Install Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Updated on August 2, 2019
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Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware, also known as Tiki, is a free and open source wiki content management system. Tiki's features include wiki pages, blogs, forums, as well as file and image galleries. This tutorial will teach you how to install Tiki on a Ubuntu 18.04 VPS.


This tutorial assumes that you have already setup a Vultr Cloud Compute instance with Ubuntu 18.04 and have root access.

Install Apache, MySQL, and PHP

Tiki runs on top of the LAMP stack. Before installing Tiki, you will need to install Apache, MySQL, and PHP.

Update the repository list.

apt-get update

Install Apache, MySQL, PHP and the PHP modules required by Tiki.

apt-get install apache2 mysql-server php-curl php libapache2-mod-php php-common php-sqlite3 php-intl php-mbstring php-xmlrpc php-mysql php-gd php-xml php-cli php-zip -y

Complete the MySQL installation by executing the following command.


During the installation, you will be asked to enter a root password. Enter a safe password, this will be the MySQL root password.

Would you like to setup VALIDATE PASSWORD plugin? [Y/N] N
New password: <Your Password>
Re-enter new password: <Your Password>
Remove anonymous users? [Y/N] Y
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/N] Y
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/N] Y
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/N] Y

Create a MySQL database for Tiki.

Tiki requires a MySQL database. Login to the MySQL console.

mysql -u root -p

When prompted for a password, enter the MySQL root password you. Once you are logged in, create a new database for Tiki.


Create a new MySQL user and grant it privileges to the newly created database. You can replace username and password with the username and password of your choice.

mysql>GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES on tiki.* to 'username'@'localhost' identified by 'password';

Exit the MySQL console.


Download & Install Tiki.

Download the latest version of Tiki.

cd /var/www/html
rm -r index.html

Unzip the downloaded archive and move the files to the root of the Apache webserver.

apt install unzip
unzip download
mv ./tiki-19.1/* . && rm download && rm -r tiki-19.1

Set the appropriate file permissions.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/

Configure Apache for Tiki

Create an Apache hosts file for the Tiki installation.

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/tiki.conf

Paste the following snippet to the file, replacing with your own domain name.

<VirtualHost *:80>
     DocumentRoot /var/www/html/
     <Directory /var/www/html/>
          Options FollowSymlinks
          AllowOverride All
          Require all granted
     ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
     CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

Enable the configuration.

sudo a2ensite tiki.conf

Enable the Apache rewrite module and restart Apache.

sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Complete the Tiki Installation

Open a browser window on your computer and navigate to your domain name. You will see the Tiki web-based installer. Proceed through the installer and enter the MySQL database details that you created when prompted.