Install DokuWiki in Rocky Linux

Thus article has been created to show you how to successfully install DokuWiki in Rocky Linux. DokuWiki is a free wiki software that is used for documentation. It’s lightweight and fast because it does not use a database. DokuWiki is just one of the wiki software but its popularity comes from great speeds, ease of use and simple installation.

Features of DokuWiki

  • High usability
  • Access Control and Anti-Spam Measures
  • Over 50 language support
  • Fast with full text search and page caching
  • Extensible with multiple layout templates, plugins and community support
  • Easy syndication and backend integration

Make sure you meet the prerequisites below the proceed with the guide to install DokuWiki on Rocky Linux.

Install PHP

  • Update system packages
sudo dnf update && sudo dnf upgrade -y
  • The minimum supported PHP version 5.6 but we will use PHP 7.4 because PHP 8 is not full supported. Install PHP 7.4 and required extensions.
  • Check the available version. If it is PHP 7.4, proceed to install, otherwise set the repository to point to the version we need.
sudo dnf module list php
  • Reset the current PHP stream
sudo dnf module reset php
  • Enable PHP 7.4
sudo dnf module enable php:7.4
  • Install PHP 7.4 and required modules
sudo dnf install php php-gd php-xml php-json

Install Apache Web Server

  • Apache2 was installed when you installed PHP. Just confirm if it is installed.
dnf info httpd
 Last metadata expiration check: 0:14:09 ago on Thu 09 Jun 2022 04:17:10 PM EAT.
Installed Packages
Name         : httpd
Version      : 2.4.37
Release      : 43.module+el8.5.0+747+83fae388.3
Architecture : x86_64
Size         : 4.3 M
Source       : httpd-2.4.37-43.module+el8.5.0+747+83fae388.3.src.rpm
Repository   : @System
From repo    : appstream
Summary      : Apache HTTP Server
URL          :
License      : ASL 2.0
Description  : The Apache HTTP Server is a powerful, efficient, and extensible
             : web server.
  • If it’s not installed, install it:
sudo dnf install httpd
  • Start and enable apache2 server
sudo systemctl enable --now httpd

Allow Apache through Firewall

To allow external access to DokuWiki server using HTTP traffic, allow connection through port 80

firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=80/tcp
firewall-cmd --reload

Install DokuWiki on Rocky Linux

  • Create a directory to store DokuWiki web root files
sudo mkdir -p /var/www/html/dokuwiki
  • Unpack the files to the folder you have just created above
sudo tar xzf dokuwiki-stable.tgz -C /var/www/html/dokuwiki/ --strip-components=1
  • Allow DokuWiki to override htaccess file for security purpose
sudo cp /var/www/html/dokuwiki/.htaccess{.dist,}
  • Grant DokuWiki ownership permission to the DokuWiki files
sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/dokuwiki

Secure DokuWiki with Let’s Encrypt SSL- optional

  • For enhanced security, it’s recommended to secure your wiki site using Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate. You can achieve this by installing Certbot client.
sudo dnf install certbot python3-certbot-apache -y
  • Then run the following command to install the Let’s Encrypt SSL for your site, for instance localhost
sudo certbot --apache -d localhost

Create Apache VirtualHost for DokuWiki

  • Create a new file in /etc/httpd/conf.d directory.
sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/dokuwiki.conf
  • Copy and paste the content below and replace localhost with the your server name
<VirtualHost *>
	ServerName    localhost
	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/httpd/dokuwiki_error.log
	CustomLog  /var/log/httpd/dokuwiki_access.log combined

Configure SELinux Policies for DokuWiki – optional

If you have SELinux running, configure it to allow accesses for DokuWiki.

sudo semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t "/var/www/html/dokuwiki/conf(/.*)?"
sudo restorecon -Rv /var/www/html/dokuwiki/conf
sudo restorecon -Rv /var/www/html/dokuwiki/data
sudo setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect on
sudo setsebool -P httpd_can_sendmail on
sudo semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t "/var/www/html/dokuwiki/lib/plugins(/.*)?"
sudo restorecon -Rv /var/www/html/dokuwiki/lib/plugins
sudo semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t "/var/www/html/dokuwiki/lib/tpl(/.*)?"
sudo restorecon -Rv /var/www/html/dokuwiki/lib/tpl

Restart apache2 server

Restart apache2 to apply the changes:

sudo systemctl restart httpd

Finish DokuWiki installation

Once you open your browser, type in the URL http://your-server-name/install.php i.e. http://localhost/install.php

Type in the details to access DokuWiki and choose the ACL policy as per your preference.

On the next page, click on your new DokuWiki.

From the welcome screen, click on log in to access the admin interface.

A Login page will be displayed. Enter the username and password you created.

The default dashboard will load and you can click admin to open the admin page below.


Congrats! You have just finished to install DokuWiki in Rocky Linux. Find more on installing DokuWiki in CentOS

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