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Developer(s) Andreas Gohr
Initial release July 4, 2004 (2004-07-04)[1]
Stable release

2023-04-04a  (April 4, 2023; 10 months ago (2023-04-04))

Preview release none [±]
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Content management system
Wiki software
License(s) GNU General Public License v2

DokuWiki is a free open-source wiki application designed to meet small companies' documentation needs. DokuWiki stores all pages on plain text files and thus needs no database.[2] Its syntax is similar to the one used by MediaWiki.

Product history

DokuWiki was started by Andreas Gohr in June 2004.[3] On July 4 the first official release was published on Freshmeat (now known as Freecode).[4]

A big step in the development was the re-design of the parser and the renderer for the May 7, 2005 release.[5] The new design was a big performance improvement and made DokuWiki usable for bigger documentation projects. It also prepared DokuWiki for an introduction of a generic plug-in interface which simplified the development and maintenance of add-ons. The awareness level of DokuWiki increased with the introduction of DokuWiki in the Linux distributions Debian in April 2005[6] and Gentoo Linux in July 2005.[7]

Releases were limited in 2010 and 2011, with only one each year; however, both were considered to be major releases with several new features, including jQuery support.[8]


A full list of features of DokuWiki, with explanations for some of the features, can be found on the DokuWiki page.

Hardware/software requirements

DokuWiki requires the following:

  • a web server to send the generated pages to your web browser
  • PHP 5.3.3 or later to run the software
  • a modern Web browser

More about installation requirements can be found here.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Screenshots for DokuWiki can be found on OStatic.

Video tutorials for DokuWiki can found on the DokuWiki page.

Play with DokuWiki syntax here.

Entities using DokuWiki

Examples of entities using DokuWiki include:

Atlas Initiative Group, FluxBB, Nettalk, SoSci Survey, The Human Condition, WikiAves, Xinto Brasil, Xj3 Engineering

A full directory of DokuWiki users can be found on the DokuWiki page.

Further reading

External links