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TWiki on Mac OS-X

This is a supplement to TWiki:TWiki.TWikiInstallationGuide; see also: MacOSXInstallNotes

See MacOS for general information.

See UnicodeMac for problems in implementing UseUTF8 on Macs for improved I18N support.

Sample installations

N.B. This page used to include the TWikiOnMacOSXTiger page. This confused several people. I have put a prebuilt .DMG in TWikiOnMacOSXTiger that makes installation easy.

-- BryanLarsen - 19 Feb 2007

Run TWiki as unprivileged user

A clean alternative I prefer is to create an unprivileged ordinary user named twiki and put the twiki files in ~twiki/Sites/
  • ~twiki provides a natural holding pen for various TWiki related downloads For example, I unzipped the twiki distribution into ~twiki/Virgin/ to serve as a reference copy against which to run diff to compare with the live install. The command diff -r Sites Virgin gives you the works.
  • Most TWiki maintenence which cannot be done from the web interface can be done as the twiki user.
  • Apache Configuration can be done in Apple's httpd.conf includes files found in /private/etc/httpd/users/ which simplifies configuration in a way that will not be clobbered when Apple makes updates to the system files.

-- DickFurnas - 05 Jan 2004

Install Perl libraries

Some libraries does not come with standard MacOS and have to be installed by hand.

To "make" the Perl modules, you must install the Mac OS X Developer tools which are on their own CD. These tools must match the version of Mac OS X you are running.

  1. First search for desired module on http://search.cpan.org and download it.
  2. Drag the folder into the Library/Perl folder (directory)
  3. If the "tar.gz" files which you downloaded did NOT automatically extract, then still drag the files into the /Library/Perl folder and open a Terminal window. Extract the folders with the command:
    • sudo tar xvfz PERL-MODULE-NAME.tar.gz
  4. make the module with the following commands:
    • cd /Library/Perl/PERL-MODULE-NAME
    • sudo Perl Makefile.PL
    • sudo make
    • sudo make install


VMware has announced VMware for Mac - once this is available later in 2006, this could provide an easy way of installing TWiki on Mac without requiring Unix or TWiki skills, using TWikiVMDebianStable.

-- RichardDonkin - 09 Aug 2006

Hi Peter, I'm also interested in getting TWiki working on Leopard because that's what I have at home and I want to be able to test things out there. Is it possible to get the core TWiki package installed on Leopard without relying on the installer? Thanks!

-- GarySprague - 13 Aug 2008

I have Mac OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion installed on a Mac Mini. I also installed Mac OS X Server 2.2.1. I have installed TWiki on Ubuntu servers 10.04 and up and quite proficient at system and network administration work on Linux but fairly new to Mac OS X. I have a working mail and calendar server and the final component I would like to get running on this server is TWiki. The Wiki that comes with server is not as feature rich as TWiki. TWiki is what I am familiar and would like to move forward with that.

There are some very old Mac OS X TWiki install HOW-TOs up to Snow Leopard but that is where everything stops. I have followed all of the steps of the Linux TWiki installation writeup and tried to incorporate the Snow Leopard info but with Mountain Lion and Mac OS X server installed the paths are different to key directories where apache is looking for installation and even though I think I have found the location TWiki will not configure.

Anyone with experience in installing/configuring TWiki 5 on Mac OS X Mountain Lion and OS X server?

-- Robert Davis - 2013-04-21

Robert, I can't help you out directly. Try to find the location of the Apache config files and put the twiki.conf you get from ApacheConfigGenerator there. Restart Apache. You likely need to resolve some CPAN dependencies, check TWiki/TWikiSystemRequirements. Once your are up and running, could you create a TWikiOnMacOSXMountainLion and possibly a TWikiOnMacOSXServer?

-- Peter Thoeny - 2013-04-22

Duncan Ellis posted a how-to blog at http://dunx.org/if/2014/08/15/making-wiki/

-- Peter Thoeny - 2014-08-15

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