Installation Manual BlueSpice 2.27.3 With Installer (BlueSpice free only)

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This document describes the steps for the installation of MediaWiki 1.27.4 and BlueSpice 2.27.3 with installer.


Please note that this installation guide does only work with the edition BlueSpice free!

Tip for this Document

  • Please, read this manual completely and work through the single installtion steps one after another. 
  • For editing the configuration files with a text editor, the files must be saved in UTF-8 coding without BOM (Byte Order Mark).
  • The placeholder <installpath-bluespice> stands for the path to your BlueSpice installation, e.g C:\inetpub\wwwroot\bluespice (Windows) or /var/www/bluespice (Linux).
  • The placeholder <bluespice-url> stands for the URL to your future BlueSpice installation, e.g. http://localhost/bluespice.


Web server

The system must already be running a Web server (IIS / Apache) that is configured to access <bluespice-url>.


PHP must be embedded in the web server. Ensure that the following modules are enabled:

  • php-curl
  • php-gd
  • php-tidy


A database server (MariaDB oder MySQL) must be set up and available. You need administrative access (root).

Download BlueSpice

Download the current version of BlueSpice directly at Sourceforge. The package is named

Unzip and Copy BlueSpice

Unzip the downloaded archive with BlueSpice. Note that the relevant content is located in the subfolder "bluespice-free-installer". Move the complete content to <installpath-bluespice> and integrate it into existing folders.

Renaming of Relevant Folders

Rename the following folders in <installpath-bluespice> as follows:

  • extensions/BlueSpiceFoundation/data.template
    --> extensions/BlueSpiceFoundation/data
  • extensions/BlueSpiceFoundation/config.template
    --> extensions/BlueSpiceFoundation/config

Adjusting File System Permissions

Make sure that the following folders in <installpath-bluespice> are accessible and writable by the webserver:

  • cache
  • images
  • extensions/BlueSpiceFoundation/data
  • extensions/BlueSpiceFoundation/config

Detailed information about the file system permissions can also be found in our installation manual at the security settings

Starting the installation

Open <bluespice-url> in your browser. You should get the start page for installation:

Setup:Setup mediawiki start installation.jpg

Continue by clicking "set up the wiki".

Language selection

You will be asked for the language during the installation process and the system language of your installation

Setup:Setup installer languageselect.jpg

Select the required language and click "Next".

If you want to run your Wiki in German, please note that you have the choice between informal ("de") and formal ("de-formal") mode.

Checking the Installation Environment

The following page should allow you to skip with "Next" in most cases. If errors (red font) are displayed, there is a need for action at your server environment. Please do the necessary corrections.

Database Settings

On the following page, you will be prompted to enter your database settings.

  • If the database server is on the same PC as the MediaWiki installation, please do not use "localhost" but "".
  • The database itself is created in the further process if it does not already exist. You do not have to create the database in advance.
  • The database table prefix does not have to be specified. This only makes sense if you need the database for other database tables than for your MediaWiki installation.
  • Please enter the user name and password of the administrative database user (usually root).

Setup:Setup installer database.jpg

Click "Next".

On the second page about the database it is recommended to create your own database user for your installation. Deactivate the checkbox "Use the same database account as during the installation process" and enter a username and password of your choice. Activate the checkbox "If not already existing, you have to create the account now".

Setup:Setup installer database2.jpg

Then click "Next".

Wiki Settings

Now enter a name of your choice for your wiki. You can also define an administrative user and his password here. You can change the email address of this user at any time in the user settings. Leave all the other settings as they are and click "Next".

Setup:Setup installer settings.jpg

Extended Settings

The settings on the now displayed page should be set as shown in the following screenshot. Please adjust the email address according to your needs, the paths in the section "Uploading Images and Files" are automatically filled and should be left as they are.

At this point, no MediaWiki standard extensions will be chosen. The neccessary extensions for BlueSpice will be integrated during the BlueSpice setup. 

Setup:Setup installer advanced.jpg

Then click on "Next". Also confirm the following pages with "Next". 

All necessary settings are made now. Please confirm with "Next" again.

Deposit LocalSettings.php

Finally, the "LocalSettings.php"  will be provided for downloading it. Please do this and move the file to <installpath-bluespice>.

Checking the Installation Requirements

Call up the file installcheck.php at <bluespice-url> in your browser (example: http://localhost/installcheck.php). Correct all red (error) and ideally yellow (warning) declared messages (mostly in the php.ini) like specified. Please note, that changes in the php.ini may require a restart of the webserver. Do not continue until you have been able to remove at least all errors (red). 

Setup:Setup bluespice installcheck.jpg

Check Installation

Call <bluespice-url> in your browser. BlueSpice should now be successfully installed and a login with your access data should be possible.

Setup:Setup bluespice finished.jpg

Further configuration

Your BlueSpice installation is now ready to use. You can also do some further configuraiton: 

Also, some security settings are recommended.