How to Install XWiki on Debian 9

How to Install XWiki on Debian 9

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XWiki is a free and open source, Java-based advanced wiki software platform. It runs on servlet containers like JBoss, Tomcat, Jetty etc. It also uses a database such as MySQL or PostgreSQL to store its information. There are several methods of installing XWiki. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install XWiki using Debian (.DEB) packages, which is the recommended installation method for a production XWiki setup because all components needed by XWiki for a production instance will be automatically installed on your server. We will use a Debian 9 VPS but you should be able to install XWiki following this tutorial on all Debian based Linux distributions. By following this tutorial, you should have XWiki installed and running in no more than 10 minutes.

1. Connect to your server

To connect to your server via SSH as user root, use the following command:

ssh root@IP_ADDRESS -p PORT_NUMBER

and replace “IP_ADDRESS” and “PORT_NUMBER” with your actual server IP address and SSH port number.

Once logged in, make sure that your server is up-to-date by running the following commands:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

2. Add the XWiki repository

Before we begin the installation, you will need to add the official XWiki repository. You can do this by executing the following commands:

wget -q "https://maven.xwiki.org/public.gpg" -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo wget "https://maven.xwiki.org/stable/xwiki-stable.list" -P /etc/apt/sources.list.d/

Next, update the list of available packages with:

apt-get update

3. XWiki Installation

To list the available packages offered by this repository, run the following command:

apt-cache search xwiki

You will get the following output on your screen:

xwiki-common - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-common - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-mysql-common - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-pgsql-common - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat-common - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat-mysql - XWiki enterprise Tomcat/MySQL based package
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat-pgsql - XWiki enterprise Tomcat/PostgreSQL
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat5-mysql - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat5-pgsql - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat6-mysql - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat6-pgsql - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat7-common - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat7-mysql - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat7-pgsql - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat8-common - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat8-mysql - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-enterprise-tomcat8-pgsql - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-mysql-common - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-pgsql-common - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-solr-data - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-tomcat7-common - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-tomcat7-mysql - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-tomcat7-pgsql - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-tomcat8-common - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-tomcat8-mysql - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis
xwiki-tomcat8-pgsql - XWiki is a free wiki software platform written in Java with a design emphasis

You can choose which package you would like to install depending on your needs. In this tutorial, we will install XWiki with Tomcat 8 and MySQL as a database server.

To install this package, you need to run the following command:

apt-get install xwiki-tomcat8-mysql

This will install XWiki, Tomcat 8, MySQL and all the required dependencies on your server. During the installation, you will also be prompted to enter a password for the MySQL ‘xwiki’ user. Once the installation is completed the Tomcat server will be automatically started.

4. Access XWiki

XWiki runs on port 8080. To access your XWiki installation you will need to type the following URL in your web browser: http://your-ip-address:8080/xwiki

You will be asked to create a new admin user for your XWiki and select a flavor. After the browser installation is completed, you can log in as your admin user and access your XWiki admin page:

Installing XWiki on Debian 9

Congratulations! XWiki has been successfully installed on your Debian 9 Server. For more information, make sure you to check the XWiki official documentation.


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Install XWiki on Debian 9

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