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Release status: beta

Implementation Special page
Description Allows new Video namespace for embeddable media on supported sites
Author(s) David Pean
Jack Phoenix
John Du Hart
Latest version 1.5
MediaWiki 1.23+
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
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Video is an extension that allows you to import videos from different video services, such as YouTube, Google Video or Metacafe. The extension adds two new special pages, Special:AddVideo, which all registered users or other users with 'addvideo' permission can access to add new videos to the site and Special:NewVideos, which lists all recently added videos. The extension also adds <videogallerypopulate> parser hook tag.

Video additions are logged into the video log at Special:Log/video.

This extension was originally written by David Pean for Wikia, Inc. Some code cleanup was done by Łukasz 'TOR' Garczewski and Bartek Łapiński for Wikia, Inc. and by Jack Phoenix for ShoutWiki.

Warning Warning: This extension is not feature-complete or otherwise suitable for a production-grade site yet! Please use Extension:YouTube or a similar alternative for the time being, unless you're a developer willing to develop this extension further.

Supported video providers[edit | edit source]

  1. DailyMotion
  2. Gametrailers
  3. Google Video
  4. MetaCafe
  5. MyVideo
  6. Sevenload
  7. South Park Studios
  8. Viddler
  9. Vimeo
  10. WeGame
  11. YouTube

Installation[edit | edit source]

  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called Video in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
require_once "$IP/extensions/Video/Video.php";
  • Run the update script which will automatically create the necessary database tables that this extension needs.
  • Patch your installation's includes/specials/SpecialUndelete.php by applying the patch from Video's patches directory
  • Done! Navigate to "Special:Version" on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Usage[edit | edit source]

After adding a video through Special:AddVideo, you can embed it into an article by using the syntax [[Video:Video's Name Here]] or <video name="Video's Name Here"/>.

To-do list/known bugs[edit | edit source]

  1. Make VideoPage::videoLinks() actually work (Special:WhatLinksHere support)
  2. Write the code for supporting 5min.com, Blip.tv, Nicovideo and Tangler.com

Developer Info[edit | edit source]

Provider classes for different video hosting sites are stored in the providers directory. Writing a new provider class is easy:

  1. copy the example provider class into the providers directory and name it accordingly (for example, ExampleVideo.php)
  2. autoload the new provider class in Video.php
  3. add the provider to Video::$providers
  4. enjoy!

Example provider class[edit | edit source]

class ExampleVideoProvider extends BaseVideoProvider {
	// Used to extract the $video_id from the URL
	protected $videoIdRegex = '#/watch/([a-zA-Z0-9_\-]+)/#';
	// Set this to the embed, and use $width, $height and $video_id appropriately
	protected $embedTemplate = '<object width="$width" height="$height"><param name="movie" value="$video_id">...etc';
	 * Gives all domains that this provider should respond to
	 * Second level domains are preferred
	 * @return array
	public static function getDomains() {
		return array( 'example.com' );
	 * Return the aspect ratio for the video player
	 * Just what the player is set to by default: Width / Height
	 * @return float
	protected function getRatio() {
		return 512 / 296;
	 * If there is more complexity to retrieving the $video_id for the embed
	 * code than a single regular expression, override this function.
	 * If you make an HTTP call (eg. to an API) you MUST cache it with $wgMemc
	 * @param string $url URL to extract the ID from
	 * @return bool|null|Object
	protected function extractVideoId( $url ) {
		// Check out HuluVideoProvider or Viddler for an example
	 * Override this function for cases where the HTML embed code is complex
	 * and has special cases.
	 * @return string Raw HTML to display the video
	public function getEmbedCode() {
		return '...';

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