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How To Install Dokuwiki on CentOS 7

Install Dokuwiki on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Dokuwiki on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, DokuWiki is considered to be the most versatile open-source Wiki software application which is proven to meet your demanding wiki needs. Using a very familiar interface, allows you to easily scale and optimize using many advanced features. Utilizing files instead of a database, DokuWiki is extremely flexible with the type of system it will run on (no database server required).

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Dokuwiki on the CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Dokuwiki on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum -y update

Step 2. Install the LAMP server.

A CentOS 7 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install the required PHP modules:

yum install php php-gd php-ldap

Step 3. Installing Dokuwiki.

The first thing to do is to go to DokuWiki’s download page and  download the latest stable version of Dokuwiki:

wget http://download.dokuwiki.org/src/dokuwiki/dokuwiki-stable.tgz
tar xvf dokuwiki-stable.tgz
mv dokuwiki-*/ /var/www/html/dokuwiki

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown apache: -R /var/www/html/dokuwiki

Step 4. Configuring Apache web server for Dokuwiki.

It is time to configure Apache. Create a ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with the following content

### nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf
IncludeOptional vhosts.d/*.conf

Create a ‘/etc/httpd/vhosts.d’ directory where we will put all our virtual hosts:

mkdir /etc/httpd/vhosts.d

Create a virtual host for our domain:

cd /etc/httpd/vhosts.d
nano yourdomain.com

Add the following lines at the end of the file:

<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80>
ServerAdmin webmaster@yourdomain.com
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/dokuwiki"
ServerName yourdomain.com
ServerAlias www.yourdomain.com
ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-error_log"
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined

<Directory "/var/www/html/dokuwiki/">
DirectoryIndex index.php
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effect:

systemctl restart httpd.service
  • For additional resources on installing Apache on CentOS, read the post below.

How to install Apache on CentOS Linux

Step 5. Accessing DokuWiki.

DokuWiki will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/install.php or http://your-server-ip/install.php and complete the required steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Dokuwiki. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Dokuwiki on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Dokuwiki website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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