Friki 2.1.1 review

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Friki is a small and modern Java Wiki

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
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Developer: Frank Carver
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Friki is a small and modern Java Wiki. It is simple to deploy (just drop in to any modern servlet container), small and very easy to customise after deployment. Supports the classic wiki markup and a few common extensions.

Friki can be installed very easy
You will need a working Servlet Container or Application Server which implements at least version 2.3 of the Java Servlet API. Friki 2 has been tested on Resin 2, and Tomcat 4, and sticks to the specification, so it should work on all other compliant servers. Please let me know if you find a server it won't work on, but remember to check that you are using the correct Friki build for your system first.

All you need to do is drop the file "friki.war" into the "webapps" directory of your servlet container. Most smart containers should recognize the new application automatically, but you may need to restart the container if yours gets confused. Once the container has recognized, deployed and initialized the web application (which may take a few minutes), you should be able to view a page by appending friki to the URL of your server. For example, if I have a server at, I can access Friki at, or if you have a server at http://localhost:8080/, you can access Friki at http://localhost:8080/friki.

If this is the first time Friki has run, it will ask you for the path to the directory where it should store its pages and configuration files. If the directory you give does not exist, Friki will try and create it for you. On Windows, something like Cfriki2.1, or on Linux/Unix, something like /home/frank/friki2.1/ will probably be reasonable choices. Make sure you give it a directory that the server will be able to write to. Please take a few moments to think about this, as this is the hardest configuration to change later. If you are using a hosting company who does not provide you with access to the "expanded" web application, it may require a support call.

As soon as you have told Friki where to keep its stuff, you can view the initial pages, search, edit and create new pages to your heart's content. If you upgrade or reinstall Friki later, just tell it the same directory, and it should immediately start up with all your old pages and configurations intact.

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