This page documents how to install ikiwiki if a prepackaged version is not available for your distribution, and you are faced with downloading the source and installing by hand. Ikiwiki should work on most unix-like systems.


Ikiwiki is a perl program, and needs a recent version of perl such as 5.10. (5.8.0 has been reported not to work).

It's recommended you have a C compiler, as ikiwiki uses one to build wrappers.

Ikiwiki requires the Text::Markdown::Discount (or Text::Markdown), URI, HTML::Parser, HTML::Template, YAML::XS and HTML::Scrubber perl modules be installed. It can also use a lot of other perl modules, if they are available.

Various plugins use other perl modules and utilities; see their individual documentation for details.

Installing dependencies by hand

If you want to install by hand from the tarball, you should make sure that all the perl modules are installed. This is one way to install them, using CPAN to install modules from your local machine after you extract the ikiwiki tarball:

PERL5LIB=`pwd` PERL_MM_USE_DEFAULT=1 perl -MCPAN -e 'CPAN::Shell->install("Bundle::IkiWiki")'
PERL5LIB=`pwd` PERL_MM_USE_DEFAULT=1 perl -MCPAN -e 'CPAN::Shell->install("Bundle::IkiWiki::Extras")'

Installing ikiwiki by hand

Then to build and install ikiwiki:

perl Makefile.PL # INSTALL_BASE= PREFIX=/dir to install elsewhere
make test # optional
make install

If you're using a shared hosting provider, of the sort where you don't have root, you can still install ikiwiki. There are tutorials covering this for a few providers: