How to install Mediawiki in VULTR panel

App details

Mediawiki runs on the CentOS 6 x64 operating system. You can log into this system with an SSH client using the root login found on your Vultr control panel.

Initially, you will need to access https://[SERVER_IP]/mw-config/ in your web-browser. Substitute the [SERVER_IP] with the IP address of your VPS. The certificate warning can be safely ignored. Login credentials are sent to you in an email, and can also be found in your Vultr control panel. Your will also need the “upgrade key” provided in your Vultr control panel to complete the initial Mediawiki web-based setup process. At the end of the setup wizard, Mediawiki will instruct you to download your LocalSettings.php file. That instruction is handled automatically and can be ignored.

Once you have completed the Mediawiki setup, you can access your Mediawiki site at http://[SERVER_IP]/ or https://[SERVER_IP]/.

You may also want to point the DNS “A record” of your website to your [SERVER_IP]. This will allow you to access Mediawiki by navigating to your website (

There is a MySQL database server running on the VPS. You can connect to the database by executing the following:

The MySQL root password is saved on the VPS in /root/.my.cnf.

File uploads

By default, uploads are disabled in Mediawiki. To enable them, do the following:

  1. Login to your server using ssh as root.
  2. Edit the LocalSettings.php file: vim /var/www/html/LocalSettings.php.
  3. Change $wgEnableUploads to true.

SSL details

Your Mediawiki server can be accessed with both http:// and https:// URLs. By default, the https:// URL uses a self-signed certificate, which displays a security warning. This can be safely ignored.

To disable https:// support (after initial configuration), do the following:

  1. Login to your server using ssh as root.
  2. Move the HTTPS vhost file out of the web server conf: mv /etc/nginx/conf.d/mediawiki_https.conf /root/
  3. Restart the web server: service nginx restart && service php-fpm restart

Depending on your plans for your Mediawiki site, you may want to update the certificate to one provided by an actual certificate authority. This will remove the security warning error. To install a new certificate, do the following:

  1. Obtain a certificate from a certificate authority for your domain.
  2. Login to your server using ssh as root.
  3. Replace the server.crt and server.key files in /etc/nginx/ssl/ with the updated certificate. Details on converting certificate formats are outside of the scope of this article.
  4. Restart the web server: service nginx restart && service php-fpm restart

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