This page explains how to download and install PmWiki 2.1. Here's a list of related pages:
- Requirements - Requirements for installing PmWiki.
- Upgrades - How to upgrade an existing installation.
- WikiFarms - Running multiple wikis from a single installation.
- ChangeLog - New features and bug fixes that are available.
Unpack the archive (
tar zxvf pmwiki-latest.tgz or
unzip pmwiki-latest.zip). This will create a pmwiki-x.y.z directory containing the PmWiki software. For example, the current "latest" should unpack to a directory named pmwiki-2.1.27. The files in this directory include:
README.txt An introductory document
pmwiki.php The main PmWiki script
local/ Configuration scripts (local configuration files)
cookbook/ Recipes (add-ons) from the Cookbook
docs/ Brief documentation, sample configuration scripts
pub/ Publicly accessible files
css/ Extra CSS stylesheet files
skins/ Layout templates for custom look and feel
scripts/ Scripts that are part of PmWiki
wikilib.d/ Bundled default PmWiki pages
The pmwiki-x.y.z directory needs to be placed into a location accessible by your webserver (e.g., in a public_html directory of some sort). You can place files and directories using a number of methods -- FTP, or a Unix
cp command generally does the job.
In most cases PmWiki will do this for you.
Open a web browser to the pmwiki.php script on the server (i.e., not the one on your local computer or accessed using a file://... URL). PmWiki will then analyze your system configuration and provide instructions (if needed) for creating the wiki.d/ directory which will be used to hold the pages created for your site.
Otherwise, there are two ways to achieve this.
chmod 777 wiki.d"). Use this method when "safe mode" is activated in the servers PHP installation.
chmod 2777 .
chmodcommand also works in many FTP programs. Creating wiki.d/ in this manner will (1) make the directory writable so the web server can create the data directory it needs for the wiki files, (2) preserve group ownership of the directory so the installer account can manipulate the files created in this directory, and (3) make it more difficult for other accounts on the same server to access the files in wiki.d/.
After establishing directory permissions, try opening a browser to the pmwiki.php script again. If all is well, the wiki.d directory will have been created and you'll see the default home page.
Important: If you used method 3b, you should reset permissions by executing "
chmod 755 ." in the directory containing pmwiki.php.
5. Set language
If you want to use PmWiki in a different language download the international language pack as zip archive (i18n.zip) or as gzipped tarball (i18n.tgz) from http://www.pmwiki.org/pub/pmwiki/. Then extract it and copy the files into the wikilib.d/ directory as described above.
There are two directories in the decompressed i18n archive, scripts and wikilib.d. Copy the files respectively contained in these directories to the scripts and wikilib.d of your PmWiki directory. For example, for French localization, PmWikiFr.* and PmWiki.* must be contained in the same directory.
Then, enable localization by adding an instruction to local/config.php to load the language translation page of your choice. For instance,
XLPage('fr','PmWikiFr.XLPage'); loads the French language page PmWikiFr.XLPage.
Read more about this on Internationalizations.
- The PmWiki distribution deliberately doesn't include an index.php file. Resist the temptation to rename pmwiki.php to index.php because if you rename the file it will not be overwritten during an upgrade. Instead, add an index.php "wrapper script" with the following single line (missing a closing "
?>" tag deliberately):
- If using the Unix tar command to unpack the archive in step 2 above, be sure that the files are created with sufficient permissions for the webserver to be able to access them. Usually you can ensure this by typing
umask 002on the command line before unpacking the tar file.
- When installing on Windows you should take a look at Cookbook:SimultaneousEdits to enable simultaneous edits on that platform.
- Additional tips can be found at Troubleshooting.
How do I make pmwiki.php the default page for a website? Should I rename pmwiki.php to index.php?
Renaming pmwiki.php is not recommended. Instead, create an index.php file that contains the single line:
You may also want to check Cookbook:CleanUrls.
Why does pmwiki.org appear to have a directory structure rather than "?n=pagename" in urls?
Pmwiki.org uses a variant of Cookbook:CleanUrls.
Is it possible to move wiki.d to /tmp/persistent/wiki.d (a new sourceforge rule)?
Sourceforge suggests moving everything to /tmp/persistent/new-folder-of-your-choice and creating a symbolic link to the new folder on /tmp . It works -- see Cookbook:SourceForgeServers.
How can I run PmWiki on a standalone (offline, portable) machine ?