FileWiki comes with a command-line based interface, as well as a (rather experimental) web interface.


As all Perl programs, FileWiki depends on some standard modules, which are available on CPAN. The Makefile will complain about missing modules.

Depending on what plugins you enable, you will need:

  • Text::Markdown (needed for the example sites)
  • Text::Textile
  • Pod::Simple::HTML
  • Image::ExifTool (needed for gallery sites)
  • Image::Magick (needed for gallery sites)
  • ...


First, download the newest FileWiki release. Unzip the tarball, go to the filewiki directory and type:

perl Makefile.PL
sudo make install

This will install the filewiki executable along with the FileWiki Perl modules to your system. The Makefile will warn you about missing Perl modules.

That's it! Now you can build FileWiki sites:

filewiki examples/

This will build the example site to the target directory /tmp/filewiki/htdocs.

Have a look at the more complex site, this is intended to give you an idea on how FileWiki works.


In order to create a photo gallery, you first have to set the gallery_base variable to a folder containing your photos:

file: examples/

# change this path:

Optionally modify the other variables in tree.vars and gallery.tree.vars in order to change the resulting web site appearance.

In order for the slideshow to work, you need to provide the blueimp gallery scripts in examples/

cd examples/
tar -x -f 2.15.2.tar.gz
mv Gallery-2.15.2 blueimp-gallery

By default, FileWiki gallery depends on external tools to convert your image and video resources:

  • PerlMagick API from the ImageMagick suite (package called ImageMagick-perl on some distros)
  • ffmpeg tool from FFmpeg

Now if everything is set up, you can now build your personal gallery:

filewiki -v examples/

Point your browser to file:///tmp/filewiki/htdocs/index.html to see the resulting website. Enrich the pages by providing information on photos (in myphoto.jpg.vars) and directories (in dir.vars):

title    Spaghetti
summary  The best spaghetti I ever had in my life!
desc     This is a long description about my trip to Italy ...

If you're happy with the results, comment out the URI_PREFIX variable and run filewiki again.

file: examples/

# comment out URI_PREFIX (or set to some prefix on your site, e.g. "/my-gallery/"):

If you want FileWiki to automatically install your site to a remote server, edit the CMD_INSTALL variable and run:

filewiki -c install examples/

Note that FileWiki resource plugins do not rebuild resources (images and videos in this case) if their targets in OUTPUT_DIR are already present. You need to set the RESOURCES_FORCE_REBUILD variable or manually delete the files in OUTPUT_DIR if you want the targets to be rebuilt (e.g. after changing the image dimensions).

Apache Handler

An example on how to configure FileWiki as a HTTP PerlResponseHandler is provided in the Apache::FileWiki::Handler perl module documentation.

Note that this is rather experimental, and very insecure, so make sure you don't install this on a publicly available location. You have been warned!