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    Open Source MediaWiki Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to MediaWiki is TiddlyWiki. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to MediaWiki and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to MediaWiki are WackoWiki, DokuWiki, Wiki.js and XWiki.

    MediaWiki is mainly a Note-taking Tool but alternatives to it may also be Todo List Managers or Kanban Boards. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of MediaWiki.
    This page was last updated May 4, 2022
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    • PHP
    • Cloudron
    MediaWiki is a free software wiki package written in PHP, originally for use on Wikipedia. It is now used by several other...
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    1. TiddlyWiki is a single html file with all the characteristics of a wiki - including all of the functionality (including editing, saving, tagging and searching) and the style sheet.
      TiddlyWiki vs MediaWiki opinions
      This alternative is disputed. TiddlyWiki is still a legitimate alternative to MediaWiki, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Single user only. More a note taking app than a true wiki.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

    2. WackoWiki is a light and easy to install multilingual Wiki-engine. Supports WYTIWYG-editing, page rights (ACLs), page comments, file uploads, email notification, design themes (skins) and much more. Compatible with PHP 7.3 - 8.1 and MariaDB / MySQL.
      Almost everyone thinks WackoWiki is a great alternative to MediaWiki.

    3. DokuWiki is a standards compliant, simple to use Wiki, mainly aimed at creating documentation of any kind. It is targeted at developer teams, workgroups and small companies.
      Most users think DokuWiki is a great alternative to MediaWiki.
    4. Write your content in the widely used and simple Markdown format, using the built-in visual editor. Unlike other wiki software that save content in a database with a difficult to extract format, Wiki.js saves all your content directly into Markdown (.
      Wiki.js vs MediaWiki opinions
      Some users think Wiki.js is a great alternative to MediaWiki, some don't.
      Lunatica Wiki.js is for technical documentation (just take a look at its UI), while MediaWiki is made primarily for Wikipedia which is an encyclopedia, but can be also adapted for technical writing. So Wiki.js is not a replacement for MediaWiki when the use case is for encyclopedia or similar writing.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      jonknet Still has a ways to go, many glitches and missing features
      Negative comment 4 months ago

      Modern node js based wiki, bring the future to your data, uses flat files stored on a git repo, with markdown notation
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      Runs on Git and is a lot easier on the eyes
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    5. XWiki is a powerful Open Source collaborative platform allowing companies of all sizes to save time and money while enhancing collaboration on both team and organizational level.
      XWiki vs MediaWiki opinions
      Almost everyone thinks XWiki is a great alternative to MediaWiki.
      From my experience, XWiki is way more adaptable to business use cases than MediaWiki : changing the theme or setting-up a mail server was very easy for example. XWiki also includes a nice extension manager with tons of available extensions. The main downside of XWiki is that it is harder to install than simple PHP applications ; it also take more system memory by default.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago


    6. wikidPad is a Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down. What makes wikidPad different from other notepad applications is the ease with which you can cross-link your information.


      Last update was in November 2018, and various links are dead on their website.

    7. AppFlowy is an open source alternative to Notion. You are in charge of your data and customizations.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Self-Hosted
      • Visual Studio Code
      Foam is a personal knowledge management and sharing system inspired by Roam Research, built on Visual Studio Code and GitHub.
    8. Notea is a privacy-first, open-source note-taking application. It supports Markdown syntax, sharing, responsive and more.
    9. Dokit makes your documentation accessible in just a few clicks on all media (PC, mobile, machines) and integrates with your existing systems (CMMS, PLM, LMS). Easily adapt the platform design to your graphics. Enable single sign-on to make it easier for your users to log in.
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