How to Install Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS

tiki wiki vpsIn this tutorial, we will show you how to install Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS with Apache, PHP and MySQL installed on it.
Tiki Wiki is an open-source Wiki-based content management system and online office suite written in PHP.
Tiki Wiki has many collaboration features and it is using the Bootstrap CSS framework which provides modernization to its look and feel.
This tutorial was tested and written for Ubuntu 14.04 VPS, but it should work on any Linux distribution.

This install guide assumes that Apache, MySQL and PHP are already installed and configured on your virtual server. At the time of writing this tutorial, the latest stable version of Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware is 14.0 and it requires:

  • PHP 5.5 or higher with the ctype, calendar, iconv, libxml, MySQLi and mbstring PHP extensions enabled;
  • Apache Web Server >= 2.0 compiled with mod_rewrite module;
  • MySQL 5 or higher installed on your virtual server.

Download the latest version of Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware available at to the server and extract it using the following commands:

cd /opt
unzip -o -d 
mv /opt/tiki-14.0 /var/www/html/tiki

Set the proper file permissions for the Apache web server to write to certain files and directories:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/tiki

Create a new MySQL database for Tiki Wiki to use and assign a user to it with full permissions:

mysql -u root -p
mysql> CREATE DATABASE tikidb;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON tikidb.* TO 'tikiuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
mysql> quit

Do not forget to replace ‘your-password’ with a strong password.
Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘tiki.conf’ on your virtual server:

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/tiki.conf

Then, run the following command:

ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/tiki.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/tiki.conf

Or, use the a2ensite to enable the ‘tiki.conf’ configuration in Apache:

sudo a2ensite tiki.conf

Edit the ‘tiki.conf’ configuration file:

vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/tiki.conf

and add the following lines to it:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/tiki/
<Directory /var/www/html/tiki/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

Run the following command to enable the mod_ssl module:

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sudo a2enmod ssl

Edit the php.ini configuration file and add/modify the following lines:

vi /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
memory_limit = 128M
file_uploads = On	
upload_max_filesize = 64M 
post_max_size = 8M 
allow_url_fopen = On	
session.save_handler = files
session.save_path = /tmp	
max_execution_time = 300
max_input_time = 300
magic_quotes_gpc = Off	
default_charset = "UTF-8"	
mbstring.func_overload = 0

Restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect:

service apache2 restart

Run the Tiki Wiki installation script:

cd /var/www/html/tiki/
chmod 755

The defaults are fine, so you can simply press the ‘Enter’ key for the next few questions. Once the installation via setup script is finished, open your favorite web browser, navigate to and follow the easy instructions. For security reason, make sure you select ‘Require secure (https) login’ from the ‘HTTPS login’ drop-down selection box. That is it. The Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware installation is now complete.

Log in to the Administrator back-end area at using ‘admin’ as username and change your admin password immediately. Then, select ‘go to the Control Panels’ to manually browse through the full list of preferences and configure Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware according to your needs.

tiki wiki back-end

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