DokuWiki is a free and open-source Wiki software tool written in PHP language. It does not require any database to store its content. It is highly versatile and has a clean and readable syntax. It allows users to create, edit and delete web pages via a web-based dashboard. DokuWiki has built-in authentication extensions that allow users to store user IDs and passwords using various methods.

In this post, we will show you how to install DokuWiki on Arch Linux.

Step 1 – Configure Repository

By default, the default repository is outdated in Arch Linux, so you will need to modify the default mirror list. You can do it by editing the mirror list configuration file:

nano  /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

Remove all lines and add the following lines:

## Score: 0.7, United States
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 0.8, United States
Server =$repo/os/$arch
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 0.9, United Kingdom
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 1.5, United Kingdom
Server =$repo/os/$arch
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 6.6, United States
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 6.7, United States
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 6.8, United States
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 7.1, India
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 10.1, United States
Server =$repo/os/$arch

Save and close the file, then update all the package indexes with the following command:

pacman -Syu

Step 2 – Install Nginx

First, you will need to install the Nginx web server on your system. You can install it with the following command.

pacman -S nginx-mainline

Next, start and enable the Nginx service with the following command.

systemctl start nginx
systemctl enable nginx

Step 3 – Install and Configure PHP

First, install the PHP and other PHP extensions using the following command.

pacman -S php php-fpm php-gd

After successful installation, edit the PHP configuration file.

nano /etc/php/php.ini

Add/modify the following lines:


Save and close the file, then start the PHP-FPM service and enable it to start at system reboot.

systemctl start php-fpm
systemctl enable php-fpm

Step 4 – Install DokuWiki

First, download the latest version of DokuWiki from their official download page.


Once the download is completed, create a directory for DokuWiki and extract the downloaded file.

mkdir -p  /var/www/html/dokuwiki
tar xzf dokuwiki-stable.tgz -C /var/www/html/dokuwiki/ --strip-components=1

Next, change the ownership of the DokuWiki directory.

chown -R http:http /var/www/html/dokuwiki/

Step 5 – Configure Nginx for DokuWiki

First, create a directory to store Nginx virtual host.

mkdir /etc/nginx/sites-enabled

Next, create an Nginx configuration file for DokuWiki.

nano /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/dokuwiki.conf

Add the following configurations.

server {
  root /var/www/html/dokuwiki;

  location / {
    index doku.php;
    try_files $uri $uri/ @dokuwiki;

  location ~ ^/lib.*\.(gif|png|ico|jpg)$ {
    expires 30d;

  location ^~ /conf/ { return 403; }
  location ^~ /data/ { return 403; }

  location @dokuwiki {
    rewrite ^/_media/(.*) /lib/exe/fetch.php?media=$1 last;
    rewrite ^/_detail/(.*) /lib/exe/detail.php?media=$1 last;
    rewrite ^/_export/([^/]+)/(.*) /doku.php?do=export_$1&id=$2 last;
    rewrite ^/(.*) /doku.php?id=$1 last;

  location ~ \.php$ {
    fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
    fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php-fpm/php-fpm.sock;
    fastcgi_index index.php;
    include fastcgi_params;
    fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
    fastcgi_intercept_errors off;
    fastcgi_buffer_size 16k;
    fastcgi_buffers 4 16k;

Save the file, then edit the Nginx main configuration file.

nano /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

Add the following lines after http{:

server_names_hash_bucket_size 64;
include sites-enabled/*;

Save the file, then verify the Nginx configuration.

nginx -t

You will get the following output.

nginx: the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful

Finally, restart the Nginx service to apply the changes.

systemctl restart nginx

Step 6 – Access DokuWiki

Now, open your web browser and access the DokuWiki using the URL You should see the following screen.
Dokuwiki installation page
Provide all necessary information and click on the Save button to save the information. You should see the DokuWiki dashboard on the following screen.
Dokuwiki dashboard
You will also need to remove the install.php file from your server.

rm -f /var/www/html/dokuwiki/install.php


Congratulations! You have successfully installed DokuWiki with Nginx on Arch Linux. You can now deploy your own Wiki website using DokuWiki. You can now install DokuWiki on dedicated server hosting from Atlantic.Net!