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Wikibase is a powerful piece of software for managing structured data, and it's an extension to an even more powerful piece of software: MediaWiki. Then add the query service, Elasticsearch and QuickStatements, and you've got a complex suite of software that can be intimidating to manage, let alone to install.
But what if you just want to take Wikibase for a test drive, to see how it works and whether it's right for your project's needs?
For that situation -- and many people starting out with Wikibase find themselves here -- we offer two easy ways to start using Wikibase.
Wikibase.cloud is Wikimedia Deutschland's cloud-based service offering hosted Wikibase instances. No hardware is required -- just your data and your data-modeling expertise.
For a little more control and customization, we offer a suite of Docker images that provide either a basic Wikibase setup or a full complement of services, all of which can be running on your own machine in a matter of minutes -- thanks to Docker and docker-compose.
If you're familiar with Docker, and once you have it installed on your machine of choice, you can dive right into the instructions on our Docker install page.