From Linuxintro
(Redirected from Dokuwiki)

DokuWiki is a wiki that stores data in plain files and to priviledge distinct users for viewing articles.


DokuWiki's website is


This example shows how to install dokuwiki on your local computer. It has been tested with SUSE Linux 11.2-13.1.

You will need a running php-enabled http service, open a console and enter: <source>

yast -i apache2 apache2-mod_php5 php5-zlib
/etc/init.d/apache2 start

</source> Then download the dokuwiki package and unpack it to /srv/www/htdocs/dokuwiki. <source>

cp Downloads/dokuwiki-2011-05-25a.tgz /srv/www/htdocs
cd /srv/www/htdocs
tar xvzf dokuwiki-*
mv dokuwiki-* dokuwiki


Change the owner of the directories to the web server: <source>

chown -R wwwrun:www dokuwiki

</source> Then surf to http://localhost/dokuwiki/install.php


If you get an error message like this: <source>

{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/dokuwiki/data/pages is not writable by DokuWiki. You need to fix the permission settings of this directory!

</source> First make sure you know DOCUMENT_ROOT, let's assume it is /srv/www/htdocs. Then do a <source>

chmod -R 777 /srv/www/htdocs

</source> If this does not help, you may have safe_mode turned on. You can find this out with the command <source>

grep -ir "safe_mode" /etc/apache2/*

</source> In this case, apache only reads files that its user owns. Solution can be to chown all files to the user apache is running under. In one case, under Ubuntu, the solution was: <source>

chown -R sw-cp-server:crontab /var/www/vhosts/default/htdocs/dokuwiki/data/



To make what mediawiki calls a redirect, use the goto plugin:


make it similar to mediawiki



Use the monobook that resembles to mediawiki


cd /srv/www/htdocs/dokuwiki/lib/tpl/
wget --no-check-certificate


  • extract it to the template directory


cd /srv/www/htdocs/dokuwiki/lib/tpl/
tar xvf *monobook-update.tar.gz 


  • rename it to default


mv default/ default-save
mv monobook/ default


  • set admin -> Configuration Settings -> "Template aka. the design of the wiki." : "default"
  • adapt :wiki:navigation to contain


* [[:start]]
* [[http://yourhost/dokuwiki/doku.php?do=recent|Recent Changes]]
* [[http://yourhost/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=wiki&do=admin&page=statistics|Statistics]]


URL rewriting

Want a pretty URL like instead of



There are a lot of issues regarding pcre. One is that you may not be able to log in if you have not compiled pcre with the option --enable-utf8. So, here is how to compile pcre to work with dokuwiki: <source>

./configure --enable-utf8 && make -j8 && make install



Plugin cannot be unpacked

Symptom: <source>

The plugin manager was unable to decompress the downloaded file. This maybe as a result of a bad download, in which case you should try again; or the compression format may be unknown, in which case you will need to download and install the plugin manually.


Solution: Install the zlib package for php, e.g. php5-zlib

See also