BookStack has some command line actions that can help with maintenance and common operations. There are also many commands available from the underlying Laravel framework. To list all available commands you can simply run
php artisan from your BookStack install folder. Custom BookStack commands are all under the ‘bookstack’ namespace.
Below is a listing of the BookStack specific commands. For any you can provide a
-h option to list details and options for the command.
Create an Admin User
Create a new admin user via the command line. Can offer a good last resort if you ever get locked out the system. Will use the details provided as options otherwise will request them interactively.
Copy Shelf Permission
By default shelf permissions will not auto-cascade since a book can be in many shelves. This command will copy the permissions of a shelf to all child books. This can be done for a single shelf or for all shelves in the system:
Update System URL
BookStack will store absolute URL paths for some content, such as images, in the database. If you change your base URL for BookStack this can be problematic. This command will essentially run a find & replace operation on all relevant tables in the database. Be sure to take a database backup for running this command.
Reset User MFA Methods
This will reset/clear any existing multi-factor-authentication methods for the given user. If MFA is enforced for one of their roles they’ll be prompted to reconfigure MFA upon next login.
Refresh User Avatars
Note: This will not load avatars from any connected authentication system.
Delete All Activity History
This will clear all tracked activities in the system. Note: Some areas of the interface rely on this data, including the Audit Log and any “Recent Activity” lists.
Delete Page Revisions
By default this deletes all page revisions apart from page update drafts which share the same system.
-a flag can be used to also delete these update drafts.
Delete Page Views
Delete tracked content views from the system. These are primarily used to populate any “Recently Used” lists.
Cleanup Unused Images
Searches and removes images that are not used in page content. While this can be done in the “Maintenance” section of the interface, running this via the command-line is often safer to avoid timeouts.
Regenerate the Search Index
BookStack uses a custom database-based search index system for efficient querying within the system. The command below re-builds this search index. This does not usually need to be manually ran, but it can be useful if manually inserting pages into the system or to pick-up BookStack indexing changes.
Regenerate Access Permissions
BookStack pre-calculates and stores certain access permissions in the database so that access can be calculated in a performant manner. The below command will regenerate these permissions. This is primarily used in development but can be useful if manually adding content via the database.
Regenerate Reference Index
BookStack stores references between content within the system to track how content is interlinked. Such references are generally managed by BookStack upon certain actions, such as when saving a page, but in some cases the below command may help to re-index these references. This can be useful upon upgrade of old content, or when manually adding content via the database.
Regenerate Comment Content
Comments are created and stored in Markdown but also rendered to HTML on save. This command will regenerate the stored HTML content for all comments using the original Markdown content.
Delete all users from the system that are not original “admin” or system-level users.
Generate UTF8mb4 SQL Upgrade Commands
Generates out the SQL which can be used to upgrade the database to UTF8mb4. See UTF8mb4/Emoji Support for further details.