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Release status: unmaintained
Implementation Tag
Description Embeds Flickr images
Author(s) Ike Hecht (Tosfostalk)
Latest version 2.0.2 (July 2021)
Compatibility policy For every MediaWiki release that is a Long Term Support release there is a corresponding branch in the extension.
MediaWiki 1.35
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
  • $wgFlickrAPIDefaults
  • $wgFlickrAPIKey
  • $wgFlickrAPISecret
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The FlickrAPI allows you to embed Flickr images into your wiki. It is intended as a replacement for Extension:Flickr and is mostly backwards-compatible, but note that the configuration variables have changed. It uses the phpFlickr library.

This extension was created for WikiWorks.


  • Download and move the extracted FlickrAPI folder to your extensions/ directory.
    Developers and code contributors should install the extension from Git instead, using:cd extensions/
    git clone https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/mediawiki/extensions/FlickrAPI
  • Only when installing from Git, run Composer to install PHP dependencies, by issuing composer install --no-dev in the extension directory. (See task T173141 for potential complications.)
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'FlickrAPI' );
    $wgFlickrAPIKey = ' /*FLICKR API KEY HERE*/ ';
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Note Note: You'll need an API key from Flickr. Get it here.

When installing from Git, please note that this extension requires Composer.

So, after installation from git, add the line "extensions/FlickrAPI/composer.json" to the "composer.local.json" file in the root directory of your wiki like e.g.

	"extra": {
		"merge-plugin": {
			"include": [

Now run composer update --no-dev from the top level of your MediaWiki installation.


  • $wgFlickrAPIKey - Required. Your Flickr API key goes here.
  • $wgFlickrAPISecret - The API secret from Flickr. This is optional and right now it probably doesn't do anything.
  • $wgFlickrAPIDefaults - Array that contains the default values for the extension for when the <flickr> call does not specify certain options. Defaults to: [ 'type' => 'frameless', 'location' => 'right', 'size' => '-' ];


Embed a Flickr image using the tag: <flickr>id|type|location|size|caption</flickr>

The only mandatory parameter is id. The others can be omitted and the defaults will be applied from $wgFlickrAPIDefaults.

The Flickr ID of this photo.
The display type. This can be set to: thumb, frame or frameless.
The horizontal alignment. This can be set to: right, left, center or none.
The size to use for the image. This can be set to: s, t, m, - or b. See this page for more info.
The caption to display for the image. If omitted, the default caption will be the photo's title in Flickr. Note that no caption is ever displayed if type is set to frameless.

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