[pmwiki-users] Stand alone wiki on an Android device ?

Petko Yotov 5ko at 5ko.fr
Mon Jul 17 16:19:09 CDT 2017

A few years ago I've tried installing a PHP server and PmWiki on Android 
but wasn't lucky enough to get it to work.

I've used WikiAndPad, a free/open source standalone wiki:


TBH I didn't use it as a wiki but as a reference. It was easy enough to 
convert a large data set -- more than 10K full medication notices (every 
medication sold in France) -- to the format of that software and make it 
possible to find a medicine with the lightning fast built-in search (by 
title only) and read the full notice. It performed reasonably well for 
several months then simply broke and nothing, even purging and 
reinstalling, couldn't bring it back to life. It was in Alpha and I had 
no time to investigate so I moved on.

Both these should have improved since then and are worth reviewing.

About offline PmWiki on a mobile device, there is Dr Toolbox, a learning 
resource for medical students built on a _highly_ customized PmWiki 
installation. It has an Android and an iOS "offline apps", that download 
the wiki content to the device and make it available for reading and 
searching even offline. Editing is not yet possible from the mobile 


If someone is interested, I can provide support and develop mobile apps 
for another PmWiki-based project (for hire), please contact me 


Change log     :  http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/ChangeLog
Release notes  :  http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/ReleaseNotes
If you upgrade :  http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/Upgrades

On 2017-07-17 21:35, Chuck Dee wrote:
> I use Ema Personal Wiki for my needs on Android.  Syncs to dropbox as 
> plain
> text files and there is a windows application.  And it's open source.
> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.janwillemboer.ema
> https://github.com/janwillemb/Ema-Personal-Wiki
> http://jwbs-blog.blogspot.com/2010/09/ema-personal-wiki-for-android-and.html
> Works very well for my uses.
> On Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 7:01 AM, Will Langford <unfies at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Did a tiny bit of work on this.. not a whole lot.
>> Not wanting to spend even $2 on a webserver, was looking at free 
>> stuff.
>> ----
>> "Server for PHP" is free, but pmwiki don't work apparently.  Has no 
>> ads
>> though, which is nice and kinda makes it preferred heh.
>> pmwiki.php - Call to undefined function crypt() in pmwiki.php line 480
>> I kinda don't understand how that error is even possible heh. Aint 
>> crypt()
>> a built in?!
>> ----
>> "Palapa Web Server" is free, and might work.  It has ads on it's 
>> status
>> screen though, which is irksome.
>> Based on lighthttpd.
>> Extracting the wiki to it and browsing to it yielded a permissions 
>> problem
>> on wiki.d ... restarting the server seemed to fix it.  During the 
>> restart,
>> also added pmwiki.php to it's list of "index" files.  Was able to edit
>> Main/Homepage without drama.
>> Copied over sample-config.php, renamed it, set the script/pub url's 
>> and
>> wiki / site name.  Seems okay.  Haven't tried uploads yet.  Haven't 
>> done
>> any the rewrite rules stuff for clean url's etc.
>> -unfy / Will
>> On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 4:45 PM, Edwin Marte <edwin.marte at leidba.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Hello William,
>>> I haven't tried that but I think the idea is interesting and could be
>>> very useful. I did a quick search and found a few options that may o 
>>> may
>>> not work. Pmwiki only needs  a php server as far as I understand so 
>>> we have Ultil
>>> Server
>>> <https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.icecoldapps.ultiserver&hl=en>,
>>> Droidphp <http://droidphp.github.io/> and here there is a good 
>>> tutorial
>>> <http://blog.laptopmag.com/android-web-server>.
>>> I haven't tested none of them but I surely sometimes during this week
>>> will try Ultil Server.
>>> I hope this helps and looking forward to see your results
>>> On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 2:48 PM, William Langford <unfies at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> 'lo,
>>>> First, a LONG preface.  Six months ago I bought an android based
>>>> tablet.  It's a nice Yoga 2 from Lenovo.  Not bottle barrel atom 
>>>> processor,
>>>> 1080p screen, 20+ hours of battery life, 2 weeks of stand by time 
>>>> (or
>>>> something).  The hardware seems to fit my base desires for a tablet 
>>>> just
>>>> fine (save maybe the fact that it doesn't have a stylus holder).
>>>> The thing is, I still can't find a practical use for the thing.  I 
>>>> have
>>>> no desire to use it as a media consumption device (see also: 
>>>> youtube,
>>>> netflix, facebook, etc).  I don't really "skype" or whatever a lot 
>>>> either.
>>>> I do have an electronics workbench with a nice DSO and stuff... so 
>>>> I've
>>>> naturally downloaded some electronics related apps (formulas, 
>>>> resistor
>>>> codes, etc).  Also grabbed the thread pitch tool cause... I dunno.  
>>>> Lastly,
>>>> Xodo so that I can draw on (pdf) schematics while assembling boards 
>>>> or
>>>> whatever.
>>>> Buuuutttt... it's still of limited use.
>>>> Found something called "UrForms" which seems to be a slapped 
>>>> together
>>>> front end for working with sqlite databases.  Now we're getting 
>>>> slightly
>>>> more useful.  I've created some basic "forms" (aka tables?) for 
>>>> listing
>>>> some stuff I own, some stuff I want, etc. Sadly, the interface is a 
>>>> bit
>>>> lacking.
>>>> ----
>>>> Getting to the point.
>>>> Why the )!(Q*%)(* just not run PmWiki on the thing ?  I really do 
>>>> love /
>>>> use pmwiki for a lot of things already.  As a semi-personal database 
>>>> of
>>>> sorts it makes sense!
>>>> I want it self contained within the tablet without internet 
>>>> connectivity
>>>> required.  I've looked at the Standalone and WikiOnAStick cookbook, 
>>>> and
>>>> neither really suit my needs.
>>>> Has anyone done a PmWiki install running from an Android device ?
>>>> Was there a particular web server / setup they liked working with ?
>>>> Any warnings / pit falls ?
>>>> I don't think I've got root on the tablet, btw.
>>>> Any thoughts on accessing from outside the device  (such as
>>>> http://tablet:4242/wiki/ ... or somehow having a different webserver
>>>> access the files on the tablet somehow) ?  Being able to access the 
>>>> wiki
>>>> from a computer would be handy (see also: bigger screen / better 
>>>> keyboard,
>>>> etc) ?
>>>> In the coming weeks, I'll prolly go about making this happen on my 
>>>> own -
>>>> and will either report back here or make a 'cookbook' out of it 
>>>> (even if
>>>> just documentation ?).
>>>> -Will / unfy

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