Dokuwiki Startup Guide

  1. install dokuwiki web app
  2. initial setup
    1. disable register: login wiki with your Admin > Configuration Manager: find “Register”, check the box for “Disable Dokuwiki actions”
    2. delete all default page: in sitemap, go each default page and empty the page content to delete
    3. set wiki site wide permission: admin page > Access Control List Management
      * @ALL Read (change from default upload to Read to prevent spam)
      * @user Create (allow other reg user to create page)
      * userA Delete (allow some power user to delete page)
      categoryNameSpace:* @ALL None (to limit public access on some sub folder content)
      categoryNameSpace:* @user Upload (free reg user to access sub folder content)

hide sitemap index from non-login user

  • check on Configuration Manager > sneaky_index

start page customize

  • admin panel > Configuration manager: Basic panel, starting point: change from “start” to “Welcome” as example, then create the page
  • (outdated way) /wiki/conf/dokuwiki.php
    $conf['start'] = 'Welcome';           //name of start page

change wiki page width

  • method 0 - Toggle Page Width with Javascript, CSS and Side Tool customize on “/lib/tpl/dokuwiki/main.php”
    1. step 1: edit main.php head part to add css and javascript function (jquery no need)
          max-width: 100% !important;
      // standard javascript here
      function toggleFullPage() {
        var myPageClasses = document.getElementById("dokuwiki__site").classList;
        if (myPageClasses.contains("fullpageOn")) {
        } else {
    2. step 2: edit main.php page action part
      <!-- under PAGE ACTIONS -->
      <!-- just above the last </ul> tag -->
      <li><a href="#" onclick="toggleFullPage()" class="action" accesskey="w" rel="nofollow" title="Full Page Width [w]"><span>Full Page Width</span></a></li>
  • method 1 with css:
    /* find css file in default template folder with class dokuwiki__site
    #dokuwiki__site {
        max-width: 100% !important;
  • method 2 with style.ini in default template folder (ref)
    __site_width__      = "100%"            ; @ini_site_width
    __site_width__      = "75em"            ; @ini_site_width

change “doku.php” in URL (you need repeat steps if you update dokuwiki)

  1. (updated 2021)
  2. copy the file “wiki/doku.php” into “wiki/newName.php” (such as “page.php”; but can not be “index.php”, as it is reserved for default)
  3. edit wiki/index.php, replace all “doku.php” with “newName.php”
  4. create wiki/inc/preload.php
    if(!defined('DOKU_SCRIPT')) define('DOKU_SCRIPT','newName.php');
  5. for link in some page that still link to doku.php, you may need to edit that page and update the page cache

change wiki URL format

change 2013 or later DokuWiki homepage logo (further if you want to change the favicon)

  • method 1: use media manager, under wiki namespace, upload new logo to replace old one (:wiki:logo.png). (ref)
  • method 2: go dokuwiki\lib\tpl\dokuwiki\images, swap out the image with your same correct size one
    • apple-touch-icon.png
    • favicon.ico
    • logo.png

DokuWiki Favicon

  • generate favicon from logo:
  • loading priority sequence
    1. $DokuWiki/data/media/favicon.ico
    2. $DokuWiki/lib/tpl/dokuwiki/images/favicon.ico
    3. $DokuWiki root/favicon.ico
    4. web root/favicon.ico

change 2013 or later DokuWiki theme, top “Media Manager” link for non-user (repeat after each update)

  • need to edit lib/tpl/dokuwiki/tpl_header.php file
  • then in the display “Media Manager” link part, add a user login condition check
    tpl_action('recent', 1, 'li');
    tpl_action('media', 1, 'li'); 
    tpl_action('index', 1, 'li'); 
    // note: $INFO['client'] will give ip or username
    // ref: $INFO variable in dokuwiki:
  • for new wiki check this
    # change
    tpl_toolsevent('sitetools', array(
        tpl_action('recent', true, 'li', true),
        tpl_action('media', true, 'li', true),
        tpl_action('index', true, 'li', true)
    # into 
        tpl_toolsevent('sitetools', array(
            tpl_action('recent', true, 'li', true),
            tpl_action('media', true, 'li', true),
            tpl_action('index', true, 'li', true)
        tpl_toolsevent('sitetools', array(
           tpl_action('recent', true, 'li', true)
  1. go Admin > Extension Manager: Search and Install tab, search the theme you want to install.
  2. then, go to admin > Configuration Manager, Basic: Template to choose the installed template

Dokuwiki operation life-cycle maintain guide

  1. download dokuwiki at:
  2. extract the file structure to your Website Wiki folder
  3. start your web server, and browser to the “install.php” in wiki folder; (for me, no permission problem by guide)
  4. Then, create users,
    1. login wiki with your Admin account, click “Admin” button at the right bottom corner;
    2. then, click “User Manager”, create other user for writing and admining in Group of “user” or “admin”
  5. Then, authorize user rights
    1. click “admin” button at the bottom after login as admin
    2. click “Access Control List Management” to define page or namespace (directory) level control
  6. Create page
    1. create page by a internal link: [[techwiki:macfix|Mac Fix tech page]]
    2. create page by entering a new URL: http://mysite/wiki/doku.php?id=techwiki:macfix
  7. delete page
    1. delete page by empty the content of that page
  8. insert media like image and video
    1. use the toolbar in page editing panel
  • clean up trash in dokuwiki
    cleanup() {
    # $1 ... full path to data directory of wiki
    # $2 ... number of days after which old files are to be removed
    # purge files older than $2 days from the attic (old revisions)
    find "$1"/attic/ -type f -mtime +$2 -print0 | xargs -0r rm -f
    # remove stale lock files (files which are 1-2 days old)
    find "$1"/locks/ -name '*.lock' -type f -mtime +1 -print0 | xargs -0r rm -f
    # remove empty directories
    find "$1"/{attic,cache,index,locks,media,meta,pages,tmp}/ \
    -mindepth 1 -type d -empty -print0 | xargs -0r rmdir
    # remove files older than $2 days from the cache
    find "$1"/cache/?/ -type f -mtime +$2 -print0 | xargs -0r rm -f
    # cleanup DokuWiki installations (path to datadir, number of days)
    # some examples:
    cleanup /home/user1/htdocs/doku/data    256
    cleanup /home/user2/htdocs/mywiki/data  180
    cleanup /var/www/superwiki/data         180
  • for normal personal or author-free article type wiki, then you just need to backup these 2 folder
    1. /wiki/data/media - this is for images used in wiki
    2. /wiki/data/pages - this is for all the pages
  • for large user base free type wiki, then you may like to backup
    1. /wiki/data/media
    2. /wiki/data/pages
    3. /wiki/data/meta - version and activity tracking;
    • (wiki can re-generate new version tracks if you don't want to keep old ones)
    1. /wiki/data/attic - old things of each edit;
    • (suggest to delete it, or don't backup it if you never undo old changes)
  • for community based tracking type wiki
    • in addition, backup the users and group configuration file and rights configuration
    1. /wiki/conf - wiki configuration and user database
  • not sure what to do
    1. /wiki - backup whole wiki to a zip file
    2. best to tar the wiki folder with permission info as well
      # back inside wiki folder
      cd /path/to/folder/to/copy
      tar cvpzf put_your_name_here.tar.gz .
      # restore inside wiki folder
      cd /path/to/destination/folder
      tar xpvzf put_your_name_here.tar.gz
  • zip the wiki, download, update to new server, extract
  • for server with strict ModSecurity, you need server side whitelist setup to get embeded code part working, and avoid 406 error (ref:
  • run fix date php script to fix external edit and date issue (ref:
    • Run it from within DokuWiki installation directory.
       * Fix modification times based on timestamps. Run from within DokuWiki installation directory.
       * @Author: dreamlusion <>
        * last modified: 2008-09-05 4:15:00
      function WalkDirectory($parentDirectory) {
      	global $_weeds;
      	foreach(array_diff(scandir($parentDirectory), $_weeds) as $directory)
      		$path = $parentDirectory . '/'. $directory;
      			// Calculate changes file path.
      			$path_parts = pathinfo($path);
      			// Remove pages path.
      			global $_pagesPath;
      			$relativePath = substr($path_parts['dirname'], strlen($_pagesPath), strlen($path_parts['dirname']));
      			// Add <filename>.changes
      			$filename = $path_parts['filename']; // Requires PHP 5.2.0 (
      			$relativePath .= '/' . $filename . '.' . 'changes';
      			global $_metaPath;
      			$changelog = $_metaPath . '/' . $relativePath;
      			if (is_file($changelog))
      				$handle = @fopen($changelog, "r");
      				if ($handle) {
      				    while (!feof($handle)) {
      				        $buffer = fgets($handle);
      				        preg_match('/(?<timestamp>\d+)/', $buffer, $matches);
      						if ($matches['timestamp'] != '')
      							$timestamp = $matches['timestamp'];
      				// At this point we have our timestamp.
      				echo 'Updating ' . $path . '<br />';
      				echo '&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Timestamp in changelog: ' . $timestamp . '<br />';
      				echo '&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Old modification time: ' . filemtime($path) . '<br />';
      				if (touch($path, $timestamp))
      					// In my host, although the timestamp had changed successfully (checked manually), running filemtime($path) at this point 
      					// did not return the correct timestamp, so use I use $timestamp instead of filemtime($path) to avoid confusing the user.
      					echo '&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;New modification time: ' . $timestamp . '<br />';
      					echo '&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Could not change modification time for page ' . $filename;
      				echo 'Changelog not found: ' . $changelog . '<br />';
      $_weeds = array('.', '..');
      $_pagesPath = getcwd() . '/data/pages';
      $_metaPath = getcwd() . '/data/meta';
  • the easiest way to update DokuWiki to latest version is to use “Upgrade” plugin
    1. go to Admin page > plugin manager
    2. check the “Upgrade” plugin from this page, and right click on download to copy the download link url:
    3. paste the url on plugin manager's url text field, and click Download
    4. once finished, in Admin page, there will be a upgrade plugin link, and click it to go through the auto-download-dokuwiki-upgrade system
  • these 2 image shows how to install plugin using plugin manager in admin panel

Google Side

  1. go:
  2. login google
  3. create track account
    • choose info sharing or not
    • choose web to monitor
    • enter site name and info
    • get the tracking id

dokuwiki side:

  1. dokuwiki admin page > extension: install
  2. dokuwiki admin page: google analytics plugin link
    • add its referred code into head section of: wiki/lib/tpl/your_current_doku_template_folder/main.php
    • note: some of template already have google analytics feature built-in, you may like to check config page to see
    • then, back to dokuwiki admin config page: plugin: google analytics, put tracking id there

Problem and Solution

  • Problem description:
    • when I use XAMPP to setup my local server, and put the dokuwiki in the htdocs folder, I can write wiki page, but upload image just saying “fail”
  • Problem analysis:
    • It can be caused by several things, maybe your folder permission is set wrong, but most likely a fresh copy of dokuwiki folder should have everything set default correctly;
    • It can be caused by your server upload setting, like allow upload in PHP setting, but default XAMPP should have everything setup correctly already
  • Solution:
    1. for my case, I just grab a fresh latest copy of XAMPP from, the 7z portable version, so I can extract the XAMPP out and put where I want exactly myself
    2. then I run the setup_xampp.bat from the XAMPP folder to tell it where the location it sits
    3. then I just run xampp_control.exe with admin to start the server and mysql properly
    4. put fresh latest copy of dokuwiki in the XAMPP htdocs folder, and browser it from browser, like your machine name and /, following the dokuwiki folder name.
    5. it should all be all right, test by upload a image using dokuwiki image icon
  • Problem description
  • Solution
    • when migrating, make sure wiki compressed with file permission info
      cd /path/to/folder/to/copy
      tar cvpzf put_your_name_here.tar.gz .
      cd /path/to/destination/folder
      tar xpvzf put_your_name_here.tar.gz
    • after migration, check and fix permission
      • if visit page error, then fix with chmod: fix file permission with chmod
        # check existing htdoc file the_same_user:the_same_group info
        ls -l
        # then for wiki folder, fix own and permission
        # ref:
        cd wiki/
        chmod -R 775 data/
        sudo chown -R the_same_user:the_same_group data/
        cd data/
        chmod 2775 {attic,cache,index,locks,media,meta,pages,tmp}
        chown the_same_user:the_same_group {attic,cache,index,locks,media,meta,pages,tmp}
      • if inside Admin page, the Extension Manager says “Extension directory is not writable”, and each plugin doesn't show (uninstall/re-install/update) buttons, it means the ./lib/plugins folder permission need to check owner/group
        // if you just need to change and match the group name, then this way
        // cd to the plugins's parent folder and do
        sudo chown -R :the_group_name_that_works ./plugins/*
        // if you need user name change as well
        sudo chown -R the_user_name_that_works:the_group_name_that_works ./plugins/*
        // and check now permission with
        ls -l
        // you can check all user name by
        cat /etc/passwd
    • check wiki security by visit a page txt file like ,
      • if accessible, then fix with apache htaccess in httpd.conf (its location vary based on what linux creator you use):
      • put data, conf, bin, inc folder in deny mode, example as for data
        <Directory /web_root_path/wiki/data>
            order allow,deny
            deny from allow
            satisfy all
        • also prevent file access
          <Files ~ "^([\._]ht|README$|VERSION$|COPYING$)">
              Require all denied
  • Problem: .\inc\init.php line 564 array error:
    • solution: “if($path{0} == '/'){” change to if($path[0] == '/'){
    • since new array will use [] instead {}
  • Problem: other plugin error like “A PCRE internal error occured. This might be caused by a faulty plugin.”
    • solution: backup page and media folder under data, and move to new fresh copy of dokuwiki. (like in backup guide)

Basic Syntax

no way but plugin

name then size

  • Use [[dir_name_space:pageName|Link_Text]] to create internal link;
  • Just type link as to create normal link;
  • Use [[|Google]] to create title link like Google
  • Use [[this>./subCustomFolder/myfile.mp4|Video]] to link a relative path from wiki root

"2 spaces followed by * or -" at line start will create unordered or ordered list;
“2 extra spaces” in front will indent it to sub-level.

There are 4 ways to create a line break, or a blank line.

  • type “2 Enter key” to create 1 blank line
  • type “\\” to create <br> like link break
  • type "%% content %%" to create line-keep-as-you-type block
  • type "<nowiki> content </nowiki>" to create line-keep-as-you-type block
  • four “-” and more makes a Separator line, like below

type "<code language> content </code>" to create code like block

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type "<file language fileName.txt> content </file>" to create downloadable code

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  • :sidebar for sidebar content

Dokuwiki user group setup and security control


  1. use dokuwiki admin page control
  2. use text config of dokuwiki: official guide

DokuWiki Theme and Customize

  • custom Bootstrap3
    1. admin > Configuration Setting, go bottom bootstrap3 part
    2. bootstrap them, choose theme
    3. select a theme : superhero
    4. check show theme switcher (next, check hide them in switch list, recommend hide all except lumen,slate,superhero,yeti,darkly)
    5. Navbar part:
      1. display tools in navbar: when logged in
      2. enable disable indivdual menu in navbar: check user
    6. Layout part:
      1. uncheck full width
      2. table style: check all except condensed
      3. uncheck display doku link on footer
    7. TOC part
      1. uncheck collapse for 2 option
    8. Page part:
      1. check AnchorJs
      2. and uncheck collapse 2nd section level on mobile
  • appwiki/dokuwiki.txt
  • Last modified: 2021/06/21 16:11
  • by ying