An open source wiki engine which is available under the GNU General Public License.

It's used in Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikibooks...) and many other wikis.


This documentation covers the "new" MediaWiki package of 1.27+. Documentation for the "old" package which was unmaintained, had security issues, etc. can be found in the page history. Additionally, the old mediawiki-extensions* packages are no longer supported.

The new package is available in jessie-backports and will be included in stretch. Ubuntu Xenial and Trusty users can use a PPA by the same maintainer.

There are some more details at


* pkg-mediawiki-devel list at Debian

*mediawiki-distributors list

Specified versions will be maintained as long-term supported (LTS), with support from MediaWiki developers and the distro packagers.

Debian changes to MediaWiki

We change a few things about MediaWiki to fit in with what Debian expects. Files can be found in the following places:


# apt install mediawiki

If you use Apache, MediaWiki will automatically be configured to serve it at http://localhost/mediawiki/. You can then visit that in your webbrowser, and go through MediaWiki's web installer.

If you use a different webserver, you'll need to manually configure it to use PHP to serve /var/lib/mediawiki.

The web installer will prompt you to download a ?LocalSettings.php file. You should save it to /etc/mediawiki/LocalSettings.php.


This page is under the GNU GPL2 license; parts of it were relicensed from a text released under incompatible GFDL 1.2 and CC-BY-SA 3.0 licenses by its authors (mainly David Gerard).

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