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How to install Wiki.js 1.x on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Wiki.js is a powerful, modern and open-source wiki application. It includes all the features you’d expect in an elegant and modern user interface.

At the end of this tutorial, you’ll have a fully working installation of Wiki.js on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Let’s get started!


While this tutorial focuses on Ubuntu, Wiki.js works on virtually any platform where Node.js is supported. These are the minimum requirements:


  • 1 CPU core
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 10 GB of disk space


  • Node.js 6 or later
  • MongoDB 3.4 or later
  • Git 2.7.4 or later

Install Node.js 8.x

From the terminal, execute the following command to install the LTS version of Node.js:

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

You can verify that Node.js was correctly installed by running: node -v

Install MongoDB 3.6

MongoDB can be installed either on the same server or a remote server. As long as it can be accessed from the server where Wiki.js will be installed.

Let’s add the MongoDB apt repository key:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv 2930ADAE8CAF5059EE73BB4B58712A2291FA4AD5

And the apt repository source:

echo "deb [ arch=amd64,arm64 ] https://repo.mongodb.org/apt/ubuntu xenial/mongodb-org/3.6 multiverse" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-3.6.list

We can now install MongoDB:

sudo apt-get update && apt-get install -y mongodb-org

MongoDB is now installed! Let’s start the MongoDB service:

sudo service mongod start

Install Git

Fortunately, Ubuntu 16.04 already comes with a supported version of Git. You can verify the version by running: git --version

Install Wiki.js

We are now ready to install Wiki.js. Let’s first create a folder where the files will be downloaded and installed:

mkdir -p /var/wiki
cd /var/wiki

The following command will automatically fetch compiled files and extract them into the folder you just created:

curl -sSo- https://wiki.js.org/install.sh | bash

Wait for the installation process to complete. Upon completion, you should see an “Installation Complete” message.

The next step is to run the configuration wizard. This is where you’ll input basic site settings and database info for your wiki. Start the configuration wizard:

node wiki configure

After a few seconds, you should see an invitation to browse to http://localhost:3000. Open a web browser and navigate to this URL. Note that if you are installing Wiki.js on a remote server, you need to replace localhost with the IP or hostname of the server. For example, if your server IP is, then you should navigate to

In the event you cannot use port 3000 (e.g. already used by another application or blocked by a firewall), you can specify the port by appending it to the command. e.g.: node wiki configure 3456

You should be welcomed by the following page:


  1. Click Start to begin.
  2. On the next step, the wizard will check for system compatibility. Since we already installed all the necessary dependencies, everything should be checked green. Click Continue to proceed to the next step.
  3. Enter the required info, taking particular attention to the host and port settings. The host must reflect the URL visitors will use to access your wiki. So even though your wiki might be installed on, if your server is behind a proxy, you should instead enter the proxy URL. If you are using a port different from 80 or 443, you should also append the port to the end of the host. In summary, the host should reflect exactly what the client will type to access your site! On the other hand, the port parameter will be the port Wiki.js will listen on. This can be different than the port entered in the host parameter, for example if using a reverse proxy. Click Continue when ready.
  4. The next step presents a few helpful tips that may concern you. Click Continue.
  5. It’s now time to connect to the MongoDB database we installed earlier. If you installed MongoDB on the same server, then you can leave the default value of mongodb://localhost:27017/wiki. Otherwise, replace localhost with the IP or hostname of the remote server where MongoDB is installed. Click Continue.
  6. Wiki.js will now attempt to connect to the database. Click Continue to proceed to the final step.
  7. Finally, enter the email and password for the root administrator. This is the user login you’ll use to gain access to the administration area of your Wiki. Make sure to choose a strong password.
  8. Wiki.js now has all the info needed to finalize the installation. Wait for the installation to complete. Upon completion, the wizard will automatically restart Wiki.js in normal mode. This usually takes 30 seconds. Click Start to access your freshly installed wiki!

You’ll first need to login in order to create the home page. Use the email and password you just entered.

You now have a fully working Wiki.js installation!