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install.php file is a CLI-based maintenance script for the MediaWiki installation and configuration.


Default options are indicated in parentheses:

php install.php [--conf|--confpath|--dbname|--dbpass|--dbpassfile|--dbpath|--dbport|--dbprefix|--dbschema|--dbserver|--dbtype|--dbuser|--env-checks|--globals
|--help|--installdbpass|--installdbuser|--lang|--memory-limit|--pass|--passfile|--profiler|--quiet|--scriptpath|--server|--wiki] [name] <admin>

Generic maintenance parameters:[edit]

  •     --help (-h): Display this help message
  •     --quiet (-q): Whether to suppress non-error output
  •     --conf: Location of LocalSettings.php, if not default
  •     --wiki: For specifying the wiki ID
  •     --globals: Output globals at the end of processing for debugging
  •     --memory-limit: Set a specific memory limit for the script, "max" for no limit or "default" to avoid changing it
  •     --server: The protocol and server name to use in URLs, e.g. This is sometimes necessary because server name detection may fail in command line scripts.
  •     --profiler: Profiler output format (usually "text")

Script dependent parameters[edit]

  •     --dbuser: The DB user to use for this script
  •     --dbpass: The password to use for this script

Script specific parameters[edit]

  •     --confpath: Path to write LocalSettings.php to (/var/www/)
  •     --dbname: The database name (my_wiki)
  •     --dbpassfile: An alternative way to provide dbpass option, as the contents of this file
  •     --dbpath: The path for the SQLite DB ($IP/data)
  •     --dbport: The database port; only for PostgreSQL (5432)
  •     --dbprefix: Optional database table name prefix
  •     --dbschema: The schema for the MediaWiki DB in PostgreSQL/Microsoft SQL Server (mediawiki)
  •     --dbserver: The database host (localhost)
  •     --dbtype: The type of database (mysql)
  •     --env-checks: Run environment checks only, don't change anything
  •     --installdbpass: The password for the DB user to install as.
  •     --installdbuser: The user to use for installing (root)
  •     --lang: The language to use (en)
  •     --pass: The password for the wiki administrator.
  •     --passfile: An alternative way to provide pass option, as the contents of this file
  •     --scriptpath: The relative path of the wiki in the web server (/wiki)


  •     [name]: The name of the wiki (MediaWiki)
  •     <admin>: The username of the wiki administrator