Feature Comparison

General FeaturesTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
Version TWiki-6.0.0 5.2 does not apply9.8.1
Last Release Date 2013-10-14 13th August, 2013 does not apply2017-10-05
Author Peter Thoeny, TWiki community Atlassian Socialtext XWiki Development Team
Free and Open Source Yes No does not apply Yes
License GPL Commercial + Free personal/open source project/community use does not applyLGPL + Free hosting on for individuals/non profit
Programming Language Perl, JavaScript Java does not applyJava
Data Storage Files, RCS Database does not applyDatabase
License Cost/ Fee N/A starting at US $10 installed (unlimited wikis) 0
Development status Mature Mature does not applyMature
Intended Audience Large enterprise; small to medium businesses Enterprise + Technical Teams Businesses Enterprise, Workgroups, Developers
Hosting FeaturesTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
Storage Quota does not applyUnlimited 2 x 146GB does not apply
Bandwidth Quota does not apply  Unlimited does not apply
Other Limits does not apply No Unlimited wiki workspaces & pages does not apply
Topic Restrictions does not apply No None does not apply
Corporate Branding does not apply Yes Yes does not apply
Own Domain does not apply Optional Yes does not apply
Ads allowed does not apply No No does not apply
System RequirementsTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
Operating System Linux, Windows, OS-X and other Windows, Linux and Unix variants does not applyAny platform supporting JDK 1.8 or greater
Root Access No No does not apply No
Webserver Almost any webserver, typically Apache 1.3/2.0 Apache Tomcat does not applyServlet 3.0+
Other Requirements RCS (optional), cron/scheduler, fgrep, egrep; Plugins may have additional dependencies Oracle JDK 1.6.0_4+ does not applyJava 1.8, MySQL/HSQLDB/etc (JDBC Driver required)
DatastorageTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
Text Files Yes No does not apply No
MySQL No Yes does not apply Yes
PostgreSQL No Yes does not apply Yes
Oracle No Yes does not apply Yes
SQLite No No does not apply No
BerkeleyDB No No does not apply No
RCS Yes No does not apply No
Other RcsLite Perl library for version control without external RCS; backend API for other storage   does not applyJDBC Databases and in general any database supported by Hibernate; any custom implementation, as the storage is pluggable. Attachments can be saved on the filesystem
Security/Anti-SpamTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
Page Permissions Yes Yes Yes Yes
ACL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Authentication Backends Internal authentication; anything Apache supports such as LDAP, NIS, AD, Kerberos LDAP, NTLM, Siteminder, CAS and more does not applyXWiki, LDAP, custom (Open API), Kerberos, NTLM, Headers, PUMA, SAML, Trusted LDAP, Sun SSO
Host Blocking Plugin No Yes No
Mail Encryption Yes Optional Optional No
nofollow Plugin Optional Optional No
Blacklist Plugin No Yes No
CAPTCHA Plugin Yes Optional Yes
Delayed Indexing Plugin No Optional Yes
Development/SupportTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
Commercial Support Yes, 32 listed Yes, 37 listed Yes, 5 listed Yes, 12 listed
Preconfigured Hosting Yes Yes does not apply Yes
Code Repository Source included with commercial license does not
Issue Tracker
Mailing List
Support Forum Through the mailing list/JIRA/IRC/Nabble
IRC Channel   #socialtext (channel: #xwiki)
Common FeaturesTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
Preview Yes Yes Yes Yes
Minor Changes Yes Yes Optional Yes
Change Summary Yes Yes Yes Yes
Page History Yes Yes Yes Yes
Page Revisions Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Revision Diffs Between all Between all Between all Between all
Page Index Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin System Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special FeaturesTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
Unicode Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Right-to-Left Support No No Optional No
Interface Languages 19 languages
Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Ukrainian, Chinese, Chinese Traditional
15 languages
Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Chinese, Chinese Traditional
  38 languages
Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Persian, French, Galician, Hindi, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Cambodian, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lettish, Marathi, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Chinese Traditional
Email notification Yes Yes Yes Yes
Comments Threaded Threaded Flat Threaded
Categories Yes Yes Yes Yes
Namespaces Yes Yes Yes Yes
Page Redirection Yes Plugin Optional Yes
Conflict Handling Conflict Resolution Conflict Resolution Conflict Detection Page Locking
Search Full Text Full Text Full Text Full Text
Wiki Farming Optional Yes does not apply Yes
Structured Data Yes Plugin Yes Yes
LinksTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
CamelCase Yes Yes Optional Yes
Freelinks Yes Yes Yes Yes
Backlinks Yes Yes Yes Yes
InterWiki Yes Optional Yes Yes
SisterWiki Plugin No Optional Yes
Image Links Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Shares Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Page Redirects Plugin Plugin Yes Yes
Syntax FeaturesTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
HTML Tags All Optional All All
Math formulas Plugin Plugin Optional Yes
Tables simple + complex simple + complex simple + complex simple + complex
CREOLE support No No Optional Yes
Markdown Support No No Optional Yes
Textile Support Plugin Yes Optional No
BBCode Support No No Optional No
Emoticon Images Yes Yes Optional Yes
Syntax Highlighting Plugin Yes Optional Yes
Footnotes Plugin Plugin Optional Yes
Quoting Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internal Comments Yes Plugin Optional Yes
Custom styles Yes Yes Optional Yes
FAQ Tags Yes Yes Optional Plugin
Scripting TWiki Markup Language, TWiki variables, JavaScript, extensive API Macros, plugins, widgets, JavaScript and more Javascript velocity, groovy, ruby, jython, generic JSR223 & very powerful API
Content Includes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Feed Aggregation Yes Yes Yes Yes
UsabilityTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
Section Editing Plugin No Optional Yes
Page Templates Yes Yes Yes Yes
Double-Click Edit Plugin No Yes No
Toolbar Plugin Yes Yes Yes
WYSIWYG Editing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Access Keys Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto Signature Yes No Yes No
StatisticsTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
Recent Changes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wanted Pages No Yes Yes Yes
Orphaned Pages Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Most/Least Popular Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recent Visitors Plugin No Yes Yes
Analysis Yes Yes Optional Yes
OutputTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
HTML XHTML 1.0 Transitional HTML 4 HTML 4 XHTML 1.0 Strict
CSS Stylesheets Yes Yes Yes Yes
Printer Friendly Print View Print CSS Print View Print View
Mobile Friendly Plugin Plugin Yes Plugin
Themes & Skins Yes Yes Yes Yes
RSS Feeds Yes Yes Yes Yes
ATOM Feeds Yes Yes Yes Optional
Abbreviations Plugin No Yes Plugin
Auto-TOC Yes Yes Yes Optional
Raw Export Yes Yes Yes Yes
HTML Export Yes Yes Yes Yes
XML export Plugin Yes Yes Yes
PDF Export Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Media and FilesTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
File Attachments Yes Yes Yes Yes
Media Revisions Yes Yes Yes Yes
Embedded Flash Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Embedded Video Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Image Editing Plugin Plugin Optional Plugin
SVG Editing Plugin Plugin Optional Plugin
MindMap Editing Plugin Plugin Optional Plugin
Media Search Contents Contents Contents Contents
ExtrasTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
Calendar Plugin Plugin Plugin Plugin
Image Galleries Plugin Yes Plugin Yes
Forums Plugin Plugin Yes Plugin
Blogs Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Ticket System Plugin Plugin Yes Plugin
Syntax ExamplesTWiki DetailsConfluence DetailsSocialtext DetailsXWiki Details
Internal Link
WikiWord autolink
[[Spaced text]]
[Page Title]
[Link Title|Page Title#anchor]
"example" {link]
XWiki supports 16 input syntaxes (e.g. confluence, twiki, docbook, mediawiki, xwiki, etc), see for details.

The syntax documented below is XWiki Syntax 2.1 (

[[wiki syntax here>>Space.Page]]
(Space is optional and is the current space if not specified)
External Link autolink
[Link Title|]
[Shortcut Link|PageName@otherwiki]
[[wiki syntax here>>]]
---+ Level 1
---++ Level 2
---+++ Level 3
---++++ Level 4
---+++++ Level 5
---++++++ Level 6
h1. Top Level Heading
h2. Smaller Heading
h6. Smallest Heading
^ Headline
= Headline
== Subheadline
=== Sub-subheadline
==== etc..
Bold Format
Italics Format
Underline Format
Monospace Format
=monospaced text= and
multi line text
Strikethrough Format
Superscript Format
<sup>number here</sup>
Subscript Format
<sub>number here</sub>
[[image:img.png||width="25" height="25"]]

Starting with the xwiki/2.1 syntax, also:
Aligning Text
| left |   center   |   right |
or CSS
<p style="text-align: center;">
text you wish to align here
(% style="... css here..." %)Text
Text Indentation
multi line text
> indented
Non-semantic text indentation through styling:

(% style="... css here..." %)multi line text


> This is a quoted text
Bulleted Lists
   * Item 1
      * Item 1.1
   * Item 2
* one
** one-two
* two
* three
* bullet item
** bulletted subitem
* List
** list
*** list
Numbered Lists
   1. Item 1
      a. Item 1.a
   1. Item 2
# one
## one-two
# two
# three
# numbered item
## numbered subitem
1. Item 1
11. Item 2
111. Item 3
1. Item 4
Definition Lists
   $ Term: Definition
> definition
; term
: definition
Horizontal Rule
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