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ikiwiki 3.20180311 released with these changes

  • [ Amitai Schleier ]
    • Avoid unexpected full paths from find(1)
  • [ ]
    • rst test: Probe for docutils Python 3 module, not Python 2
  • [ Simon McVittie ]
    • mdwn: Automatically detect which Discount flags to use, fixing regressions in 3.20180228 when using Discount < 2.2
    • Add a test asserting that no plugin is an empty file, to confirm that the build fixes in 3.20180228 were successful
Posted Sun Mar 11 12:38:00 2018

ikiwiki 3.20180228 released with these changes

  • core: Don't send relative redirect URLs when behind a reverse proxy
  • core: Escape backticks etc. in directive error messages as HTML entities so that the error message is not subsequently parsed as Markdown
  • mdwn: Enable fenced code blocks, PHP Markdown Extra-style definition lists and GitHub-style extensions to HTML tag syntax when used with Discount >= 2.2.0 (Closes: #888055)
  • img: Fix auto-detection of image format (if enabled, which is strongly discouraged) with ImageMagick >= 6.9.8-3
  • rst: Use Python 3 instead of Python 2
  • build: set -e before each for loop, so that errors are reliably trapped
  • build: Use if/then instead of || so that the -e flag works
  • build: Ensure that pm_to_blib finishes before rewriting shebang lines
  • t: Make the img test pass with ImageMagick >= 6.9.8-3 (Closes: #891647)
  • debian: Remove unused Lintian overrides for duplicate word false positives
  • debian: Declare compliance with Debian Policy 4.1.3
Posted Wed Feb 28 07:47:58 2018

ikiwiki 3.20180105 released with these changes

  • emailauth: Fix cookie problem when user is on https and the cgiurl uses http, by making the emailed login link use https.
  • passwordauth: Use https for emailed password reset link when user is on https.
  • Remove openid provider icons from login selector, since openid providers are increasingly not working. Verisign retired theirs, and aol and yahoo/flickr are not commonly used for openid. Any users who still clicked those icons to login will need to instead enter their openid url.
  • Updated German basewiki and directives translation from Sebastian Kuhnert.
Posted Fri Jan 5 13:43:01 2018

ikiwiki 3.20171001 released with these changes

  • [ Joey Hess ]
    • htmlscrubber: Add support for the video tag's loop and muted attributes. Those were not in the original html5 spec, but have been added in the whatwg html living standard and have wide browser support.
    • emailauth, passwordauth: Avoid leaving cgisess_* files in the system temp directory.
  • [ Simon McVittie ]
    • core: Don't decode the result of strftime if it is already tagged as UTF-8, as it might be since Perl >= 5.21.1. (Closes: #869240)
    • img: Strip metadata from resized images when the deterministic config option is set. Thanks, intrigeri
    • receive: Avoid asprintf() in IkiWiki::Receive, to avoid implicit declaration, potential misbehaviour on 64-bit platforms, and lack of portability to non-GNU platforms
    • t: Add a regression test for untrusted git push
    • receive: Fix untrusted git push with git (>= 2.11) by passing through the necessary environment variables to make the quarantine area work
    • debian: Declare compliance with Debian Policy 4.1.1
  • [ Amitai Schleier ]
    • l10n: Fix the build with po4a 0.52, by ensuring that msgstr ends with a newline if and only if msgid does
Posted Sun Oct 1 12:16:57 2017

ikiwiki 3.20170622 released with these changes

  • t/git-cgi.t: Wait 1 second before doing a revert that should work. This hopefully fixes a race condition in which the test failed around 6% of the time. (Closes: #862494)
  • Guard against set-but-empty REMOTE_USER CGI variable on misconfigured nginx servers, and in general treat sessions with a set-but-empty name as if they were not signed in.
  • When the CGI fails, print the error to stderr, not "Died"
  • mdwn: Don't mangle <style> into <elyts> under some circumstances
  • mdwn: Enable footnotes by default when using the default Discount implementation. A new mdwn_footnotes option can be used to disable footnotes in MultiMarkdown and Discount.
  • mdwn: Don't enable alphabetically labelled ordered lists by default when using the default Discount implementation. A new mdwn_alpha_list option can be used to restore the old interpretation.
  • osm: Convert savestate hook into a changes hook. savestate is not the right place to write wiki content, and in particular this breaks websetup if osm's dependencies are not installed, even if the osm plugin is not actually enabled. (Closes: #719913)
  • toc: if the heading is of the form <h1 id="...">, use that for the link in the table of contents (but continue to generate <a name="index42"></a> in case someone was relying on it). Thanks, Antoine Beaupré
  • color: Do not leak markup into contexts that take only the plain text, such as toc
  • meta: Document [[!meta name="foo" content="bar"]]
  • debian: Use preferred https URL for Format of debian/copyright
  • debian: Declare compliance with Debian Policy 4.0.0
Posted Thu Jun 22 05:55:49 2017

ikiwiki-hosting is an interface on top of Ikiwiki to allow easy management of lots of ikiwiki sites. I developed it for Branchable, an Ikiwiki hosting provider. It has a powerful, scriptable command-line interface, and also includes special-purpose ikiwiki plugins for things like a user control panel.

To get a feel for it, here are some examples:

ikisite create --admin
ikisite branch
ikisite backup --stdout | ssh otherhost 'ikisite restore --stdin'

ikiwiki-hosting is free software, released under the AGPL. Its website: --Joey

Posted Thu Aug 5 17:44:47 2010

The domain has been moved to a new server. If you can see this, your DNS has already caught up and you are using the new server. By the way, the new server should be somewhat faster. --Joey

Posted Sat Dec 12 16:19:42 2009

Ikiwiki has reached version 3.0 and entered a new phase in its development cycle.

The 3.0 release of ikiwiki changes several defaults and finishes some transitions. You will need to modify your wikis to work with ikiwiki 3.0. A document explaining the process is available in upgrade to 3.0.

The highlights of the changes in version 3.0 include:

Thanks to the many contributors to ikiwiki 3.0, including:

Jelmer Vernooij, Recai Oktaş, William Uther, Simon McVittie, Axel Beckert, Bernd Zeimetz, Gabriel McManus, Paweł Tęcza, Peter Simons, Manoj Srivastava, Patrick Winnertz, Jeremie Koenig, Josh Triplett, thm, Michael Gold, Jason Blevins, Alexandre Dupas, Henrik Brix Andersen, Thomas Keller, Enrico Zini, intrigeri, Scott Bronson, Brian May, Adeodato Simó, Brian Downing, Nis Martensen. (And anyone I missed.)

Also, thanks to the users, bug submitters, and documentation wiki editors. Without you, ikiwiki would just be a little thing I use for my home page.


Posted Wed Dec 31 16:30:41 2008

Now you can use git to clone this wiki, and push your changes back, thanks to ikiwiki's new support for untrusted git push. Enjoy working on the wiki while offline! --Joey

Posted Fri Oct 24 16:08:36 2008

I've produced a code_swarm visualization of the first 2+ years of ikiwiki's commit history.


PS, while I'm posting links to videos, here's a video of a lightning talk about ikiwiki.



Interesting things to watch for:

  • Initial development of ikiwiki to the point it was getting web edits. (First 2 seconds of video!)
  • Introduction to plugin support, and later, plugin changes dominating code changes.
  • Introduction of openid support and the resulting swarm of openid commenters.
  • Switch to git, my name in the logs changes from "joey" to "Joey Hess", and there are more code commits directly from others.

Getting the commit log was tricky because every web commit is in there too, so it has to deal with things like IPs and openids. The code swarm script will munge the log to handle these, and it was configured with code swarm.config.

Video editing by kino, ffmpeg, ffmpeg2theora, and too many hours of pain.

Audio by the Punch Brothers.

Posted Fri Jul 11 09:58:19 2008

I was asked a good question today: How can a company find someone to work on ikiwiki? To help answer this question, I've set up a consultants page. If you might be interested in being paid to work on ikiwiki, please add your information to the page. --Joey

And here's the first company looking for an ikiwiki developer that I am aware of:

The TOVA Company, a small medical software and hardware company in Portland, Oregon, is looking for developers to add functionality to ikiwiki. We're looking for developers who are already familiar with ikiwiki development, including plugins, and who would be willing to work on a part-time, non-employee, project-based basis for each of the small features that we want. The features we're interested in would obviously be GPL'd, and released to the community (if they'll have them :) ). Please contact Andrew Greenberg (andrew@thetovacompany) if you're interested. Thanks!

Posted Thu Jun 12 16:34:18 2008

I've gone ahead and moved to the faster box mentioned on server speed. Most poll respondants felt the old box was fast enough, but it's getting a bit overloaded with other stuff.

If you can see this, you're seeing the new server. If not, your DNS server hasn't caught up yet. I'll keep the old server up for a while too and merge any changes across since git makes that bog-easy.

Please report any problems..

Posted Wed Mar 19 23:07:13 2008 has upgraded to the not yet released ikiwiki 2.30. This version of ikiwiki drops support for subscribing to commit mail notifications for pages. The idea is that you can subscribe to the new RecentChanges feed instead. (Or create your own custom feed of only the changes you're interested in, and subscribe to that.)

So if you were subscribed to mail notifications on here, you'll need to change how you keep track of changes. Please let me know if there are any missing features in the RecentChanges feeds.

Statically building the RecentChanges also has performance implications, I'll keep an eye on server speed..


Posted Tue Jan 29 19:48:01 2008

I've put together a short screencast that covers approximatly the first half of the setup document, and includes a demo of setting up a blog using ikiwiki.

.. And now I've added a second screencast. Note that this uses a script that is only available in the as yet unreleased ikiwiki version 2.15.


Posted Mon Nov 26 20:14:22 2007

I've started using git as ikiwiki's main repository. See download for repository locations.

Note that all the sha1sums have changed from those in previously published git repositories. Blame git-svnimport.

I hope that this will make it easier to maintain and submit patches for ikiwiki.


Posted Wed Oct 24 22:21:06 2007

Ikiwiki has reached version 2.0 and entered a new phase in its development cycle.

With the 2.0 release of ikiwiki, some major changes have been made to the default configuration:

  • The usedirs setting is enabled by default. This will break all URLs to wikis that did not have usedirs turned on before, unless you follow the procedure described at switching to usedirs or edit your setup file to turn usedirs off: usedirs => 0,
  • OpenID logins are now enabled by default, if the Net::OpenID::Consumer perl module is available. Password logins are also still enabled by default. If you like, you can turn either OpenID or password logins off via the disable_plugins setting.

An overview of changes in the year since the 1.0 release:

  • New improved URLs to pages via usedirs.
  • OpenID support, enabled by default.
  • Plugin interface added, with some 60 plugins available, greatly expanding the capabilities of ikiwiki.
  • Tags, atom feeds, and generally full-fledged blogging support.
  • Fully working utf8.
  • Optimisations, approximately 3.5 times as fast as version 1.0.
  • Improved scalability to large numbers of pages.
  • Improved scalable logo.
  • Support for additional revision control systems besides svn: git, tla, mercurial.
  • Some support for other markup languages than markdown: rst, textile.
  • Unit test suite, with more than 300 tests.
Posted Mon Apr 30 00:51:57 2007

Integrated issue tracking with Ikiwiki by Joey Hess is now available on (LinuxWorld's author contract also allows this article to become part of the project's documentation.) Learn how to use Ikiwiki inlining and PageSpecs for lightweight workflow. Joey also explains how having the BTS and docs in the project's revision control system can help users of distributed revision control systems keep bug tracking info in sync with code changes.

Posted Fri Apr 6 17:29:16 2007

Google has accepted ikiwiki as a mentoring organization for Summer of Code 2007.

See our Summer of Code page for projects.


Posted Thu Mar 15 06:55:18 2007

Quick poll: Do you feel that ikiwiki is fast enough on this server, or should I move it to my much beefier auxiliary server?

It's fast enough (80%)

It's too slow! (12%)

No opinion (8%)

Total votes: 50

If you have specifics on performance issues, you might mention them on the discussion page.

Ikiwiki is now hosted at Branchable.

Posted Tue Feb 20 06:40:02 2007

Ikiwiki now has an IRC channel: #ikiwiki on

The channel features live commit messages for CIA for changes to both ikiwiki's code and this wiki. Plus occasional talk about ikiwiki.

Thanks to JoshTriplett for making this happen.

Posted Tue Feb 20 06:11:01 2007

Ikiwiki has its own domain now, Update your links.

Posted Sun Feb 18 16:24:26 2007

After looking up and noticing that another 8 hours had passed, replying to people and hacking, I've added a TipJar page, in case anyone feels like tossing me a few bucks for ikiwiki. TIA! --Joey

Posted Fri Dec 29 03:05:57 2006

Ikiwiki in svn now has support for using OpenID, a decentralized authentication mechanism that allows you to have one login that you can use on a growing number of websites.

Traditional password-based logins are still supported, but I'm considering switching at least over to using only OpenID logins. That would mean blowing away all the currently registered users and their preferences. If you're active on this wiki, I suggest you log out and log back in, try out the OpenID signup process if you don't already have an OpenID, and see how OpenID works for you. And let me know your feelings about making such a switch. --Joey

Accept only OpenID for logins (51%)

Accept only password logins (14%)

Accept both (33%)

Total votes: 149
Posted Mon Nov 20 17:08:23 2006

Some people may consider ikiwiki's default look to be a bit plain. Someone on slashdot even suggested perhaps it uses html 1.0. (Yes, an ikiwiki site has survived its first slashdotting. With static html, that's not very hard..) While the default style is indeed plain, there's more fine-tuning going on than you might think, and it's actually all done with xhtml and style sheets.

Stefano Zacchiroli came up with the idea of adding a css market page where IkiWikiUsers can share style sheets that you've come up with for ikiwiki. This is a great idea and I encourage those of you who have customised stylesheets to post them.

I'm also always looking for minimalistic yet refined additions to the default style sheet, and always appreciate suggestions for it.


Posted Fri Sep 22 20:12:21 2006

By the way, some other pages with RSS feeds about ikiwiki include plugins, TODO and bugs.