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WIKINDX ~ Install

Simple installation instructions (a help file for WIKINDX use is included in the system as a web page).


  1. You must have the ability to create a database and grant full permissions on a MySQL server.
  2. Write access to your web server's documents folder.
  3. (It is assumed you have a working MySQL database server and PHP-enabled web server.)
  4. Any operating system capable of running the above.
  5. WIKINDX uses PHP sessions - ensure that these have not been disabled in php.ini.

1/ WIKINDX will neither create the database nor grant appropriate permissions (GRANT ALL) - you must do this manually then edit config.php. PHPMyAdmin users (for Windows users, this utility for managing MySQL databases comes with WAMP) can find instructions for this at
2/ Some PHP distributions (notibly on Linux Mandriva) come without PHP extensions that are standard on other distributions. Importantly, the XML extension must be enabled on Mandriva (and possibly other Linux distributions).
3/ The standard PHP/Apache installation has a memory_limit of 8 Megabytes configured in php.ini. In most cases, this is sufficient to run WIKINDX. However, there are some instances (PHP/Apache installations with particular configurations or extras, for example) where this memory limit may need to be increased. An indication of this is typically an unexpected and entirely blank page following a WIKINDX operation or, if error reporting is turned on (see wikindx4/config.php), an error message detailing a lack of memory. If either of these symptoms occur, increase php.ini's memory_limit in steps of 4 Megabytes until it is working again. If the setting in config.php doesn't work and you don't have access to php.ini, then you can also try to set the memory in the file .htaccess (create it in the wikindx folder if doesn't exist) with the following statement:
php_value memory_limit 64M


  1. Unpack and untar wikindx-xxxx.tar.gz or to a web server documents' folder of your choice.
    NB - It is important that the 'files/', 'attachments/' and 'styles/bibliography/' folders and the XML files within the 'styles/bibliography/xxx/' folders are writable by the web server user (usually 'nobody'). On *NIX, untar with the -p option to ensure that permissions are preserved (these permissions are 0777 to ensure that WIKINDX runs out of the box - you may wish to make them more secure).
  2. Copy config.php.dist to config.php and edit config.php as per the instructions in that file.
  3. Create a new database. If you have an existing WIKINDX v3.8.2 database, you must still create a new database for v4.1 since the database structure has significantly changed. Within your WIKINDX web configuration it is then possible to transfer and convert this v3.8.2 database to v4.1.
  4. The first time you run WIKINDX v4.1, the database will be automatically upgraded. AS ALWAYS, YOU SHOULD BACK UP YOUR DATABASE FIRST.
  5. Run WIKINDX through your web browser and complete the instructions there to finish the installation. Make sure you do this immediately as the first user will be prompted to enter a superadmin username and password.
  6. Have fun!


  1. The files/ directory is used for the temporary storage of RTF, RIS, Endnote, BibTeX and other files for the user to download. The scripts within WIKINDX will mark these files for deletion after $WIKINDX_FILES_DELETE seconds have passed (see Admin|configure) since their last modification. This doesn't necessarily mean that they will be immediately deleted: they will be deleted the next time someone exports a file or logs in.
  2. There are a number of plugins to extend the functionality of WIKINDX that are available as separate downloads from the sourceforge site. Simply extract them (with their directory structure) to the plugins/ directory to make them instantly available. Plugin options can be configured from within the web browser.
  3. Language packs are available as separate downloads from the sourceforge site. They act like plug-ins so simply extract them (with their directory structure) to the languages/ directory to make them instantly available.
  4. Bibliographic style packs are available as separate downloads from the sourceforge site. They act like plug-ins so simply extract them (with their directory structure) to the styles/bibliography/ directory to make them instantly available.
  5. There is an optional RSS feed. See README_RSS for details.
Last updated: 13/January/2013