How To Install DokuWiki on Debian 11

Install DokuWiki on Debian 11

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install DokuWiki on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, DokuWiki is a free open source wiki application written completely in the PHP programming language and often deployed in Linux under the LAMP stack. It offers very useful features such as multiple language support, SEO, authentication, spam blacklist, autosave, read-only pages, simple and lightweight architecture, and more.

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 and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the DokuWiki on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 11 (Bullseye).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • 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 Debian 11 Bullseye

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing the LAMP stack.

A Debian 11 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, Please read our previous tutorial to install LAMP Server on Debian 11.

Step 3. Installing DokuWiki on Debian 11.

Now we download the latest version of DokuWiki from the official page using wget command:


Next, extract the downloaded file using the below command:

mkdir /var/www/html/dokuwiki
tar -xvzf dokuwiki-stable.tgz -C /var/www/html/dokuwiki/ --strip-components=1

Then, copy some necessary files using the following command:

cp /var/www/html/dokuwiki/.htaccess{.dist,}

We will need to change some folder permissions:

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

Step 4. Configure Apache Virtual Host for DokuWiki.

Now we create an Apache virtual host configuration file to host DokuWiki:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/dokuwiki.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
        DocumentRoot  /var/www/html/dokuwiki

        <Directory ~ "/var/www/html/dokuwiki/(bin/|conf/|data/|inc/)">
            <IfModule mod_authz_core.c>
                AllowOverride All
                Require all denied
            <IfModule !mod_authz_core.c>
                Order allow,deny
                Deny from all

        ErrorLog   /var/log/apache2/dokuwiki_error.log
        CustomLog  /var/log/apache2/dokuwiki_access.log combined

Save and close, then restart the Apache webserver so that the changes take place:

sudo a2ensite dokuwiki.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl reload apache2

Step 5. Configure DokuWiki with Let’s Encrypt SSL.

First, install Certbot to your Debian system using the following command below:

sudo apt install certbot python3-certbot-apache

Once the Certbot client has been installed successfully, run the following command below to install the Let’s Encrypt SSL:

certbot --apache -d

You will then be prompted to enter an email address for the certificate. After you have entered that you must agree to the T&C’s and decide if you want to share your email address with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


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Congratulations! You have successfully enabled

You should test your configuration at:
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 - Congratulations! Your certificate and chain have been saved at:
   Your key file has been saved at:
   Your cert will expire on 2021-01-25. To obtain a new or tweaked
   version of this certificate in the future, simply run certbot again
   with the "certonly" option. To non-interactively renew *all* of
   your certificates, run "certbot renew"
 - If you like Certbot, please consider supporting our work by:

   Donating to ISRG / Let's Encrypt:
   Donating to EFF:          

Next, we set up a cron job to auto-renew the SSL certificate:

certbot renew --dry-run

You can set up a cron job to auto-renew SSL certificate every day at 12:00 AM by editing the following file:

crontab -e

Add the following line:

00 12 * * *   root /usr/bin/certbot renew >/dev/null 2>&1

Step 6. Accessing DokuWiki Web Interface.

Once successfully installed, open your web browser and type the URL You should see the DokuWiki installation screen:

Install DokuWiki on Debian 11 Bullseye

Congratulations! You have successfully installed DokuWiki. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of DokuWiki on the Debian 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, 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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