Wiki Engines

15 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.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 15 high quality free Linux wiki engines. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who wishes to share information with others.

Here’s our recommendations.


Now, let’s explore the 15 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.

Wiki Engines
MediaWikiCollaborative editing software that runs Wikipedia
DokuWikiTargeted at developer teams, workgroups and small companies
TiddlyWikiPersonal wiki and non-linear notebook
XWikiEnterprise wiki written in Java
MoinMoinAdvanced, easy to use and extensible wiki engine implemented in Python
Tiki Wiki Wiki-based content management system
Wiki.jsWiki engine running on Node.js and written in JavaScript
BookStackPlatform to create documentation/wiki content
PmWikiOffers a simple-to-install system
JSPWikiBuilt around the standard J2EE components of Java, servlets and JSP
FoswikiSupports the embedding of active and passive macros
PhpWikiWiki engine written in PHP
WackoWikiSmall, lightweight, handy, expandable, multilingual written in PHP
WikkaWikiFlexible, lightweight, standards-compliant wiki engine
TWikiEasy to use enterprise wiki and collaboration platform
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