DokuWiki is a simple to use and highly versatile Open Source wiki software that doesn’t require a database. It is loved by users for its clean and readable syntax. The ease of maintenance, backup and integration makes it an administrator’s favorite. Built in access controls and authentication connectors make it especially useful in the enterprise context and the large number of plug ins contributed by its vibrant community allow for a broad range of use cases beyond a traditional wiki. It is licensed under GPLv2 and written in the PHP programming language. It works on plain text files and thus does not need a database. Its syntax is similar to the one used by MediaWiki. It was created by Andreas Gohr in June 2004. In July the first official release was published. A big step in the development was the re-design of the parser and the renderer in January 2005. The new design was a big performance improvement and made it usable for bigger documentation projects. It also prepared it for an introduction of a generic plug in interface which simplified the development and maintenance of add-ons. A push of the level of awareness was the introduction of DokuWiki in the Linux distributions Debian in April and Gentoo Linux in July 2005. Since 2005, it has achieved significant usage.