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MoinMoin setup in easy steps

Posted by sureshkrishna on April 25, 2008

Wikis are a nice way to collaborate in an organizational environment. There are several wikis available in the market and thanks to the wikimatrix, which makes it easy to decide. Recently i did an exercise to install and upgrade the MoinMoin wiki. Listed are ALL the important steps that one can use to SUCCESSFULLY install and upgrade a wiki.

The infrastructure is a pretty simple. Windows XP, Apache Server, Intranet Environment, Latest Python and MoinMoin. I hope the following steps are very simple and enables everyone installing on Win XP and Apache to have a smooth setup process.

Note : This is not meant to have comprehensive setup instructions. For full help and installation instructions please look into the


  • Download latest MoinMoin []
  • Download latest UnZip/Zip SW []
  • Download latest Python []
  • Download latest EditPlus []
  • Download latest Apache Server []

Example Paths

  • Python Installation : C:\WikiSetup\Python252
  • MoinMoin Installation : C:\WikiSetup\moin-1.6.3
  • Utilities Instance : C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin
  • MyWiki : C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin\myCompanyWiki

Install Python

  • Install Python
  • Set the system path to Python.exe. This is not necessary, but helps you to execute python from everywhere.
  • Goto the cmd and type python. Python starts and shown the version.
    • python -V
    • Exit this by Ctrl+Z and then Enter key.

Install Apache Server

  • Make sure after the installation the server is started. This can be tested by launching the IE/FF/SF/.. and goto URL http://localhost. The browser should say “It Works!”.
  • If needed the server port can be changed to something that you like and safe. e.g. 1111, 2222 or 9999

Install MoinMoin

  • cd C:\WikiSetup\moin-1.6.3
  • python –quiet install –prefix=”C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin” –record=install.log
  • Look for any errors in <C:\WikiSetup\moin-1.6.3\install.log>. If this has errors, go for a coffee and try again.
  • Wether the installation is successful or not can be checked as follows. On the command prompt type “python” and then “import MoinMoin”.
  • This should not produce any messages and it just comes out.
    • C:\WikiSetup\moin-1.6.3>python
    • Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Feb 21 2008, 13:11:45) [MSC v.1310 32 bit (Intel)] on win32
    • Type “help”, “copyright”, “credits” or “license” for more information.
    • >>> import MoinMoin
    • >>>
  • Note : It is not necessary to change ANY of the configuration or files from the original MoinMoin installation <C:\WikiSetup\moin-1.6.3>.
  • Change the file <C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin\share\moin\server\moin.cgi> to insert the MoinMoin library path.
    • #!C:\WikiSetup\Python252\python.exe
  • Path of the directory where is located.
    • # sys.path.insert(0, ‘/path/to/wikiconfig’)
    • sys.path.insert(0, r’C:/WikiSetup/MyCompanyMoinMoin/share/moin/config’);
    • # Path to MoinMoin package, needed if you installed with –prefix=PREFIX
    • # or if you did not use
    • ## sys.path.insert(0, ‘PREFIX/lib/python2.3/site-packages’)
    • sys.path.insert(0, r’C:/WikiSetup/MyCompanyMoinMoin/Lib/site-packages’)

Create the myCompanyWiki Instance

  • Create the directory “myCompanyWiki” under C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin
    • cd C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin\share\moin
    • xcopy data C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin\myCompanyWiki\data /E
    • xcopy underlay C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin\myCompanyWiki\underlay /E
    • copy config\*.* C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin\myCompanyWiki\*.*
    • copy server\*.* C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin\myCompanyWiki\*.*
  • Configuring
    • sitename = u’My Company Wiki’
    • logo_string = u'<img src=”/wiki/common/mycompany.png” alt=”My Company Logo”>’
    • page_front_page = u”FrontPage”
    • data_dir = ‘C:/WikiSetup/MyCompanyMoinMoin/myCompanyWiki/data’
    • data_underlay_dir = ‘C:/WikiSetup/MyCompanyMoinMoin/myCompanyWiki/underlay’
    • url_prefix_static = ‘/wiki’
    • allowed_actions = [‘DeletePage’, ‘AttachFile’, ‘RenamePage’, ]
    • # If you will not be running a Wiki farm (if you’re not sure what this means, then you probably won’t be), make sure to delete the file from the C:\Moin\mywiki directory, or else moin.cgi will most likely give off various errors (including one about not being able to find a configuration file) and will ultimately fail to start up properly
  • Configuring moin.cgi. Change the moin.cgi to contain the following lines of script.
    • #!C:\WikiSetup\Python252\python.exe
    • sys.path.insert(0, r’C:/WikiSetup/MyCompanyMoinMoin/myCompanyWiki’);
    • sys.path.insert(0, r’C:/WikiSetup/MyCompanyMoinMoin/Lib/site-packages’)
  • Configuring Apache httpd.conf. Add exactly as shown below. Nothing more nothing less.
    • Its common to have the 80 port already ruinning. Or in some of the corporates this is taken by the Anti-Virus programs. So i would suggest to have your own port for Wiki.
    • Listen
    • The Alias is used to point all the static content like, images, css etc…
    • Alias /wiki/ “C:/WikiSetup/MyCompanyMoinMoin/share/moin/htdocs/”
    • Script Alias points to the newly created Wiki Instance. This kicks up the entire Wiki as i understand.
    • ScriptAlias /myCompanyWiki “C:/WikiSetup/MyCompanyMoinMoin/myCompanyWiki/moin.cgi”
    • Following directories need to accessible by the server
    • <Directory “C:/WikiSetup/MyCompanyMoinMoin/share/moin/htdocs/”>
      • AllowOverride None
      • Options None
      • Order allow,deny
      • Allow from all
    • </Directory>
    • <Directory “C:/WikiSetup/MyCompanyMoinMoin/myCompanyWiki/”>
      • AllowOverride None
      • Options None
      • Order allow,deny
      • Allow from all
    • </Directory>
  • Add following css content in C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin\share\moin\htdocs\modern\css. This might help you to have some kind of good looking headers. Of course you can change this style if you dont like.
    • h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6 {
      • background-color:#E7E7E7;
      • border-style:none;
      • border-width:thin;
      • font-family:sans-serif;
      • margin-bottom:8pt;
      • margin-top:2pt;
      • font-size:150%;
      • padding-left:0.4%;
      • width:99.6%;
    • }

Check Wiki Instance

Data Migraiton :

Data migration might be necessary, if you have existing wiki and you would want to enhance the wiki engine and data. Sometimes this could be the most painful process in the entire wiki setup (at least for me).

  • # Before doing the migration, please check if the MoinMoin module is available to command prompt.
  • # Copy the data directory from the existing wiki installation.
  • ‘your\old\MoinMoin\Wiki\data’ to C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin\Lib\site-packages\MoinMoin\script\old\migration
  • # And start running all the scripts. All means ALL. If you encounter any errors make sure that you correct all of them.
  • # Migrate Post 5.3 Data :
  • C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin\Lib\site-packages\MoinMoin\script\ –config-dir=C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin\myCompanyWiki –wiki-url= migration data


Many a times we want to export some of the pages or all of the wiki pages as documentation to the developers, sales or to the customers. This HTML Dump works handy in these cases. This feature is a fresh breath in life (i was using MoinMoin 1.2.1 before i migrated).

  • C:\WikiSetup\MyCompanyMoinMoin\Lib\site-packages\MoinMoin\script\ –config-dir=C:\tmp\MOINWIKI\share\moin\matrix –wiki-url= export dump –target-dir=C:\tmp\myWikiDataDump
  • Once the Dump is done. Copy the *.* from “C:/WikiSetup/MyCompanyMoinMoin/share/moin/htdocs” to “C:\tmp\myWikiDataDump“. This would apply all the “css” to the htmls.

User Access Control

The Wiki i setup, works in an intranet. I would like to have all the users to have the read, write, revert and delete access. Only the SuperUser has the admin capability. So my configuration is as follows.

  • superuser = [u”sureshkrishna”, ]
  • acl_rights_before = u”sureshkrishna:read,write,delete,revert,admin”
  • acl_rights_default = u”All:read,write,delete,revert”



19 Responses to “MoinMoin setup in easy steps”

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    Recently i got some XML content converted to wiki format. However i am finding it difficult to host it on moinmoin. Can you help me on this??

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