MIT SIPB Script Services for Athena is a hosting service for the MIT community that provides several popular web packages such as MediaWiki and WordPress, as well as CGI script, MySQL, cron, and procmail hosting. The service is free to any Athena account holder or group locker. It has over 3000 registered user accounts, and is used by a number of student organizations and academic groups at MIT.

The service is provided by the Student Information Processing Board (SIPB), MIT’s volunteer student group dedicated to computing. It is neither run nor supported by IS&T, and we make no guarantees about uptime or support.

We encourage users to subscribe to our announcement mailing list.

Quick-Start Installers

You can easily install a new wiki, blog, photo gallery, forum, CMS, guestbook, or Trac by simply running two commands at an Athena prompt:

add scripts

Web Script Service

Athena users and group lockers can serve CGI scripts (Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Scheme, etc.) on the web using the hosting service.

MySQL Service

This service provides MySQL databases to Athena users and group lockers. SQL commands can be issued from any host, client, and/or script of your choice; simply connect to the MySQL server at using your MySQL username and password.

Mail Script Service

You can use procmail scripts to configure scripts to act on e-mail sent to your account.

Scheduled Jobs Service

You can use cron to automatically run commands at specified times on

Development Blog

You can read about new features and changes to on our development blog.

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