Which Package and Which Format?

The recommended way of installing TYPO3 is via the PHP package manager Composer. For detailed instructions on how to install TYPO3 using Composer, visit the Install TYPO3 via composer section of this manual.

If you do not have access to Composer, you can install TYPO3 by downloading and then extracting its source package on your web server. TYPO3's source package can be found here: https://get.typo3.org.

Which File Format to Use

The TYPO3 Source package is available as a .zip or .tar.gz distribution. Their content is the same and you should download the one that you will be able to extract directly on your web server (Windows based systems are more likely to use the .zip file while Linux distributions tend to use the .tar.gz file).