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Installing DokuWiki on Debian 9 (Stretch) or Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver)

Installing DokuWiki is a relatively straightforward process on Debian and it's derivatives. The gist of it is: download DokuWiki, extract and copy the files to /var/www/ or wherever you'd like, and configure your web server. I'm using Nginx.

A longer form of these instructions can be found at DokuWiki's own documentation.

Downloading and Installing

Simply navigate to, customize your package and download to your server.

Extract the archive and copy it to its destination:

$ tar xzvf dokuwiki.tgz
$ sudo cp -r dokuwiki /var/www/

Give your web server user access, on Debian and its derivatives, this is usually www-data:

 $ sudo chown -R www-data:www-data dokuwiki

Configuring the Web Server

As stated earlier, I'm using Nginx as my web server. I create a Nginx configuration file for each domain/subdomain. I crafted my config file using DokuWiki's example.

I use EFF's Certbot to generate an SSL certificate from Let's Encrypt.

Increasing File Upload Limit

There's several places you may need to check to increase the file upload size limit from the default 2 MB.

Since I use Nginx, I had to modify the following line in my site configuration file.


client_max_body_size 26M;
I made it 26 MB instead of 25 MB in case I were to ever try to upload a 25 MB file, the rest of the request doesn't cause me to exceed the max.

Then I needed to change the FCGI settings for php-fpm.


post_max_size = 25M
upload_max_filesize = 25M

Note Note: You may need to change the post_max_size = 25M to 26M if you run into issues uploading a file that's exactly 25MB large.

Restart nginx and php-fpm for the changes to take effect:

 $ sudo nginx -s reload
 $ sudo service php7.0-fpm restart

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