This list is currently accepting your nominations and suggestions.
This page was created more as a question than as an answer. Your comments and corrections are requested.
Criteria for the Top-Ten list
- - Best of Class (best for a particular purpose, such as a large public wiki, small personal wiki, etc)
- - Outstanding Features (based on your personal subjective preferences and informed opinion)
- - General Popularity (number of sites using it, number of downloads)
- MediaWiki -- Used by the WikiPedia project, which is the most popular wiki (PHP and MySql).
- MoinMoin -- A PythonLanguage wiki engine, features flexibility and modular design.
- PhpWiki -- A very popular PhpLanguage Wiki based on UseModWiki, with many features added.
- XWiki -- A sophisticated Wiki platform build with Enterprise technology and also declarated as the 'Next Generation Wiki'
- OddMuseWiki -- Really popular descendant of UseModWiki ("one big Perl script").
- TikiWiki CMS+Groupware -- A full-featured, open source, multilingual, all-in-one Wiki+CMS+Groupware written in PHP.
- PmWiki -- A popular PhpLanguage Wiki, easy installation, simple design, nice feature list.
- DokuWiki -- Standards compliant, simple WikiEngine written in PHP, accepted into Debian and Fedora linux distro's
- FoswikiEngine - The free open source fork from TWiki, a powerful PerlLanguage structured wiki with numerous plugins, aimed at large corporate Intranets
- MojoMojo -- The modern PerlLanguage wiki, powered by the CatalystFramework and the DBIC ORM. Hierarchical structure, AJAX live previews, 3-way merge edit conflict resolution, attachment gallery etc.
- Best WakkaWiki fork -- (Which WakkaWiki fork is the best? Also see WikiEngineHallOfFame) (PHP/MySQL)
- Banana Dance -- "New wiki currently in beta testing but still rich in features. It combines the best of Wiki and CMS with added community building features like rated commenting."
- WagnWiki -- "One of the freshest contributions to wiki since I coined the term" —WardCunningham
- MindTouch Deki -- multiple languages, images and videos, LDAP and Active Directory, scripting language.
- Traction TeamPage -- Best Enterprise Wiki based on outstanding features and comparison to commercial alternatives, as rated by InfoWorld (January 2007)
- AtlassianConfluence -- A very popular commercial product. WYSIWYG, search, LDAP integration, etc.
- ErfurtWiki -- A PublicDomain Wiki, integrates w/existing sites, 100+plugins, very configurable. (Another vote from me because of the very responsive developers.)
- JspWiki -- has lots more features than media wiki
- Luminotes -- Beautifully simple personal wiki: http://luminotes.com/ (abandoned)
- VimKi -- Personal wiki implemented in vim.
- EclipseWiki -- Eclipse plugin for a project wiki
- InstikiWiki -- Easiest, elegant, feature rich wiki clone, in Ruby
- PerspectiveWiki -- WYSIWYG editing, file attachments, security, searching over MS Office documents
- ZwiKi -- powerful, versatile, easy to administer
- VeryQuickWiki -- up and running in 5 minutes
- WackoWiki -- A slight, expandable and easy to install Wiki-engine.
- UseModWiki -- A PerlLanguage wiki, based on Ward's original WikiWiki, but abandoned since 2007
- DidiWiki -- A tiny Wiki Implementation with Built in Webserver (abandoned)
- TWiki (TwikiClone) -- A powerful, skinnable, extensive PerlLanguage wiki, aimed at large corporate Intranets. All but very few developers migrated to FoswikiEngine in October 27, 2008, when the company TWiki.net eliminated the elected board of directors of TWiki, assumed direct control over the TWiki project, and requested that all contributors agree to a new code of conduct before being allowed to continue working on the project.
- WikkaWiki -- Flexible, standards-compliant and lightweight wiki engine written in PHP, which uses MySQL to store pages. Forked from WakkaWiki. Designed for speed, extensibility, and security. Extensively documented (http://docs.wikkawiki.org). Ranked in top ten wikis by AjaxLine? (http://www.ajaxline.com/10-best-wiki-engines).
- Drupal Wiki -- http://drupal-wiki.com is a Enterprise Wiki based on Drupal. Complete WYSIWYG integration, Wdigets, Attachments, Versioning, Spaces, Galleries and much more.
- ProWiki - a fractal wiki
- Roadkill - http://roadkill.codeplex.com/ .net based
- SlimWiki? - https://slimwiki.com/ - Beautiful, Free Wikis for Teams.
If a WikiEngine should be added to this list, please add it. If a WikiEngine should not be on the list, please comment.
It would be very interesting if wiki users could comment on their choice.
A list of WikiEngines
with most "outstanding features" would be nice, but the above isn't it yet!
Is there a general consensus about the short list of best of WikiEngines?
compares several popular WikiEngines
in a feature table
Very interesting list indeed! I wonder which is the most downloaded wiki after Usemod. Probably PmWiki. It could be interesting to mention what each has that the others don't have.
I don't know, but it's probably not all that widely used as all the news it gets might suggest. OTOH you could easily get your 10-entry reduced list from the WikiEngines
list if you just removed the unmaintained (more than two thirds are dead).
See also the discussion of What Clone Should I Use
Is this an OpenSource
-only page? If not, I'd add ProWikiSoftware
to that list. It is currently used by about 80 wiki projects and most of them are living. It is only 3rd or 4th in feature count, but they are consistent and optimized for use in communities. It's also fractal in nature, so any branch (even page) of the wiki can have its own layout, rules or rights. Note FreeWikisForSchools
. -- HelmutLeitner
is compared to PhpWiki
I am currently wrestling with the decision of which software to choose as an upgrade for one of the wiki communities that my company sponsors. This page seems to present all of the 'top' contenders, however, having spent several days reviewing quite a few of them, I find I am having a lot of trouble comparing their features. It sure would be helpfull to have a short list of the attributes that were considered when the engines listed here were posted. Anyone care to suggest their criteria for including the software listed on this page? -- HansWobbe
Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_wiki_software
, for a comparison of the features of different wikis.
On my quest for a corporate wiki, I encountered other products not mentioned here that offer a kind of 'Wiki engine', such as Daisy and AtlassianConfluence
, to just pick some examples. Are they considered also as WikiEngines
or is there a more appropriate category for these 'not just a Wiki' products, please? -- BenVerberck
Daisy, being a Content Management System product with Wiki front-end, build on top of an Apache Cocoon framework. See http://cocoondev.org/daisydocs-1_3/daisywiki/general/22.html
Atlassian Confluence, an enterprise wiki for team collaboration, based on JavaLanguage
, used by many enterprises. See AtlassianConfluence
as a single web page, with the ability to edit and save copies of it. This explanation may seem a little unclear; if so, see the web page for a better explanation. It's a little hard to say if this is a Wiki in the usual sense or not, but it would probably work as a personal Wiki page.
There are some server side TiddlyWiki
adaptations too, which do look like an ordinary wiki. For instance, see http://ziddlywiki.com/
The best opensource wiki out there is Dekiwiki. It has an awesom wysiwyg editor and its user friendly and easy to setup. They have a step by step manual! If you tired of looking for options then try DekiWiki
. Get the opensource release from sourceforge. Dont get it confused with the commerical release of this product. http://opengarden.org/dekiwiki
A really really great wiki. I wish I had found it sooner. I tried at least 30 wiki's and this on pwns all. Its Derived from one of the greatest wiki's, mediawiki, but it is an enhanced user friendly version. It runs on Windows XP and a few other OS operating systems aswell Enjoy ;)
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may threaten its continued growth.
What about wikis on IIS then? Yes, what a horrible thought... Unfortunately I had the sad task of having to find one. I came up with Noodlewiki and Openwiki. There must be more. Where?
is dead. Added MojoMojo
as the leading OSS Perl-based wiki, powered by CatalystFramework
Moved to the nominations section as it was inserted by the same author who wrote a description of it in the first person. It has many features in common with ZwiKi which is in the same category.
, the TWiki fork after the schism of October 2008. Re-added MojoMojo
after updating its page with YAPC::NA 2009 presentation and mention in the new CatalystFramework
book. Moved DidiWiki
to the bottom, and removed UseModWiki
from he top 10, as both have been abandoned since 2007.
We were using PBwiki but its too expensive. Then we tried FOSwiki. It seems to do everything (Chinese didn't work though), but its just way too complicated. Now we are looking at XWiki. Our main concerns are...
- Free or cheap
- access control by group or user
- support chinese
- strikes a balance between powerful and easy to use
3/21/2013: why isn't twiki listed? sure, some contributors forked off to form foswiki but twiki still exists. "TWiki got nominated as a finalist for Best Project for the Enterprise" in 2009 http://www.clickonf5.org/7599/10-free-opensource-wiki-software-engine/
. it would be nice if there were dates on this site other than last edited.
I vote for Confluence. I haven't seen an opensource wiki that comes anywhere near it in terms of features and functionality. I also agree with removing the engines that aren't being actively maintained (no updates in over 12 months?)
BH - Confluence is very feature rich but also expensive. Plugins that were free are not priced, which drove our annual maintenance up 4x from last year.
OTC, Confluence is arguably no longer a wiki at all since the internal representation switched to XHTML -- they no longer do wiki syntax.
30 JAN 2014: I too think that TWiki should be on the list. I do believe that the TWiki.org project pushes much faster ahead than its fork, FosWiki?
, which seems kinda deadish with only minor maintenance releases coming out with LONG periods of silence in-between. TWiki on the other hand seems very alive and for all I know has a large installed base in corporate intranets.
29 MAR 2014: Regarding TWiki promotion, may I suggest you actually look at the SVN logs? Most checkins are
minor documentation, spelling, or whitespace adjustments: two users dominate, and it has all the appearances of
manufacturing activity. Foswiki development has slowed since the fork but still substantially exceeds that of
TWiki in actual content-ful checkins. That's perhaps why the flow of patches is primarily one-way, from Foswiki
to TWiki (e.g. their mining of several years of TinyMCE patches recently after long ignoring the input
has the best combination of easy-to-installness, extensibility and ease of use. It should be your first install and only investigate the others if DokuWiki
can't do it. Much of this list has the feeling of MaintenanceMode?