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Koha is an open source integrated library management system (ILS).

For library staff and clients

In addition to the items listed below, the major advantage of Koha is the large community that supports Koha.

Koha is fully web based and has a mobile theme, therefore Koha is very BYOD friendly for Linux, Android, MAC and Windows internet devices.

Koha is device operating system and internet browser agnostic, therefore it is available to all devices and users.

  • An interoperable open standards based ILS.
  • Stable and reliable web based service
  • A web service that is fast and secure

For library systems management

  • Easy to install
  • Easy to setup
  • Easy to style
  • Easy to backup
  • Easy to upgrade

Basically the Koha developers are trying to make it the "Wordpress" of open library management systems.





Below are links to web sites for support and help.

It is expected that some contribution is made in return to the Koha community for the use of their freely given software.

This can take the form of software contributions or simply providing added support yourself by announcing yourself on the mailing list.

Social Networks



  1. Decide on a hostname for the server, that is short and easy to remember and that you are sure will not change in the long term. See the following for more details:
    1. http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Guidelines/Step_2
    2. http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Install_Ubuntu/S02
    3. http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Install_Ubuntu/S04
    4. If you are doing a test installation on a local virtual server, then use "localhost" as the hostname for the Koha system.
  2. This wiki guide assumes that you have access to expert linux systems administration and web 2.0 developer resources to perform the installation, customisation and provide long term support.
  3. Discuss and prepare for long term support of an open library management system, by drawing up service level agreements or memorandum of understandings with significant partners such as the main campus IT department, campus press and campus open scholarly communications office.
  4. Allocate server resources, be they bare metal or a virtual machine, for a production version of Koha and for a backup server in another geographical location.
  5. Ensure your server has inbound and outbound access to the internet via your campus proxy/firewall using TCP on port 80 and 443.
  6. Ensure your server has inbound and outbound access on the campus network using TCP on port 8080.

Installation and configuration

Web site connection details


  • The OPAC, or client page, can be accessed at:


  • The library admin interface can be accessed at:




Other Instructions