Koch Lab:Research/MediaWiki for Open Science/How To Install Mediawiki Windows

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  1. Download the latest version of Mediawiki from http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Download
  2. Download the latest version of XAMPP for windows from http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
  3. Note: Be sure to download the "Installer" package for the easiest installation.
    Note: Select to install Apache and MySQL as a service.
    Warning: |Do not install FileZilla as a service unless you are ready to configure it properly.
    Note: There is no need to start the XAMPP control panel after installation.
  4. Browse to and set the mysql root password.
  5. Note: Select cookie authentication and not http
    Kochlab Mediawiki Installion 1.png
  6. Extract mediawiki installation files using 7-zip into C:\xampp\htdocs\wiki
  7. Update this Need to add instructions on how to properly extract files for the mediawiki installation. Not quite sure how since it is a tar file wrapped in a gunzip archive...
  8. Browse to, and click on "set up the wiki"
  9. Kochlab Mediawiki Installion 2.png
  10. Follow through the installation instructions provided.
  11. Some important notes about the installation instructions
    • Select "No Caching" unless you are sure that you will be using Memcached (If you don't know what Memcached is, select "No Caching")
    • Only enable email features if you have configured PHP to support email
    • Select MySQL as the database type
    • The database name can be anything you want
      • Database table prefix is not required
    • The superuser account and password are the ones you set before at the page.
      • Be sure to check "Use superuser account" so that the database and user can be created.
    Warning: Do not use the same password for the wiki database and the root user as this poses a significant security risk.
  12. Move config/LocalSettings.php to wiki/LocalSettings.php

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