xxx) #xx"

WebSpellChecker Demo Samples

Here is the correct view of the WebSpellChecker demo samples:

5. Integrate WebSpellChecker

Integrate WebSpellChecker products into your web application.

Do not use 2880 port when accessing samples or other statics files like wscbundle.js file as such files will be processed by a selected web server or Java application server. 2880 is an internal port that WSC AppServer listens to and which is designed to process service requests (check spelling, grammar and others).

Option A. Integration Guides

Visit Products and integrations guides to learn more how to get started with WebSpellChecker products, one of them being WProofreader.


WProofreader is multilingual proofreading tool for web applications. It enables grammar and spell check while you type or work with your text in a dedicated dialog. It detects editable fields in focus, be it HTML editable controls or WYSIWYG editors, and enables spelling and grammar checking there. View the full list of supported integrations.

WProofreader benefits: 

With the Cloud-based version of WProofreader you can access and use its features without server-side installation. In the Server-based version, all the application data is securely processed on your own server. Refer to the Get started with WProofreader Server (autoSearch) guide for more details.

WProofreader allows users to see and correct spelling and grammar problems on the fly while they are typing directly in the text input field. Every misspelled word found will be underlined with a red wavy line and every grammar problem detected will be marked with a green one respectively. The user just needs to hover a marked word or phrase and replace it with a proper one from the list of given corrections.

Option B. Demo Samples

Depending on the type of elements, namely HTML native elements or rich text editors where the spelling and grammar check is needed, you may choose and use the demo samples that are shipped with the package. 

To access the default samples, go to http(s)://your_host_name:port/wscservice/samples/ where port is the port of your web server or Java application server. The default samples contains all the necessary samples and instructions that will help with the integration of the WebSpellChecker products. Moreover, each sample contains detailed development documentation with a list of methods and parameters available.