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Release status: unmaintained
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Implementation Parser function
Description Display images from image hosting services as if they were stored locally.
Author(s) Robpol86 (Robpol86talk)
Latest version 2.0.0 (2013-02-07)
MediaWiki 1.18.2
PHP 5.2.3
Database changes Yes
License MIT License
Check usage and version matrix.

EImage allows users to display images from external image hosts as if they were stored locally. External images may be thumbnailed/resized/framed just like local images and the syntax used is very similar to MediaWiki's Images syntax. EImage can also overlay text on top of images (based on Template:Annotated image).

Some of the features of EImage are:

  • Display Imgur, Flickr, and regular image URLs.
  • Display titles or comments from the image host.
  • Overlay text ontop of images.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called EImage in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
    require_once "$IP/extensions/EImage/EImage.php";
  • Run the update script which will automatically create the necessary database tables that this extension needs.
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Syntax and Examples[edit]

EImage has three types of options:

The "main" options for displaying the image. This is similar to MediaWiki's Images.
Annotation Defaults
Default options that are applied to all annotations in the image.
This is a separate parser function for an annotation. You can have as many of these as you want.


The full syntax for displaying an image is:


Refer to http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Images for detailed descriptions. Below is a list of options available in EImage:

  • Image option: the ID or URL of the image to display
    Imgur usually has 5 to 7 character alphanumeric image IDs (e.g. KO5ZaTX) and Flickr has 10-digit image IDs (e.g. 8055532325).
    If a raw URL is entered, you will need to also specify the width and height.
  • Format option: one of border and/or frameless, frame, thumb
  • Resizing option: one of
    • {width}px
    • x{height}px
    • {width}x{height}px
  • Horizontal alignment option: one of inline and/or left, right, center, none
    The inline option displays the image(+frame) inline instead of as a floating block (it overrides the float option). Works best with none. Useful for displaying multiple thumbnails on one line.
  • Vertical alignment option: one of baseline, sub, super, top, text-top, middle, bottom, text-bottom
  • Link option: one of
    • link={target}
    • link=
    Currently only external links that start with http/https/ftp are supported.
  • Other specific options:
    • alt={alternative text}

If a parameter does not match any of the other possibilities, it is assumed to be the caption text. Captions support wiki-formatting. EImage will also replace any instance of !!TITLE!! or !!COMMENT!! with the title/subject metadata and with the comments/description metadata from the image host respectively. The same thing applies to alt=.

Some examples:

{{#eimage:8055532325|800px|thumb|none|inline|'''!!TITLE!!'''<br />!!COMMENT!!}}

Annotation Defaults[edit]

These options change the defaults for all annotations in an image (not all images). If no annotations are used, these are ignored:

  • Horizontal alignment option: aalign=
  • Background color option: abg=
    Default is transparent
  • Font family option: afamily=
  • Font size option: asize=
  • Font weight option: aweight=
  • Font style option: astyle=
  • Font shadow option: ashadow=
  • Font color option: acolor=
  • Line height option: aheight=


Each image can have any number of annotations. In the {{#eimage}} tag use the annot= option to specify an annotation. The value of annot= is another function called {{#eimagea}}. Below are the options available for {{#eimagea}}:

  • Horizontal alignment option: one of left, right, center, justify, inherit
  • Background color option: bg=
  • Font family option: family=
  • Font size option: size=
  • Font weight option: weight=
  • Font style option: style=
  • Font shadow option: shadow=
  • Font color option: color=
  • Line height option: height=

If a parameter does not match any of the other possibilities, it is assumed to be the annotation text. Annotations support wiki-formatting.

Some examples:

{{#eimage:7942213966|200px|thumb|acolor=white|This is the comment from Flickr: !!COMMENT!!
|annot={{#eimagea:10x20|This is an annotation.}}
|annot={{#eimagea:20x40|size=20|A bigger annotation.}}
|annot={{#eimagea:30x60|'''Bold Annotation'''}}
|annot={{#eimagea:40x80|shadow=-1px -1px 0 #000, 1px -1px 0 #000, -1px 1px 0 #000, 1px 1px 0 #000|Shadowed Annotation}}
|annot={{#eimagea:50x100|[http://google.com Linked annotation]}}
|annot={{#eimagea:60x120|right|This is a long and right justified anotation.}}


These are the sources I used for inspiration, ideas, and code.