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Wacko logo
Developer(s) WackoWiki Team
Initial release 25 March 2003
Stable release R5.4.0 / April 18, 2014 (2014-04-18)
Operating system PHP5.4 -compatible
Type Wiki
License BSD license

WackoWiki is a lightweight, expandable, multilingual wiki engine based on WakkaWiki. The software is written in PHP, and uses MySQL to store pages. WackoWiki has an advanced editor with support for multiple languages, easy installer, many localizations, email notification on changes/comments, several cache levels, design themes (skins) support, XHTML compliance, page rights (ACLs), and page comments. WackoWiki is licensed under BSD.

WackoWiki is developed mainly by Russian programmers, but it is not a Russian-only engine. At the moment it supports Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian languages. WackoWiki was forked from the WakkaWiki engine in 2003 when Hendrik Mans and Carlo Zottmann, the original developers, abandoned it.

WackoWiki allows the use of full HTML capabilities, and uses the SafeHTML parser (written by the same developers) to strip out potentially dangerous content (JavaScript, etc.) which may cause cross-site scripting vulnerabilities.

Developers of WackoWiki also created WikiEdit, a JavaScript multi-language editor that generates wiki markup using keyboard shortcuts and toolbar buttons. WikiEdit also supports autoindenting (and increments in ordered lists).

WackoWiki is widely used in Russia as a wiki-engine, and by many IT companies as a lightweight CMS and a knowledge management system. It shares several modules, developers, and a bugtracker with the NPJ engine.

The latest version is R5.4.0, released on 18 April 2014.

Wacko features

  • All features from WakkaWiki, including installer & upgrader:
  • Designed for speed and extensibility
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Integrated user management
  • Access control through per-page access control lists
  • Integrated page-commenting functionality
  • Full revision control
  • Easily customizable
  • Supports multiple sites running off the same Wakka installation
  • Clusters (subpages) & relative addressing
  • Page watching & email notification on changes/comments (simple diff included in email)
  • Supports entering text in multiple-languages / alphabets (subject to browser limitations)
  • Enhanced What You Think Is What You Get editing — table markup, Open Wiki-compatible markup
  • Links can be Camel Case or Free Links
  • Powerful diff between revisions
  • Several levels of caching (backlinks, pages) bring significant performance gain compared to Wakka
  • Automatic Table Of Contents generation
  • On-the-fly correction of punctuation typos & special characters
  • Design themes (skins) support.

See also

External links

  • WackoWiki homepage
  •, download
  • Sebastian Tramp et al.Making the Semantic Data Web easily writeable with RDFauthor cited in Aroyo, L., Antoniou, G., Hyvönen, E., ten Teije, A., Stuckenschmidt, H., Cabral, L., Tudorache, T. (Eds.). The Semantic Web: Research and Applications. 7th European Semantic Web Conference, ESW 2010, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, May 30 - June 3, 2010, Proceedings, Part II. Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6089. Subseries: Information Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI.p.439.
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