CanvasWiki vs. Instiki vs. JSPWiki vs. PhpWiki vs. XWiki vs. WikiASP

General Features CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
Version
1.2.101
0.30.0
2.11.0
phpwiki-1.3.14
14.10.3
1.6.2
Last Release Date
2006-06-14 (16 years ago)
2019-02-28 (3 years ago)
2021-11-21 (1 year ago)
2007-06-30 (15 years ago)
2023-01-09 (20 days ago)
2005-10-12 (17 years ago)
Last Update here
2008-09-01 (14 years ago)
2019-03-04 (3 years ago)
2021-12-01 (1 year ago)
2009-04-03 (13 years ago)
2023-01-10 (19 days ago)
2006-08-26 (16 years ago)
Author
Raymond Camden
David Heinemeier Hansson, Jacques Distler, Matthias Tarasiewicz
Apache Software Foundation
Steve Wainstead, Jeff Dairiki, Reini Urban, Carsten Klapp, Marc-Etienne Vargenau
XWiki Development Team
Elrey Ronald V.
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
Apache
Ruby's
Apache License 2.0
GPL
LGPL + Free hosting on https://myxwiki.org for individuals/non profit
FREE
Programming Language
ColdFusion
Ruby on Rails
Java
PHP
Java
ASP
Data Storage
Database
Database
Database, Files
Database, Files, RCS
Database, RCS
Database
License Cost/ Fee
0
0
0
0
0
Development status
Mature
Mature
Mature
Mature
Mature
Beta
Intended Audience
Mildly technical
general, education
all
Any
Enterprise, Workgroups, Developers
Non-IT, Student, Hobbyist
Hosting Features CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
Storage Quota
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Bandwidth Quota
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Other Limits
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Topic Restrictions
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Corporate Branding
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes
N/A
Own Domain
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes
N/A
Ads allowed
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
No
N/A
System Requirements CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
Operating System
Windows, Linux, Solaris
UNIX, Windows, MacOS X
any platform supporting JDK 1.8+
UNIX, Windows, MacOS X, probably others
Any platform supporting Java 11 or greater
Windows
Root Access
No
No
No
No
No
No
Webserver
Apache, IIS
Thin (included), or Apache/NGinx (via Passenger)
Any servlet 3.1 compliant web server, e.g. Tomcat 8.5+, Jetty, Glassfish, Websphere
Apache, IIS, anything with PHP support
Servlet 3.1+
IIS
Other Requirements
ColdFusion MX
Ruby 2.0-2.6
optional JavaMail for mailing functionality
various opt. helpers
Java 11, MySQL/MariaDB/PostgreSQL/HSQLDB/etc (JDBC Driver required)
Optional ADOX FSO components on IIS
Datastorage CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
Text Files
Unknown
No
Yes
Yes
No
Unknown
MySQL
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Unknown
PostgreSQL
Unknown
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Oracle
Unknown
Plugin
Optional
Yes
Yes
Unknown
SQLite
Unknown
Yes
Optional
Yes
No
Unknown
BerkeleyDB
Unknown
No
Optional
Yes
No
Unknown
RCS
Unknown
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Other
Access, SQL Server
Any Rails-compatible back-end datastore can be used.
JDBC driver must be provided manually; also Page provider architecture -> several implementations
gdbm, cvs, MSSQL, ... (ADODB, PearDB)
JDBC Databases and in general any database supported by Hibernate; any custom implementation, as the storage is pluggable. Attachments can be saved on the filesystem
MS Access DB
Security/Anti-Spam CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
Page Permissions
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACL
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Authentication Backends
JAAS -> interface to many external backends possible
db, session, pop, imap, ldap, file, webserver
XWiki, LDAP, custom (Open API), Kerberos, NTLM, Headers, PUMA, SAML, Trusted LDAP, Sun SSO
Host Blocking
Unknown
Yes
Optional
No
No
No
Mail Encryption
Unknown
Unknown
Plugin
No
Yes
Unknown
nofollow
Unknown
Unknown
Optional
Yes
No
Unknown
Blacklist
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
CAPTCHA
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Delayed Indexing
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
No
Yes
Unknown
Development/Support CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
# of Consultants
Preconfigured Hosting
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Code Repository
Issue Tracker
Mailing List
Support Forum
Chat Channel
Freenode: #jspwiki
#phpwiki
Stars on GitHub
N/A
478 ⭐
88 ⭐
N/A
N/A
N/A
Common Features CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
Preview
Unknown
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Minor Changes
Unknown
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Change Summary
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Page History
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Page Revisions
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Revision Diffs
Between all
Between all
Between all
Between all
No
Sitemap
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin System
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Special Features CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
Unicode Support
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Right-to-Left Support
Unknown
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Interface Languages
0
1
English
10
Breton, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Chinese
9
German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Chinese Traditional
40
Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Persian, French, Galician, Hindi, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Cambodian, Kannada, Korean, Lithuanian, Latvian, Lettish, Marathi, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish, Uighur, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Chinese Traditional
0
Email notification
Unknown
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Comments
No
Flat
Plugin
Threaded
Categories
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Namespaces
Unknown
No
No
No
Yes
Unknown
Conflict Handling
Page Locking
Page Locking
Conflict Resolution
Conflict Resolution
Conflict Resolution
Concurrent Editing
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Plugin
Unknown
Search
Full Text
Full Text
Full Text
Full Text
Wiki Farming
Unknown
Yes
Patch
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Structured Data
Unknown
No
Yes
Patch
Yes
Unknown
Links CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
CamelCase
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Freelinks
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Backlinks
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
InterWiki
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
SisterWiki
Unknown
No
No
No
Yes
Unknown
Image Links
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Windows Shares
Unknown
No
Optional
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Page Redirects
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Syntax Features CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
HTML Tags
All
Optional
Some
All
Optional
Math formulas
Unknown
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Unknown
Tables
simple + complex
simple + complex
simple + complex
simple + complex
simple
CREOLE support
Unknown
No
Yes
No
Yes
Unknown
Markdown Support
Unknown
Yes
No
No
Yes
Unknown
Textile Support
Unknown
Yes
No
No
No
Unknown
BBCode Support
Unknown
No
No
No
No
Unknown
Emoticon Images
Unknown
No
Plugin
No
Yes
Unknown
Syntax Highlighting
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Footnotes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Quoting
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Internal Comments
Unknown
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Custom styles
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
FAQ Tags
Unknown
No
No
No
Plugin
Unknown
Scripting
None
plugins for JavaScript, TCL and Groovy
plugins, templates, PHP
velocity, groovy, ruby, jython, generic JSR223 & very powerful API
Content Includes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Feed Aggregation
Unknown
No
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Usability CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
Section Editing
Unknown
No
Yes
No
Yes
Unknown
Page Templates
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Double-Click Edit
Unknown
No
No
Optional
No
Yes
Toolbar
Unknown
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
WYSIWYG Editing
Unknown
No
Yes
Patch
Yes
Unknown
Access Keys
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Auto Signature
Unknown
Yes
Optional
Yes
No
Yes
Statistics CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
Recent Changes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wanted Pages
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Orphaned Pages
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Most/Least Popular
Unknown
No
No
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Recent Visitors
Unknown
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Analysis
Unknown
No
No
Plugin
Yes
Unknown
Output CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
Printer Friendly
Print View
Print CSS
Print CSS
Print CSS
Mobile Friendly
Unknown
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Unknown
Themes & Skins
Unknown
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
RSS Feeds
Unknown
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ATOM Feeds
Unknown
Yes
Yes
No
Optional
No
Abbreviations
Unknown
Yes
No
No
Plugin
No
Auto-TOC
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Unknown
Raw Export
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
HTML Export
Unknown
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Unknown
XML export
Unknown
No
No
No
Yes
Unknown
PDF Export
Unknown
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Office Export
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Media and Files CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
File Attachments
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Media Revisions
Unknown
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Embedded Flash
Unknown
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Embedded Video
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Image Editing
Unknown
No
No
No
Plugin
No
SVG Editing
Unknown
Yes
No
No
Plugin
No
MindMap Editing
Unknown
No
No
No
Plugin
No
Media Search
No
Contents
No
Contents
No
Extras CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
Calendar
Unknown
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Image Galleries
Unknown
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Presentations
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Plugin
Unknown
Forums
Unknown
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Blogs
Unknown
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Ticket System
Unknown
No
No
No
Plugin
Unknown
Chat
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Plugin
Unknown
Syntax Examples CanvasWiki Instiki JSPWiki PhpWiki XWiki WikiASP
Internal Link
[[Some Page]]
[[Some Page|anchor text]]
[[Some Page#anchor]]
[[Some Page#anchor|anchor text]]
[link]
[text|link]
[text|wiki:link]
WikiWord or [somelink]
[ desc | pagename ]
XWiki supports 16+ input syntaxes (e.g. confluence, twiki, docbook, mediawiki, xwiki, markdown, etc), see http://rendering.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome#HSupportedSyntaxes for details.

The syntax documented below is XWiki Syntax 2.1 (http://platform.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/XWikiSyntax).

[[wiki syntax here>>Space.Page]]
[[Space.Page]]
(Space is optional and is the current space if not specified)
WikiWord
External Link
[another site](http://example.com)
[http://www.example.com/]
[example|http://www.example.com/]
[text|wiki:link]
http://someserver/someurl
[ desc | exturl ]
[[wiki syntax here>>http://www.xwiki.com]]
http://www.xwiki.com
[New Cnn|http://www.cnn.com]
Headlines
#Level 1#
##Level 2##
###Level 3###
####Level 4####
#####Level 5#####
######Level 6######
! Level 1
!! Level 2
!!! Level 3
!!!Headline1
!!Headline2
!Headline3
= Headline
== Subheadline
=== Sub-subheadline
==== etc..
==Headline1
===Headline2
====Headline3
=====Headline4
Bold Format
**bold**
__bold__
*bold* or
<strong>bold</strong>
**bold**
'''BoldFormat'''

{bold}BoldFormat{/b}
Italics Format
_italic_, *italic*
''italics''
_italics_ or 
or
<em>italics</em>
//Italics//
''The quotation''
Underline Format
underlined
{: style='text-decoration:underlined'}
%%(text-decoration: underline) text %%
<u>underlined</u>
__underline__
Monospace Format
`monospace`
{{monospace}}
<tt>monospace</tt>
<code>code</code>
<pre>preformatted</pre>
<verbatim>
unparsed text</verbatim>


##monospace##
<space char here>This is mono
Strikethrough Format
<del>strikethrough</del>
strikethrough
{: style='text-decoration:line-through'}
%%(text-decoration: line-through) deleted text %%
<strike>striked through</strike>
--Strike--
_This is Strike Through_
Superscript Format
<sup>superscript</sup>
%%(vertical-align: sup) text %%
<sup>above</sup>
^^superscript^^
Subscript Format
<sub>subscript</sub>
%%(vertical-align: sub) text %%
<sub>below</sub>
,,subscript,,
Images
![alt text](http://ex.com/image.jpg),
[[image.jpg|alt text:pic]]
[local.jpg]
[{Image src='local.jpg'}]
[{Image src='http://foo.bar/foo.jpg'}]
[ http://foo.org/1.jpg size=30%] 
external image
[Upload:view.jpg align=right size=50x40] 
view uploaded image
[Upload:view.jpg | http://server/external-linkjpg ] 
view and link to another image
image:img.png
image:Space.Page@img.png
[[image:img.png||width="25" height="25"]]
image:http://some/url/img.png

Starting with the xwiki/2.1 syntax, also:
image:icon:cancel
image:http://wite/image/icon.jpg

image:local:icon.jpg
Aligning Text
p{: style='text-align:left'}
p{: style='text-align:right'}
p{: style='text-align:center'}
p{: style='text-align:justify'}
%%(text-align: right) text %%
<?plugin RawHtml <span align="right"> ?>right<?plugin RawHtml </span> ?>
or <div align="right"> right </div>

(% style="... css here..." %)Text
Text Indentation
p
{: style='margin-left:3em'}

> blockquote
%%(text-indent: 20px) 20 pixels %%
%%(text-indent: 30%) 30 percent %%
;: left indent
;;: more left indent

or 
paragraph
and another level 
Non-semantic text indentation through styling:

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

Quotes:

> This is a quoted text
>Indent 1
>>Indent2
Bulleted Lists
* Item 1
** Item 1.1
* Item 2
* Item 1
** Item 1.1
* Item 2
* list
or
- list
* List
** list
*** list
* Test
* Bullets
Numbered Lists
1. Item 1
1. Item 1.1
2. Item 2
# Item 1
## Item 1.1
# Item 2
# list
1. Item 1
11. Item 2
111. Item 3
1. Item 4
1. Test Numeer
1. Test Two

Definition Lists
term
: definition
;term:definition
Term:<def>
def
; term
: definition
Horizontal Rule
***
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