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API Explorer

Release status:Extension status stable

ImplementationTemplate:Extension#type Special page
DescriptionTemplate:Extension#description Allows to interactively explore the documentation of the MediaWiki API
Author(s)Template:Extension#username Sean Colombo http://seancolombo.com
Latest versionTemplate:Extension#version 1.0 (September 2011)
MediaWikiTemplate:Extension#mediawiki 1.18.* or greater
LicenseTemplate:Extension#license No license specified
ExampleTemplate:Extension#example API Explorer on LyricWiki

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Check usage and version matrix.


The purpose of this extension is to provide a friendly interface for viewing the API documentation. Eventually, this extension should be made to allow example-calls right from the same area.


  • Depends on the Javascript API client maintained by Wikia.
  • The API must be enabled on the wiki where this extension is running (because the extension uses the API to generate the documentation about the API).


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called ApiExplorer in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
    require_once "$IP/extensions/ApiExplorer/ApiExplorer.php";
  • YesY Done - Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Future plans (where you can help)[edit]

  1. Update the API to return example URLs
  2. Show example URLs in the results
  3. Allow example URLs to be clicked to execute the query & return the results in a small panel.
  4. Allow modification of the URLs which make example-calls so that the user can tweak them in real-time to see the effects.


The API Explorer running on a Wikia wiki