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Welcome to the Greenstone Wiki, the main location for documentation for Greenstone Digital Library Software. Greenstone is produced by the New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University of Waikato, and developed and distributed in cooperation with UNESCO and the Human Info NGO.

Quick Start

Though it's recommended you read through the Beginner's Guide, if you're keen to quickly give Greenstone a try, you can simply download and install the lastest Greenstone (you'll have to decide whether you want Greenstone2 or Greenstone3). Tutorials are available to give you hands-on experience with the latest versions of both Greenstone2 and Greenstone3.

If you have downloaded Greenstone, a useful place to start is with the Release Notes, which contain detailed installation instructions for the particular version. See the releases page for links to the individual release notes pages.

Using this Wiki

If you are new to Greenstone (and even if you aren't), it is highly recommended that you start with the wiki Beginner's Guide. It is written concisely (in the hopes that you might read it all the way through!) and has two main purposes:

  1. providing an overview of the Greenstone software and its basic functionality, including:
  2. introducing advanced topics

After reading through the Beginner's Guide, you should not only know the Greenstone basics, but be aware of what is possible with Greenstone, and where to find more information on any task. For instance, if you are interested in setting up an institutional repository where staff and students can upload their own documents, you will know to read about The Depositor. The Beginner's Guide contains many, many links, and most of them point to the User Manual or Advanced User Manual.

The User and Advanced User manuals are where you will find all of the detailed, nitty-gritty information on how to use the software. Would you like to see a List of all document plugins? Do you want to know all there is to know about OAI in Greenstone? Need help with those pesky format statements (gs3, gs2)? You will find all of this (and much more!) in these two manuals. Now, it's probably a pretty dull read from beginning to end, which is why you should really read the Beginner's Guide—it will help point you in the right direction. You can also give the search box to the left a try. The Navigation bar to the left also includes links to useful pages.

We also have a Developer Manual, which includes information on advanced installation, as well as how Greenstone works.

This wiki is set up for Greenstone versions 2.86 and 3.06. As new versions of Greenstone are released, snapshots of the wiki will be taken before it is updated, so the documentation for these version will be preserved. Pages from the previous wiki have been preserved in this wiki here. Or you can visit the old wiki at

The special link All Pages in the toolbox to the left is another useful page. It shows a hierarchical list of all pages in the wiki. The en namespace contains the main part of the wiki.

We want YOU!

There are several ways you can contribute to Greenstone:

  1. Use the software, and let us know when something goes wrong (via the Greenstone mailing list)
  2. Help make Greenstone even more multi-lingual by providing language support
  3. Contribute to the wiki! If you have done something clever with Greenstone, share your knowledge with the Greenstone community

To keep up-to-date with changes to the wiki, visit the recent changes page.

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