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Note: If you are using xampp, there are different steps you need to take after installing. More info here


Install php-apache, php-intl, imagemagick, mysql and mediawiki, all available from the official repositories.

Instead of imagemagick you can install php-gd. Also instead of mysql you can install sqlite3 or postgresql.

Create /etc/webapps/mediawiki/httpd-mediawiki.conf from the provided example.

Add following lines to /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

LoadModule php5_module modules/
Include conf/extra/php5_module.conf
Include /etc/webapps/mediawiki/httpd-mediawiki.conf

Adjust permissions in /usr/share/webapps/mediawiki/.htaccess

Restart apache with

sudo /etc/rc.d/httpd restart


To get MediaWiki working with Nginx, create the following file at /etc/nginx/conf/mediawiki.conf:

location / {
  index index.php;
  try_files $uri @mediawiki;
location @mediawiki {
  rewrite ^/([^?]*)(?:\?(.*))? /index.php?title=$1$2 last;
location ~ \.php?$ {
  include fastcgi.conf;
  fastcgi_pass php;
location ~* \.(js|css|png|jpg|jpeg|gif|ico)$ {
  try_files $uri /index.php;
  expires max;
  log_not_found off;
location ^~ /maintenance/ {
  return 403;
location ^~ /cache/ {
  deny all;

And include a server directive, similar to this, in your /etc/nginx/conf/nginx.conf file:

 server {
   listen 80;
   server_name mediawiki;
   root /usr/share/webapps/mediawiki;
   index index.php;
   include mediawiki.conf;


Mathematics (texvc)

Usually installing texvc package and enabling it in config are enough:

 $wgUseTeX = true;

If you get problems, try to increase limits for shell commands:

 $wgMaxShellMemory = 8000000;
 $wgMaxShellFileSize = 1000000;
 $wgMaxShellTime = 300;


Check that php, apache and mysql uses UTF-8. Otherwise you may face strange bugs because of encoding mismatch.