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Release status: beta
Implementation Special page , Tag
Description Allows users to create a list of favorite pages.
Author(s) Jeremy Lemley (Jlemleytalk)
Latest version 1.1.3 (2019-11-04)
Compatibility policy Snapshots releases along with MediaWiki. Master is not backwards compatible.
PHP 5.3+
MediaWiki 1.36 Not formally tested
MediaWiki 1.34 Not formally tested
MediaWiki 1.32 Not formally tested
Database changes Yes
License No license specified
Example Favorites-parser.jpg
  • $wgFavoritesPersonalURL
  • $wgUseIconFavorite
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The Favorites extension makes it easy for users to add pages to their personal favorites list with just one click, so they can browse through them again later or share their favorites with others. It creates a new special page that contains a list of Favorites for each user, similar to the Watchlist. It also allows for the list of favorites to be publicly embedded on a page using a tag.


Users add items to the Favorite list by either selecting Favorite from the navigation menu, or by clicking the Star icon (if implemented - see Configuration parameters). Conversely, removing a Favorite from the list is a matter of clicking Unfavorite or clicking the Star a second time. Users can also edit their list through the Special:Favoritelist page using the same features included with the Watchlist.

Parser Tag[edit]

You can dynamically embed favorites on any page or template using the following tag:


This tag takes the following arguments:

  • The "editlink" argument will add a link at the bottom of the list that will allow the user to edit their list of favorites.
  • The "userpage" argument will allow you to display your favorites on your user page. This argument will only work on a user page. Of course, leaving this argument off will display the logged-in user's own list, even while viewing someone else's user page.
  • If both arguments are combined, the edit link will display, but it will take the user back to their list of favorites, not those of the user they are viewing. This could get confusing, so it's not recommended.


<favorites editlink=true />
<favorites userpage=true />

Special Page[edit]

This extension also creates a new Special page called "Special:Favoritelist". This special page allows users to view or edit their list of favorites. A link to this page can be added to the Personal Urls section of MediaWiki. See Configuration parameters for more details.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called Favorites in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
    wfLoadExtension( 'Favorites' );
    // Optional parameters:
    // Add a Star icon for selecting favorites:
    // $wgUseIconFavorite = true; 
    // Add a "My Favorites" link to the personal URLs area:
    // $wgFavoritesPersonalURL = true;
  • 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.

To users running MediaWiki 1.24 or earlier:

The instructions above describe the new way of installing this extension using wfLoadExtension(). If you need to install this extension on these earlier versions (MediaWiki 1.24 and earlier), instead of wfLoadExtension( 'Favorites' );, you need to use:

require_once "$IP/extensions/Favorites/Favorites.php";

Database Update[edit]

This extension also requires a new table in your database.

The easiest way to do this is to run MediaWiki's standard updater (your designated database user needs to have CREATE rights on your MediaWiki database):

php maintenance/update.php 

If you do not have command-line access to your server, you can manually apply the favorites.sql file's commands to your database. Remember to use the proper table prefix, if applicable.

Installation can be verified through Special:Version


The $wgUseIconFavorite parameter will use the same "Star" icon that is included with the Vector Watchlist. If you are already using the Star icon for your watched items, you may want to set $wgVectorUseIconWatch to false in LocalSettings.php.

The $wgFavoritesPersonalURL parameter adds a link to "My Favorites" to the Personal Urls section of MediaWiki next to "My Watchlist".


Most extensions can be removed by deleting them and editing LocalSettings.php to remove references to it. Since this extension makes changes to your database, removing it additionally requires undoing database changes. It's as simple as removing the favoritelist table from the database.

If you have access to your database using a tool like PHPMyAdmin, you can just delete the table. For commandline access or to use a script, you would use this command:

drop table favoritelist;

Update v1.1[edit]

As of March 2015, Favorites was updated for use in MediaWiki 1.23 and greater. Along with this update, it now uses Ajax to add items to Favorites, just like the Watchlist functionality.