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Release status:Extension status unmaintained

ImplementationTemplate:Extension#type User interface
DescriptionTemplate:Extension#description Displays a category stepper box allowing one to navigate forward and backwards alphabetically through one or more categories a page is in.
Author(s)Template:Extension#username Robert Leverington (RobertLtalk)
Latest versionTemplate:Extension#version 1.5
MediaWikiTemplate:Extension#mediawiki 1.11 or higher
LicenseTemplate:Extension#license GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
Download Template:WikimediaDownload/svn
Hooks usedTemplate:Extension#hook

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The CategoryStepper extension displays a category stepper box allowing one to navigate forward and backwards alphabetically through one or more categories a page is in, as specified via a MediaWiki: namespace page or the $wgCategoryStepper configuration variable.

Bugs and feature requests should be added to MediaZilla under the 'MediaWiki extensions' product and 'CategoryStepper' component.


  1. Download the latest snapshot and extract it to your extensions directory.
  2. Add require_once( "extensions/CategoryStepper/CategoryStepper.php" ); to LocalSettings.php.
  3. Enjoy!


Two methods of configuring this extension are offered.

Array in LocalSettings.php[edit]

Set the $wgCategoryStepper variable in LocalSettings.php to an array of category names to the title of the category box.

For example:

$wgCategoryStepper = array( 'Astronauts' => 'Astronauts Box Title' );

Message in the MediaWiki namespace[edit]

Alternatively set $wgCategoryStepper = false; in LocalSettings.php, and edit the MediaWiki:Categorystepper page to set the categories.

For example:

* Astronauts|Astronauts Box Title


The category stepper box will automatically appear on all pages that are within a category that is configured within the extension.


Version Release date Comments
1.1 2008-01-19 Original version.
1.2 2008-01-20 Added missing space in i18n file.
1.3 2008-02-16
  • No longer render on edit, protect or delete pages.
  • Allow modification of categories and title via the MediaWiki:categorystepper page.
1.4 2008-02-17 The second parameter of each row on the MediaWiki:categorystepper page is now optional and defaults to the first parameter.
1.5 2008-02-26
  • Default styling now applied.
  • Added README.
  • ltrim() now used instead of preg_replace().