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MediaWiki extensions manual
Release status: stable
Implementation Skin , MyWiki , Hook
Description Add button with link to a donation page
Author(s) WikiMANNia (WikiForMentalk)
Latest version 1.3.0 (2022-02-18)
MediaWiki 1.25+
PHP 5.6+
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
  • $wgDonateButton
  • $wgDonateButtonURL

The DonateButton extension allows a custom addition of a button with link to a donation page to a wikis sidebar . The button image is automatically adapted according to the language selection.


Install the extension and upload to the wiki a file as specified in $wgDonateButtonFilename. By entering * donatebutton in the MediaWiki:Sidebar , the button can be placed individually.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called DonateButton in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php :
    wfLoadExtension( 'DonateButton' );
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Configuration options[edit]

Enable the DonateButton. Default is false.

$wgDonateButton = true;

An image with this name should be uploaded on each wiki of your wikifarm.

  • Specify the link to a donation page.
$wgDonateButtonURL = "https://example.org/yourdonationpage.php?lang=";

The link is automatically completed by the code of the language selected by the user or alternatively by the $wgLanguageCode variable.

See also[edit]


  • This extension works from REL1_25 and has been tested up to MediaWiki version 1.39.0 .
  • The SkinBuildSidebar hook of several skins no longer allows images and HTML code to be placed in the sidebar.
    A solution for this circumstance is not yet known.
    As a minimal solution, a simple text link to the donation page is now given.
    This occurs in Skin Vector since REL1_35 and Skins Cologne Blue , Modern and MonoBook since REL1_37. Skin Timeless still works as usual.
  • Configuration of a donation link in Skin Minerva Neue.