The LocalWiki software is a web application you install on a
server. If you're not familiar with this process but want
to start a LocalWiki project in your community (and there isn't
already one there) check out the FAQ!
You might find our short installation walkthrough video
helpful if you're not completely familiar with this process.
Installing on Ubuntu
LocalWiki is available as a prebuilt package for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS or newer.
Just open a terminal and run these commands:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:localwiki
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install localwiki
If you don't have the add-apt-repository command, install it first:
- Ubuntu Quantal and above (>= 12.10) — sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
- Earlier Ubuntu versions (< 12.10) — sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
That's it! Follow the prompts to configure LocalWiki.
Next, be sure to read up on how to
start a successful project and add your new project to the LocalWiki Directory!
See the administrative documentation for more info. Have a problem with installation? Ask for help on IRC #localwiki on
freenode.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Installing on other systems
If you have the option, we strongly recommend installing LocalWiki on Ubuntu 10.04 newer. It makes both installing and keeping LocalWiki up to date much easier.
If you still want to install on a different operating system,
please see our development site.
Get the code
Our software is free and open-source. Check out our developer site for detailed instructions about how to get the software and contribute.
In 2004 we started the Davis
Wiki, an experimental project to collect and share interesting
information about the town of Davis, California, editable by anyone,
that soon became the world's largest and most vibrant community wiki.
Today the residents of Davis use it for everything from learning
news and local history to
helping return lost pets to
their owners — and it's become the largest, most used media source
in the city. In a week, nearly half of residents use the Davis Wiki; in a
month, nearly everyone uses it. And 1 in 7
residents contribute material to the Davis Wiki.
We want to help as many communities as possible
realize the full potential of such an amazing, collaborative information