Installing RadioDJ the easy way…

We know it can be daunting and scary installing radio automation software for the first time.

Especially if you aren’t used to using software that requires a database, but don’t panic it’s not as difficult to setup as you might think.

If you follow these easy steps and have a bit of patience then you should have the program up and running in no time.

How To Install:

1) Starting off with a fresh clean install of your Windows operating system is usually a good bet. But its not necessary to re-install if you don’t need to.

Don’t forget to backup files/databases/program settings IF you decide to reformat Windows.

Once you’ve reinstalled/cleaned Windows junk files and downloaded & installed all required security patches/updates/drivers for your PC then you can begin the process of installing and configuring RadioDJ.

2) Make sure you turn off the UAC (User Account Control)


We have ours set at the lowest level so it never interferes with the smooth running of RadioDJ.

3) Download Maria DB and then follow the steps in this Tutorial about installing Maria DB.

If you have MariaDB/MySQL installed already then skip this step.

(Right click on task bar to open task manager or the start button in Windows 10)

If the SQL server is running and working then it’s time to move onto configuring RadioDJ.

4) Make sure you have .NET (At least .NET 4.6.1 is required) Installed

Windows 10 should automatically install this for you when you go to open a .NET program. Once that’s installed you can move on to the next step.

5) Download the RadioDJ executable and install to C:\RadioDJv2

6) Inside the RadioDJ program folder you will find a folder called “Setup” inside that folder there is a file called “databaseSetup.exe” right click and open as “administrator” you should be on this screen.

Enter the details for your SQL server.

SSL is for MySQL 8.0 you do not need this option if you are using older versions of MySQL

7) Click on “Install database” and the database should now be installed without any errors. If you entered the details correctly you should then see “MySQL server online”

If the database has installed correctly and RadioDJ opens without errors then you should be good to start importing tracks into RadioDJ.

Important: Backup your database before making any changes!

8) On first run make sure you set a sound card (Options> Options> Sound cards) otherwise you will have trouble importing music. You’ll probably see a a message saying Import failed unless you sort the soundcard. You will need to restart RadioDJ for sound card changes to take effect.

RadioDJ soundcards

Also you need to give yourself an administrator account from the users menu Options>Users

Don’t forget to click on the save icon at the bottom to make changes to user accounts, This should help stop people tampering with your RadioDJ settings.

You can also disable user management if you don’t require it.

9) Left click on the radiodj.exe icon in the RadioDJ folder and send to your desktop as a shortcut. (If the installer hasn’t already created one)

Then start the program from the desktop as you would any other Windows executable program. (Make sure it’s running as “Administrator”)

10) If all has gone to plan you should now be able to start enjoying a stress free radio automation experience!

If it’s your first time using RadioDJ you’ll need to Import tracks into RadioDJ. You can do that from the options menu by selecting either track/directory import.

For more advice & tips about using Radio DJ please search the RadioDJ Community forums.

RadioDJ Community Forums

You will find someone has had your exact issue at one time or another.

Another useful site with lots of tips on using Radio DJ can be found Here

We hope this guide is easy enough for people to understand.

Remember: All you need is a bit of patience it will take you time to get used to how the program works.

Once you get used to how RadioDJ works you’ll be amazed at what it can do for your music automation & radio station.

Last updated on: 13th December 2019
at 10:05 AM Europe/London