Installation BlueSpice 4 with Installer

Download installation package

Download the installation package from the website.

Store the installation package in a web root of your choice (see our folder structure recommendations for Windows installations), where you can access it via your browser.

Make sure that file system permissions are set up properly.


BlueSpice 4 is installed as a complete package with MediaWiki 1.39 and BlueSpice 4. This installation guide gives you step-by-step instructions to install BlueSpice.

Important!If you do a fresh install of BlueSpice 4, it might be necessary to run update.php afterwards if you get an error.

This document only describes the steps for installing the web application itself. For the installation of extended functions such as VisualEditor and Extendedsearch, please refer to the corresponding documentation.

We will not go into details about your operating system installation here, but assume that you have already checked the system requirements and your server configuration. You can find more details in our detailed installation guide.

Further help on optimizing the operating system can be found in our compendium.

Step-by-step installation

Note:If you also install the paid extension "BlueSpiceWikiFarm", make sure that the codebase is not located directly in the DocumentRoot of your web server or VirtualHost - it must be located in the /w subfolder!
Note:If Error "Fatal exception of type MWException" shows up, you need to check the rights of your Bluespice Folder and give it reading- and writing permissions. If there is still a error you need to add "$wgShowExceptionDetails = true" to your localsettings.php file and reload your URL to get preciser information of your error.

First use your browser to call up the URL under which the web application can be reached. Then complete the following steps:

MediaWiki setup page php error Step 1: Start the installation setup

First, open the URL of your web application in your browser. Then click on "set up the wiki" to start the installation.

If you don't meet all necessary requirements for PHP yet, you won't be able to view this setup page yet. Please make the necessary corrections to your PHP installation first. Otherwise, you are now on the page shown in the screenshot (click on the thumbnail to see the full screenshot).

Select language Step 2: Select your language

You are now in the language selection. "Your language" defines the language that guides you through the installer,

"Wiki language" the later language settings of your wiki.

Installation check Step 3: MediaWiki installation check

This step takes you to the MediaWiki installation check. Please read this check carefully, as possible hints may not block the installation itself, but may lead to restrictions of the wiki functionality in practice. Make the necessary corrections to your system and reload the page in your browser before proceeding with the setup.

Database connection Step 4: Establish the database connection

In this step, you configure the database connection. Here you can either specify the root user of your MySQL server and in the following step have the installer create an additional user who only has access to the BlueSpice database. The database will also be created automatically if it does not yet exist. Or, alternatively, you can create a user and a database in advance and directly enter this information here. You can find information on the manual creation of users and databases in the official Mediawiki documentation.

Database user Step 5: Create the BlueSpice database user

Depending on the procedure you followed in the previous step, you can now define an exclusive user for your BlueSpice database. If you have already created the user explicitly for the database in advance, leave the check mark at "Use the same database account as during the installation process".

Wiki name and admin account Step 6: Create your wiki name and administrator account

Enter the name for your wiki. This name is displayed in the title bar of your browser and in various other places such as in notification mails. Pay extra attention to the correct spelling, because this name can afterwards only be changed with a certain effort and certain risks. Next, enter the username, password and e-mail address of the first wiki administrator. The administrator account is then created by the wiki during setup.

Email options
Step 7: Options

In this step, you specify the e-mail address for notification e-mails.

Step 8: Installation

This step announces the installation of the wiki. If you don't need to make any changes to the previous steps, click "Next" to start the installation process.

Installation status
Step 9: Installation status

After the successful installation of BlueSpice, you see a confirmation page that you confirm with "Next".

Download localsettings.php Step 10: Download LocalSettings.php

In the last step of the installation, you will be asked to download the configuration file "LocalSettings.php" of your installation. Download it and place it in the root directory of your BlueSpice codebase.

Step 11: Rename the template folders
  1. Open the folder <installpath-bluespice>\extensions\BlueSpiceFoundation and rename the folder data-template to data. The folder should have read and write access. See File System Permissions.
  2. Run php <installpath-bluespice>\maintenance\update.php from the console.
BlueSpice start page Step 12: Load the BlueSpice welcome page

If you now access the URL you specified for BlueSpice, you now see the BlueSpice welcome page. You can start using BlueSpice immediately.

BlueSpice WikiFarm

If you are installing BlueSpice WikiFarm, follow these instructions. If not, skip to Next steps.

Now open a command line and change to the folder <installpath-bluespice>.

Run the following command:

  • php maintenance/update.php (Linux)
  • php maintenance\update.php (Windows)

Next steps

Note:If the page is not loading, give the group "users" change-permissions for the folder C:\Windows\Temp.

For security reasons, it is recommended to prevent access to the path mw-config/ after the installation. This can be implemented as follows:

In Apache, add the following entry to the file 000-bluespice.conf:

    <Directory /var/www/bluespice/w/mw-config>
        Require all denied

In IIS, create a file web.config in the sub-directory mw-config/ with the following content:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
                <anonymousAuthentication enabled="false" />

Please note that this entry may have to be removed temporarily if the web installer is used to update the application.

Important!As next step, you can configure VisualEditor and Extendedsearch.

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