Server and client requirements
Low client and server base requirements are core features that keep Foswiki widely deployable, particularly across a range of browser platforms and versions. Many extensions exist which enhance and expand Foswiki's capabilities; they may have additional requirements.
The code is written in Perl 5, and uses a number of shell commands from perl.
The default package requires RCS (Revision Control System)
, a GNU Free Software package. Foswiki is developed in a basic Linux/Apache environment. It also works with Microsoft Windows, and should have no problem on any other platform that meets the requirements.
|| Required Server Environment *
|| 5.8.0 or higher (5.8.4 or higher is recommended)
|| 5.7 or higher (including GNU
Optional, Foswiki includes a pure perl implementation of RCS that can be used instead (although it's slower)
diff 2.7 or higher is required when not using the all-Perl RcsLite.
Install on PATH if not included with RCS (check version with
Must be the version used by RCS, to avoid problems with binary attachments - RCS may have hard-coded path to
| For upgrades only: GNU
patch is required when patching the code using patches in diff format submitted by the community.
| Modify command line parameters in configure if you use non-GNU grep programs
|| • Unix:
| Web server
|| Apache is well supported; see Foswiki:Support.InstallingOnSpecificPlatforms for alternative options.
A complete list of the required and optional Perl modules can be found in
Most of them will probably already be available in your installation. You can check version numbers with the
script, or if you're still trying to get to that point, check from the command line like this:
perl -e 'use FileHandle; print $FileHandle::VERSION."\n"'
The standard installation
has relatively low browser requirements:
- XHTML 1.0 Transitional compliant
- Cookies, if persistent sessions are required
You can easily select a balance of browser capability versus look and feel. Try the installed skins at SkinBrowser
and more at Foswiki:Extensions.SkinPackage
Important note about Plugins
- Plugins can require just about anything - browser-specific functions, stylesheets (CSS), Java applets, cookies, specific Perl modules,... - check the individual Plugin specs.
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