Pre-requisite: Pillow

For image processing, django-wiki uses the Pillow library (a fork of PIL). The preferred method should be to get a system-wide, pre-compiled version of Pillow, for instance by getting the binaries from your Linux distribution repos.


You need to get development libraries which Pip needs for compiling:

sudo apt-get install libjpeg8 libjpeg-dev libpng12-0 libpng12-dev

After that, install with sudo pip install Pillow. You might as well install Pillow system-wide, because there are little version-specific dependencies in Django applications when it comes to Pillow, and having multiple installations of the very same package is a bad practice in this case.

Mac OS X 10.5+

Ethan Tira-Thompson has created ports for OS X and made them available as a .dmg installer. Download and install the universal combo package here.

Once you have the packages installed, you can proceed to the pip installation. PIL will automatically pick up these libraries and compile them for django use.


To install the latest stable release:

pip install wiki

Install directly from Github (in case you have no worries about deploying our master branch directly):

pip install git+git://


Always read the Release notes for instructions on upgrading.


Configure settings.INSTALLED_APPS

The following applications should be listed - NB! it’s important to maintain the order due to database relational constraints:



To sync and create tables, do:

python migrate


Add 'sekizai.context_processors.sekizai' and 'django.core.context_processors.debug' to settings.TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS. Please refer to the Django settings docs to see the current default setting for this variable.

        'BACKEND': 'django.template.backends.django.DjangoTemplates',
        # ...
        'OPTIONS': {
            'context_processors': [


If you’re working with fresh Django installation, you need to set the SITE_ID


User account handling

There is a limited account handling included to allow users to sign up. Its settings are shown below with their default values. To switch off account handling entirely, set WIKI_ACCOUNT_HANDLING = False.


After a user is logged in, they will be redirected to the value of LOGIN_REDIRECT_URL, which you can configure in your project settings to point to the root article:

from django.core.urlresolvers import reverse_lazy
LOGIN_REDIRECT_URL = reverse_lazy('wiki:get', kwargs={'path': ''})

Include urlpatterns

To integrate the wiki to your existing application, you should add the following lines at the end of your project’s

from wiki.urls import get_pattern as get_wiki_pattern
from django_nyt.urls import get_pattern as get_nyt_pattern
urlpatterns += [
    url(r'^notifications/', get_nyt_pattern()),
    url(r'', get_wiki_pattern())

The above line puts the wiki in / so it’s important to put it at the end of your urlconf. You can also put it in /wiki by putting '^wiki/' as the pattern.


If you are running runserver, you need to have static files and media files from STATIC_ROOT and MEDIA_ROOT served by the development server. STATIC_ROOT is automatically served, but you have to add MEDIA_ROOT manually:

urlpatterns += static(settings.MEDIA_URL, document_root=settings.MEDIA_ROOT)

Please refer to the Django docs.