• A working installation of Ubuntu Server
  • LAN access to Ubuntu Server

Install Apache2

  • sudo apt install apache2 -y
  • Disable directory listing
    sudo sed -i "s/Options Indexes FollowSymLinks/Options FollowSymLinks/" /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
  • Set Apache2 service to start on boot
    sudo systemctl stop apache2.service 

    sudo systemctl start apache2.service

    sudo systemctl enable apache2.service

Install MariaDB 10.3

  • Add repo
    sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

    sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver hkp:// 0xF1656F24C74CD1D8

    sudo add-apt-repository 'deb [arch=amd64,arm64] bionic main'
  • Update to see new packages
    sudo apt update
  • Install
    sudo apt install mariadb-server mariadb-client -y

    Set root password for MariaDB

  • Set MariaDB service to start on boot
    sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service

    sudo systemctl start mariadb.service

    sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service
  • Lock it down! (answer Y to all)
    sudo mysql_secure_installation
  • Restart MariaDB service
    sudo systemctl restart mariadb.service

Install PHP 7.1

  • Add repo
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
  • Update to see new packages
    sudo apt update
  • Install all the things!
    sudo apt install php7.1 libapache2-mod-php7.1 php7.1-common php7.1-mbstring php7.1-xmlrpc php7.1-soap php7.1-gd php7.1-xml php7.1-intl php7.1-mysql php7.1-cli php7.1-curl
  • Open php.ini for editing
    sudo nano /etc/php/7.1/apache2/php.ini
  • Make the following changes

    file_uploads = On

    allow_url_fopen = On

    memory_limit = 256M

    upload_max_filesize = 100M

    max_execution_time = 360

    date.timezone = America/Pacific

Create the MediaWiki Database

  • Log on to the db server
    sudo mysql -u root -p
  • Create db
    CREATE DATABASE mediawiki;
  • Create db user
    CREATE USER 'mediawikiuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';
  • Grant user full access
    GRANT ALL ON mediawiki.* TO 'mediawikiuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;
  • Save and exit

Download MediaWiki 1.31.0

  • Download the tarball
    cd /tmp && wget
  • Extract and move to www
    sudo tar -zxvf mediawiki*.tar.gz

    sudo mkdir -p /var/www/html/mediawiki

    sudo mv mediawiki-1.31.0/* /var/www/html/mediawiki
  • Modify permissions
    sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/mediawiki/

    sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/mediawiki/

Configure Apache2

  • Create and edit conf file
    sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/mediawiki.conf
  • Add conf

Enable MediaWiki Site && Restart Apache2

  • sudo a2ensite mediawiki.conf 

    sudo a2enmod rewrite

    sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

The Finish Line

  • You should now be able to visit the MediaWiki page by navigating to http://server.ip.address/mediawiki
  • From here, simply follow the GUI installation process. Once the installation process is complete, you will need to move the LocalSettings.php file created into the MediaWiki directory on the server (default: /var/www/html/mediawiki)