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Release status: stable
Implementation Parser function
Description Allows to make redirects to external websites
Author(s) Dāvis Mošenkovs (DavisNTtalk)
Latest version 1.0.2 (2013-07-14)
MediaWiki MW 1.21+ (most likely works also on older versions)
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
Download Download instructions
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The ExternalRedirect extension allows to create redirects to external pages in wiki.

Use this extension only on write-protected wikis/namespaces! Abuse of this extension poses security risk.


A new parser function externalredirect with URL as first and only parameter is registered.

Place something like this on wiki page to make it redirect to external site:

{{#externalredirect: http://www.mediawiki.org}}

This allows, for example, to add external links to Categories (by placing pages with externalredirect in them).

Download instructions[edit]

Download both .php files from GitHub (feel free to move this repository to MediaWiki Git) and place them in $IP/extensions/ExternalRedirect/.

Note: $IP stands for the root directory of your MediaWiki installation, the same directory that holds LocalSettings.php .


To load this extension, add the following four lines to LocalSettings.php :
Load the extension from its source directory.


Populate this array with NUMERIC namespace IDs where external redirection should be allowed. Only allow on write-protected namespaces! See Manual:Namespace for more info on namespaces and numeric IDs. This example allows redirects from help pages (12) and pages from custom namespace with numeric ID 500.

$wgExternalRedirectNsIDs = array(12, 500);

Populate this array with page names (see magic word Extension:ExternalRedirect) where external redirection should be allowed. Only allow on write-protected pages! This example allows redirects from the wiki pages about Warren G. Harding and the Teapot Dome Scandal.

 $wgExternalRedirectPages = array('Teapot_Dome_scandal', 'Warren_G._Harding');

Whether to display link to redirection URL (along with error message) in case externalredirect is used where it is not allowed.

$wgExternalRedirectDeniedShowURL = false;


This extension is meant for usage only on write-protected wikis/namespaces/pages. Here is an example how to add a name space editable only by the sysops. In LocalSettings.php:

define("NS_MOVED", 500);
$wgExtraNamespaces[NS_MOVED] = "Moved";
$wgExternalRedirectNsIDs = array(500);

With version 1.0.2 there is introduced basic URL validation (using wfParseUrl()) which prevents seriously malformed URLs, but still allows redirection to arbitrary sites.