How To Install Dokuwiki on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Dokuwiki on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Dokuwiki on your Ubuntu 16.04. 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 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 the step-by-step installation of Dokuwiki on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.

Install Dokuwiki on Ubuntu 16.04

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP) server.

A Ubuntu 16.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install all required PHP modules:

sudo apt-get install php7.0-curl php7.0-json php7.0-cgi php7.0 libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0-xml php7.0-mcrypt php7.0-gd

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

Unpack the Dokuwiki archive to the document root directory on your server:

tar xvf dokuwiki-stable.tgz
mv dokuwiki-*/ /var/www/dokuwiki

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown www-data:www-data -R /var/www/dokuwiki
chmod -R 707 /var/www/dokuwiki

Step 4. Configuring Apache web server for DokuWiki.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘dokuwiki.conf’ on your virtual server:

sudo a2enmod rewrite
touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/dokuwiki.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/dokuwiki.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/dokuwiki.conf
nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/dokuwiki.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/dokuwiki/
ServerName your-domain.com
ServerAlias www.your-domain.com
<Directory /var/www/dokuwiki/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
</Directory>
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-error_log
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log common
</VirtualHost>

Now, we can restart the Apache webserver so that the changes take place:

systemctl restart apache2.service

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://server-ip-address/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 Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Dokuwiki website.

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