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Release status: beta
Implementation User interface
Description Tools to enhance discussion pages
Author(s) Wikimedia Editing team
Latest version continuous updates
Compatibility policy Snapshots releases along with MediaWiki. Master is not backward compatible.
MediaWiki 1.35+
Database changes Yes
Tables discussiontools_subscription
License MIT License
Help Help:DiscussionTools
  • $wgDiscussionToolsTimestampFormatSwitchTime
  • $wgDiscussionTools_visualenhancements_newsectionlink_enable
  • $wgDiscussionTools_topicsubscription
  • $wgDiscussionToolsTalkPageParserCacheExpiry
  • $wgDiscussionToolsEnable
  • $wgDiscussionTools_sourcemodetoolbar
  • $wgDiscussionTools_visualenhancements_reply_icon_languages
  • $wgDiscussionToolsReplyIndentation
  • $wgDiscussionToolsABTest
  • $wgDiscussionToolsBeta
  • $wgDiscussionTools_autotopicsub
  • $wgDiscussionToolsEnablePermalinksBackend
  • $wgDiscussionTools_visualenhancements
  • $wgDiscussionToolsShowFeedbackLinks
  • $wgDiscussionToolsAutoTopicSubEditor
  • $wgDiscussionTools_visualenhancements_pageframe
  • $wgDiscussionTools_visualenhancements_reply
  • $wgDiscussionToolsConflictingGadgetName
  • $wgDiscussionTools_newtopictool
  • $wgDiscussionTools_replytool
  • $wgDiscussionToolsEnableMobile
Quarterly downloads 151 (Ranked 68th)
Public wikis using 930 (Ranked 285th)
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The Discussion Tools extension is a forthcoming set of tools to enhance discussion pages. As of 2020, it is being built by the Editing team as part of the talk pages project .

User documentation is at Help:DiscussionTools .

Some features can be disabled on individual pages and sections as described at Help:DiscussionTools/Magic words and markup .


Also, Extension:Echo is required if you want to use the topic subscriptions feature.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called DiscussionTools in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php :
    wfLoadExtension( 'DiscussionTools' );
  • Run the update script which will automatically create the necessary database tables that this extension needs.
  • Also in LocalSettings.php, ensure that you have a timezone set and $wgFragmentMode set in html5.
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.



Setting name Default value Description
$wgDiscussionToolsEnable true Enable DiscussionTools on talk pages.
$wgDiscussionToolsBeta false Make DiscussionTools a beta feature .
$wgDiscussionToolsEnable2017Wikitext false Enable the 2017 wikitext editor for wikitext replies (not yet supported).
$wgDiscussionToolsEnablePermalinksBackend true Enable the permalinks backend (Special:GoToComment). See Extension:DiscussionTools/How it works#Permanent links.
$wgDiscussionToolsReplyIndentation 'invisible' Reply indentation syntax to use: 'invisible' (use <dl><dd> tags to output : in wikitext) or 'bullet' (use <ul><li> tags to output * in wikitext).
$wgDiscussionToolsShowFeedbackLinks false MW 1.40+ Show "Share feedback about this feature" links in the footer of reply tool and new topic tool.
$wgDiscussionToolsConflictingGadgetName 'convenientDiscussions' Internal name of the Convenient Discussions gadget, which conflicts with the reply tool. Reply tool will be unavailable when the user has this gadget enabled.

Integration with other extensions[edit]

DiscussionTools can integrate with PlaceNewsection for to put the location of where added new topic will begin to be placed.

See also[edit]