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Installation on Ubuntu[Bearbeiten]

sudo apt-get install mediawiki2latex

Currently version 7.30 is available from the Ubuntu package repositories. That version does not work properly with tables on recent installations of MediaWiki. To resolve the issues you may follow the instruction for the installation of version 7.33 which are given for Debian below, but also apply for Ubuntu. Since you usually can not login as root on Ubuntu systems you have to run the given command as your normal user but with a preceding "sudo " in order to get the necessary privileges to install new software on your system.

Installation on Debian[Bearbeiten]

mediawiki2latex is included in the Debian Stretch distribution and works out of the box, but the output is limited to a few pages. To work around this problem you should install mediawiki2latex version 7.33 in Stretch. Please install mediawiki2latex version 7.25 first by typing (as root).

apt-get install mediawiki2latex

Then install the build time dependencies (as root).

apt-get install ghc libghc-x509-dev libghc-pem-dev
apt-get install libghc-regex-compat-dev libghc-http-dev cabal-install libghc-hxt-dev
apt-get install libghc-split-dev libghc-blaze-html-dev libghc-file-embed-dev
apt-get install libghc-highlighting-kate-dev  libghc-hxt-http-dev libghc-regex-pcre-dev
apt-get install libghc-temporary-dev libghc-url-dev libghc-utf8-string-dev
apt-get install libghc-utility-ht-dev libghc-http-conduit-dev libghc-happstack-server-dev
apt-get install libghc-directory-tree-dev libghc-zip-archive-dev libghc-strict-dev
apt-get install libghc-network-uri-dev
apt-get install ghostscript calibre latex2rtf libreoffice 

Download mediawiki2latex version 7.33 from sourceforge Download Link. Extract the archive and run (as root in the directory in which you extracted the archive from sourceforge)

make install

Installation on CentOS 7[Bearbeiten]

The instructions below apply to CentOS 7 (and likely CentOS 6). The primary concern with a CentOS 7 installation is avoid standard CentOS repository packages. Specifically the standard CentOS standard "epel" (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) repository contains ghc, cabal-install, and texlive, howwever, the versions in epel either provide incompatible versions (ghc and cabal) or are missing many components (texlive). Finally there are font dependancies that must be installed in order for MediaWike2LaTex to generate PDFs.

Prepare and Compile MediaWiki2LaTex[Bearbeiten]

The following versions of GHC, Cabal and Texlive are compatible MediaWiki2PDF 7.33.

    name=Copr repo for ghc-8.0.2 owned by petersen
  • yum disablerepo=epel install ghc cabal-install
  • cabal update
  • Download and install the latest LaTex from: This installer is a "live" install (it downloads install content as the install runs).
  • wget
  • tar xvzf install-tl-unx.tar.gz
  • cd install-tl-[build-date]
    • ./install-tl
    Note the install-tl texlive is a lengthly install (5+ hours), optionally run the process in the background and disassociate it from the current login session:
    • nohup sh -c "echo I | ./install-tl" > texlive-install.log 2>&1 &
    note the command avoid includes "echo I" for Install which is a required keyboard input to install-tl
    nohup will allow the install to run without being logged in.
  • Download and install the latest mediawiki2latex source.
    git clone wb2pdf-git
    cd wb2pdf-git
    cabal install
  • All going well, this will result in a binary wb2pdf-git/dist/build/mediawiki2latex.

Install Fonts[Bearbeiten]

There are a fonts needed by mediawiki2latex that will not be available through the prior installation steps (e.g. GNU Freefont).

GNU Freefont[Bearbeiten]

  • wget
  • unzip
  • cd freefont-20120503
  • mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont
  • cp *.ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont
  • fc-cache -f /usr/share/fonts
    Note: initiating fc-cache is not explicitly needed, however, this is generally good practice in order to fully register fonts in CentOS

Test Installion[Bearbeiten]

See validation steps below.

Installation on Windows[Bearbeiten]


  • Go to Control Panel -> Programms -> Turn Windows Features On / Off
  • The Windows Features Dialog will open
  • Scroll to the bottom
  • Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux
  • Press OK
  • Install the App "Ubuntu 18.04" from the Windows Appstore.
  • When stating the app for the first time you will be asked to set your username and password, which you need to remember
  • In the App type sudo apt-get update and press Enter. You will then need to enter the password you defined above
  • In the App type sudo apt-get install mediawiki2latex and press Enter.
  • The download and installation will take some time.

Running mediawiki2latex

  • Run the Ubuntu app if it is not already open
  • Type sudo mediawiki2latex -s 80 and enter the password as above
  • Keep the app open and, in Windows, open your normal web browser
  • In the address entry type localhost Press Enter
  • mediawiki2latex web version is now running on your local Windows computer.

Compiling large Books

  • The mediawiki2latex web server has a time limit of one hour built in, so very large books with more than about 500 pages may fail to convert. But there is a work around:
  • Go back to the Ubuntu App
  • Press and hold the CTRL key and press the C key once while holing it in order to stop the mediawiki2latex webserver
  • Type mediawiki2latex -u -o mybook.pdf and press Enter
  • After the command finishes, open Windows Explorer on your Windows Desktop and search for the file mybook.pdf
  • Double click the file to open it in your pdf viewer
  • Replace the link with the link to the large article you want to compile and repeat the above steps in order to get your desired result.

Updating the converter

  • It is highly recommended to update mediawiki2latex to version 7.33 in order to work with recent releases of MediaWiki.
  • Follow the steps given above in the installation instruction for Ubuntu. You will have to do this inside the Ubuntu 18.04 App.
  • In order to extract the .tar.gz archive form Sourceforge we recommend to use the 7zip extraction software.

Native Windows Command Line Version[Bearbeiten]

We also provide an experimental command line version that runs on Windows without needing to install anything. The zip archive containing it, as well as all tools especially miktex, is called . It may be downloaded from:

We do not recommend to use this native command line version but rather propose to follow the above installation instruction.

Installation on other OS[Bearbeiten]

I recommend that you use virtualbox or similar virtual machine and run Ubuntu in there. The program itself is already larger than Ubuntu, so installing Ubuntu does not add much overhead. The large size of the program is due to the many dependencies for latex packages and fonts, and the way they are packaged. In total a little over 1 GByte of packages has to be downloaded during the installation on Ubuntu. The .tar.gz archive of the source code is also available on sourceforge.

Installation Diagnostics and Validation[Bearbeiten]

Diagnostic Steps[Bearbeiten]

A recommended step to test a mediawiki2latex install is to run the following test:

   mkdir rmtest
   mediawiki2latex -u -o rivermartin.pdf -k -c rmtest

If mediawiki2latex appears to finish and generate rivermartin.pdf, then examine rivermartin.pdf, it should be some 84 pages. If a pdf is not generated then:

  • cd rmtest/document/main
  • xelatex main.tex

alternately run

  • xelatex -interaction=nonstopmode main.tex

Review the detailed output of xelatex


Given a version of rivermartin.pdf, compare this with the open server generated version of the River_martin test case via