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14 of the Best Free Linux Wiki Engines

14 of the Best Free Linux Wiki Engines

A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. A Wiki engine is a type of collaborative software that runs a wiki system. This facilitates web pages being created and edited using a web browser. This type of software is usually implemented as an application server that runs on one or more web servers.

The content is stored in a file system, and changes to the content are typically stored in a relational database management system (such as MySQL), although some simple wiki engines use text files instead.

Wikis try to make it as simple as possible to write and share useful content, using intuitive page naming and text formatting conventions. Wikis are usually (but not always) wide open and assume a cooperating community. However, with spam bots prevalent, most wiki engines have lots of anti-spam measures such as page permissions, Access Control Lists, host blocking, blacklists, and CAPTCHAs in place.

TikiWiki is a very powerful content management system, which just missed out on being included in our 21 of the Best Free Web Content Management Systems. However, it merits a mention in this feature, as it is a very popular wiki engine.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 14 high quality free Linux wiki engines. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who wishes to share information with others.

Now, let's explore the 14 wiki engines at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Wiki Software
MediaWiki Collaborative editing software that runs Wikipedia
DokuWiki Targeted at developer teams, workgroups and small companies
MoinMoin Advanced, easy to use and extensible wiki engine implemented in Python
PmWiki Offers a simple-to-install system
PhpWiki Wiki engine written in PHP
Zwiki Powerful, innovative engine based on the Zope web application server
XWiki Enterprise wiki written in Java
MindTouch Deki Web-based enterprise collaboration, wiki software and mashup platform
Foswiki Supports the embedding of active and passive macros
JSPWiki Built around the standard J2EE components of Java, servlets and JSP
WackoWiki Small, lightweight, handy, expandable, multilingual written in PHP
Triki-Wiki Simple, robust, flat-file XHTML-Wiki in PHP
WikkaWiki Flexible, lightweight, standards-compliant wiki engine
TWiki Easy to use enterprise wiki and collaboration platform

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