What is DokuWiki?

DokuWiki is a simple to use and highly versatile Open Source wiki software that doesn't require a database. It is loved by users for its clean and readable syntax. The ease of maintenance, backup and integration makes it an administrator's favorite. Built in access controls and authentication connectors make DokuWiki especially useful in the enterprise context and the large number of plugins contributed by its vibrant community allow for a broad range of use cases beyond a traditional wiki.

Use Cases

Wikis are quick to update and new pages are easily added. Designed for collaboration while maintaining a history of every change, DokuWiki could be used as

  • Corporate Knowledge Base
  • Private notebook
  • Software manual
  • Project workspace
  • CMS – intranet


Dokuwiki logo

The DokuWiki-logo that is displayed above, shows the wiki concept in a nutshell. Two pencils of different color respresent different users being able to edit the same page. Different arrows show the ease of interlinking separate pages in order to create a set of related subjects.

DokuWiki saw the light of day in July 2004. I started using it in 2009 after deciding that I needed to document stuff in a clever way and be able to find it easily later on. Like so many people and organizations, I used file-based documents like Microsoft© Word, Excel or their open-source counterparts and neatly tried to make a new copy for every new version. When searching for a piece of information, I found it quite frustrating having to open certain documents with its assigned application to see whether that piece was there or not. DokuWiki changed that for a lot of information that I decided to keep in an on-line wiki. Over 10 years later, I'm still using the tool for several innovative projects.

The tool has a stable and active developer community which releases a new stable (recommended) version nearly every year. The last version “Hogfather”, however, was released on 29 July 2020 over 2 years after the former one, because lots of internal refactoring was done to make the code base more modern and robust. Since a lot of features are added by plugins, the popular ones are checked and updated when needed, shortly after each new release.

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