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MediaWiki is a popular free web-based wiki software application developed by and used on all projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, as well as on many other wiki websites worldwide. It is written in the PHP programming language with a backend database.


Install lighttpd, PHP, and postgresql

Install the additional packages:

apk add lighttpd php-common php-iconv php-json php-gd php-curl php-xml php-pgsql php-imap php-cgi fcgi

apk add php-pdo php-pdo_pgsql php-soap php-xmlrpc php-posix php-mcrypt php-gettext php-ldap php-ctype php-dom

Configure Lighttpd

vi /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf

Uncomment line:

include "mod_fastcgi.conf"

Start lighttpd service and add to needed runlevel

rc-service lighttpd start && rc-update add lighttpd default

Install extra packages

apk add postgresql postgresql-client

Installing and configuring MediaWiki

Create a folder named webapps

mkdir -p /usr/share/webapps/


cd /usr/share/webapps/ wget

Unpack the archive and delete the tarball afterwards

tar zxvf mediawiki-1.20.2.tar.gz rm mediawiki-1.20.2.tar.gz

Change the folder permissions

chown -R lighttpd /usr/share/webapps/

Crate a symlink to the wordpress folder

ln -s /usr/share/webapps/mediawiki/ /var/www/localhost/htdocs/mediawiki


/etc/init.d/postgresql setup /etc/init.d/postgresql start && rc-update add postgresql default /etc/init.d/lighttpd start && rc-update add lighttpd default

Config your wiki



  • Site config

You need to set:

 Wiki name:
 Contact e-mail:
 Admin username:
 Password confirm:
 Object caching:
 Memcached servers:
 E-mail features (global):
 User-to-user e-mail:
 E-mail notification about changes:
 E-mail address authentication:
 Database type:
 Database host:
 Database name:
 DB username:
 DB password:
 DB password confirm:
 Superuser account:  
 Superuser name:
 Superuser password:
 Database port:
 Schema for mediawiki:
 Schema for tsearch2:

When you finish, press "Install MediaWiki" button, and thats all. :) You have MediaWiki working, to access go to http://WEBSERVER_IP_ADDRESS/mediawiki and enjoy!