django-wiki is an application for Django. This means that you need to setup a basic Django project in order to use django-wiki.

See also

Read more about setting up your first Django project in the official Django tutorial.

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 the latest pre-release (alpha, beta or rc):

pip install --pre wiki


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:


Configure context_processors

django-wiki uses the Django Templates backend. Add 'sekizai.context_processors.sekizai' and 'django.template.context_processors.debug' to context_processors section of your template backend settings. Please refer to the Django templates docs to see the current default setting for this variable.

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


To sync and create tables, do:

python migrate


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’s to point to the root article:

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

Include urlpatterns

To integrate the wiki in your existing application, you should ensure the following lines are included in your project’s

from django.contrib import admin
from django.urls import path, include

urlpatterns = [
    path('notifications/', include('django_nyt.urls')),
    path('', include('wiki.urls'))

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.