This page explains how to download and install Pm Wiki 2.1 and 2.2. Here's a list of related pages:
Improvements to these instructions are always appreciated. Just report any problems you encounter to the pmwiki-users mailing list or use the PmWiki Issue Tracking System.
Installing Pm Wiki
Download the latest version of Pm Wiki as a
Unpack the archive (
README.txt An introductory document pmwiki.php The main Pm Wiki script local/ Configuration scripts (local configuration files) cookbook/ Recipes (add-ons) from the Cookbook docs/ Brief documentation, sample configuration scripts pub/ Publicly accessible files pub/css/ Extra CSS stylesheet files  pub/guiedit/ pub/skins/ Layout templates for custom look and feel scripts/ Scripts that are part of Pm Wiki wikilib.d/ Bundled default Pm Wiki pages
The pmwiki-x.y.z directory needs to be placed into a location accessible by your webserver (e.g., in a public_html directory of some sort). You can place files and directories using a number of methods -- FTP, or a Unix
Note: It is recommended to change the "pmwiki-x.y.z" directory name to be simply "pmwiki".
In most cases Pm Wiki will do this for you. Open a web browser to the pmwiki.php script on the server (i.e., not the one on your local computer or accessed using a file://... URL). Pm Wiki will then analyze your system configuration and provide instructions (if needed) for creating the wiki.d/ directory which will be used to hold the pages created for your site.
3a. You can create the wiki.d/ directory manually, and then give it full write permissions (i.e., "
chmod 777 wiki.d"). Use this method when "safe mode" is activated in the server's PHP installation.
3b. On some systems you can let Pm Wiki create wiki.d/ by temporarily changing the permissions on the directory containing the pmwiki.php file to 2777. In Unix this is commonly done by changing to the directory containing pmwiki.php and executing the command
chmod 2777 .
(note the dot at the end). The
chmod command also works in many FTP programs. Creating wiki.d/ in this manner will (1) make the directory writable so the web server can create the data directory it needs for the wiki files, (2) preserve group ownership of the directory so the installer account can manipulate the files created in this directory, and (3) make it more difficult for other accounts on the same server to access the files in wiki.d/.
After establishing directory permissions, try opening a browser to the pmwiki.php script again. If all is well, the wiki.d directory will have been created and you'll see the default home page.
Important: If you used method 3b, you should reset permissions by executing "
5. Set language
If you want to use Pm Wiki in a different language download the international language pack as zip archive (i18n-all.zip(approve sites)) from http://pmwiki.org/pub/pmwiki/i18n/(approve sites). Then extract it and copy the files into the wikilib.d/ directory as described above. Besides the -all file you can also download your country localization file only.
Languages available are:
There are two directories in the decompressed i18n archive, scripts and wikilib.d. Copy the files respectively contained in these directories to the scripts and wikilib.d of your Pm Wiki directory. For example, for French localization, Pm Wiki Fr?.* and Pm Wiki.* must be contained in the same directory.
Then, enable localization by adding an instruction to local/config.php to load the language translation page of your choice. For instance,
Read more about this on Internationalizations.
Resist the temptation to rename pmwiki.php to index.php because if you rename the file it will not be overwritten during an upgrade.
Should I rename pmwiki.php to index.php?
Renaming pmwiki.php is not recommended. Instead, create an index.php file that contains this single line
How do I make pmwiki.php the default page for a website?
Create an index.php file that runs Pm Wiki from a subdirectory (pmwiki/ for example) and place it in the site's web document root (the main directory for the website).
<?php chdir('pmwiki'); include_once('pmwiki.php');
Note: You will also need to explicitly set the
Is it possible to move wiki.d to /tmp/persistent/foo/wiki.d (a new sourceforge rule)?
Sourceforge suggests moving everything to /tmp/persistent/new-folder-of-your-choice/ and creating a symbolic link to the new folder on /tmp . It works -- see Cookbook:SourceForgeServers.
How can I run Pm Wiki on a standalone (offline, portable) machine ?
See Cookbook:Standalone or Cookbook:WikiOnAStick.