Fundamental Introduction to MediaWiki
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This is a zip file. It can be extracted on most operating systems without installing any additional software, and is generally recommended for Windows users.
We also provide a tarball (tar.gz file). It is advised not to use 7-Zip to decompress the tarball (.tar.gz file), due to a bug with the PAX format. macOS users should note The Unarchiver has a bug which corrupts filenames in tarballs. Archive Utility can be used instead.
- Release notes
- Installing / Upgrading / Configuration
- Note: the last stable release does not contain all bug fixes to the stable branch: you can try the latest snapshot.
MediaWiki is free software licensed under version 2 of the GNU General Public License. Because MediaWiki is licensed free of charge, there is no warranty, to the extent permitted by applicable law. Read the full text of the GNU GPL version 2 for details.
|To users of MediaWiki versions 1.32–1.34 and version 1.30 and earlier: These versions are no longer supported. Please update to a newer version of MediaWiki:|
Download from Git instead
Active MediaWiki developers should instead download from Git to get the latest version of the MediaWiki software. The git repository has earlier versions of the software, so it is possible to switch to ("check out") a particular release.
- GPG security signatures to verify your download with GNU Privacy Guard:
- GPG keys
- MediaWiki 1.36.1 changes not including i18n (unified diff)
Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database, HHVM and PHP 7.0 and 7.1 support has been removed since MediaWiki 1.34.
Alternatives to manual installation
Some users may prefer to skip manual installation by using a pre-integrated MediaWiki software appliance or hosting services; repositories of some distros also increasingly offer packages for MediaWiki, with different degrees of frequency and extensions coverage (e.g. Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo).
Stay up to date with releases, and keep your server secure!
If your MediaWiki installation is heavily modified, it may be difficult to incorporate the latest official changes/updates to MediaWiki. To support such users, we maintain old branches of our code for up to a year for the legacy release and up to three years for the legacy long term support release.
From Git you can either download the complete repository (about 528 MiB)
git clone https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/mediawiki/core.git
or the latest revision only (about 85 MiB; this is often called a shallow clone: less time and smaller downloads).
git clone --depth 1 https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/mediawiki/core.git
You can also view the latest source code in your browser.
You can find tarballs (with extension
*.tar.gz) of all versions of MediaWiki back to March 2005 (the earliest being MediaWiki 1.3.11) in the MediaWiki download archives.
- FAQ: Installation and configuration
- mediawiki-l (Mailing List) is the high-traffic mailing list to ask for support.
- This could cause reference problems when you later use "git pull" to upgrade your shallow clone and the newer revision refers to older revisions which are not yet downloaded to your system. In such a case you can simply download more - increase the depth value - or all revisions later, or make a fresh shallow clone.