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This topic describes ways how to install TWiki on MacOS 10.5.x (Leopard).

Manual installation

apache2 webserver

  • Start Leopard's apache2 httpd daemon:
$ sudo apachectl start

or check System Preferences --> Sharing --> Web Sharing

Installing TWiki

$ sudo mkdir /Library/WebServer/Documents/twiki
$ sudo cp whereveryouputit/TWiki-4.2.2.tgz /Library/WebServer/Documents/twiki
$ cd /Library/WebServer/Documents/twiki
$ sudo tar xzvf TWiki-4.2.2.tgz
$ cd ..
$ sudo chown -R www:www twiki
  • Browse to
  • Continue following the basic installation, step 4:
    • Copy and edit bin/LocalLib.cfg
    • Copy twiki_httpd_conf.txt to /etc/apache2/other/twiki.conf
    • Replace all home/httpd with Library/WebServer/Documents/twiki, leave the other parts of the paths intact
    • Comment out twiki.conf, line 125 (php_admin_flag)
  • When done, check webserver configation
$ sudo apachectl configtest
  • Restart webserver
$ sudo apachectl restart
  • It's always a good idea to check the apache logfile if anything is not working as expected:
$ tail -f /var/log/apache2/error_log 

Installer package

I created a first installer package that can be downloaded here.

The package contains

  • TWiki-4.2.2 installed at /Library/WebServer/Documents/twiki
  • twiki.conf copied to /private/etc/apache2/other
  • First configure run, fixed secure path, fixed grep path
  • configure password is empty and has to be set by user!

ALERT! This package is considered beta. I works on my machine (tm). Use at your own risk and please provide feedback.

-- Contributors: MatthiasWientapper - 16 Aug 2008


Why not use the apache2 that comes with OSX Leopard? it seems a bit weird to install a second webserver/

-- SvenDowideit - 16 Aug 2008

Errrm, yes - Good point. I was not aware of OSX Leopard coming already with apache installed. (It's my first mac...) I fixed the description - Thanks.

-- MatthiasWientapper - 16 Aug 2008

  1. Be careful when replacing all home/httpd above. The very FIRST entry in the twiki.conf file for ScriptAlias should be /Library/WebServer/Documents/twiki/bin/.
  2. There is no "others" directory. It should be other
  3. My version of twiki/bin/LocalSite.cfg is actually called twiki/bin/LocalLib.cfg

-- DuaneTharp - 17 Aug 2008

Regarding 1: If only home/httpd is replaced (without the leading and trailing slashes and without modifying the rest of the path) you should be fine.

  • e.g. / home/httpd /twiki/bin --> / Library/WebServer/Documents /twiki/bin

Regarding 2: fixed

Regarding 3: fixed

-- MatthiasWientapper - 18 Aug 2008

Everything here seems to be working just fine except I get 52 RCS errors suggesting that I should use RCSLite instead. Should I? And the other thing is I get an error when attempting to register a new user with the error message of: There has been a problem adding your user id to the Password system. And the user is not registered, and I get no entries in the .htpasswd file.

-- DaveHorne - 21 Sep 2008

I have it running using RCS.

-- ArthurClemens - 10 Oct 2008

Before I installed the optional Developer Tools from the Leopard DVD, I got the RCS errros and had to go with RCSLite. Once I installed them, I was able to switch to RCS (RCSWrapper in the menu).

-- RichardBondi - 14 Oct 2008

Why when i run the configure script does it just bring up the text file.... it doesnt actually run the script??? Thanks

-- BrentCrilly - 2009-11-26

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