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

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==Known Issues==
* Math rendering does not work in windows. This extension looks like a promising solution, will try soon: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Running_MediaWiki_on_Windows/math.php

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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

  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. Follow through the installation instructions provided.
  10. 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.
  11. Move config/LocalSettings.php to wiki/LocalSettings.php

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