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WIKINDX is a free Virtual Research Environment (an online bibliographic and quotations/notes management and article authoring system) designed either for single use (on a variety of operating sytems) or multi-user collaborative use across the internet.

Current version is 4.2.1 (May 2013)

v4.2.1 can be test-driven by following the 'Test-drive' link at the top of the page.

Developed under the GNU GPL license, the project homepage can be found at sourceforge and the required files/updates are available for download there.

A FreeBSD port (WIKINDX v3.8.2) by Martin Wilke may be downloaded from
A Fedora RPM (v4.2.x) by Ankur Sinha may be downloaded from

The sourceforge site has all the appropriate contact details, forums for you to report bugs, request features etc.

Since v3.7, WIKINDX provides the possibility to interface and integrate with Content Management Systems which use 'replacement tags' or similar. There are known to be a Moodle filter, a MediaWiki filter, a dokuwiki plug-in (a dokuwiki site using the WIKINDX plug-in is here), a WordPress plug-in and a phpWCMS filter and similar filters for other CMSs are easily written.

Unlike many other online bibliographies that are built around a single, central database over which you have no control or rights, a WIKINDX database is yours to manage and configure as you like.


  • can manage all my bibliographic data allowing me to search through them with an accuracy and speed that cannot be duplicated with index cards.
  • enables me to store unlimited quotes, paraphrases and thoughts and to efficiently cross-reference them in a searchable database.
  • is free, stable and open source allowing me to cast off the shackles of commercial, licensed software.
  • supports non-English multi-byte character sets.
  • runs on all major operating systems (*NIX, OsX, Windows).
  • can be run with a single user on a desktop computer or on a networked web server accessed by your research team or the wider public.
  • allows multiple attachments for each bibliographic resource.
  • can export my bibliography in various bibliographic styles (APA, Chicago, IEEE for example).
  • allows me to edit or create bibliographic styles through a graphical interface.
  • integrates a WYSIWYG word processor with easy importation of quotes etc. so that at long last I can write an article, from draft through to publication with automatic citation formatting, entirely within the one software.
  • at the click of a mouse button will reformat my article to another citation style whether that style uses footnotes, endnotes or in-text citation.
  • can import and export other bibliographic formats including BibTeX or Endnote format.
  • supports multiple users.

WIKINDX is all this and more.

WIKINDX is widely used around the world including at NASA and a range of universities and research institutions. Some WIKINDX users:
Institut National de Recherche Pédagogique
Logiques du renseignement
Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology
University Theses in Russian, Soviet and East European Studies 1907-2011
Bonner Online-Bibliographie zur Comicforschung
Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities
Eudo Citizenship Bibliography
AMMA Publications
Objektive Hermeneuti
Adaptation of the Meuse to the Impacts of Climate Evolutions
Organization Studies
University of British Columbia (A good example of the flexibility of WIKINDX in undergoing modification and integration into another website)
Universität Hamburg, Institut für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie, Biblio-Uellner (Another example of the flexibility of visual style and customization in a WIKINDX of over 100,000 resources.)

WIKINDX in India
A complimentary write-up on WIKINDX in The Hindu, "India's National Newspaper". 13/Dec/2004

WIKINDX written up in The Scout Report
"With the advent of intellectual and scholarly projects that span the continents, it can be advantageous to have an effective program that allows multiple users access to shared bibliographies. WIKINDX ... is one such program..." Read more... 26/Nov/2004

WIKINDX is listed in the Free Software Foundation/UNESCO Database Applications listing. 15/Dec/2004

WIKINDX written up at
"Wikindx can manage all of your reference materials, include them in research papers ... a powerful tool for writing scholarly papers with references..." Read more... 27/May/2008

From Tailored Databases to Wikis: Using Emerging Technologies to Work Together More Efficiently in Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management vol.3 103-113 (2008).
A description of WIKINDX and a study of its use at Cemagref (French public research institute). Read more... 1/August/2008

WIKINDX Requirements:
The client accesses the database via a standard (graphical) web browser. The server end of WIKINDX requires and has been developed and tested on the following free (or free for non-commercial use) software (which runs at least on Linux, Apple OSX and Windows):

  1. PHP >= v5.2.9 (WIKINDX will not work on earlier versions)
  2. MySQL >= v4.1.1 (WIKINDX will not work on earlier versions)
  3. Apache >= v1.3.x (but you can use any web server able to run PHP scripts)

Users wanting to run WIKINDX as a single user on their desktop or laptop may be interested in WAMP or XAMPP. There are some simple instuctions on configuring WAMP or XAMPP to work with WIKINDX here.

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Last updated: 30/Sept./2013