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Release status: stable
Implementation Tag
Description Enables the use of hieroglyphs with additional syntaxes
Author(s) Guillaume Blanchard, Max Semenik and others
Latest version continuous updates
Compatibility policy Snapshots releases along with MediaWiki. Master is not backward compatible.
MediaWiki >= 1.42.0
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
Public wikis using 1,500 (Ranked 196th)
Translate the WikiHiero extension if it is available at translatewiki.net
Issues Open tasks · Report a bug

The WikiHiero extension allows the addition of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs from text written in accordance with the Hieroglyph coding manual syntax.


See the Hieroglyph coding manual for details. [need link]

In brief:

- - separator
: - subdivision
* - juxtaposition
! - end of line
\ - reverse an asymmetric character
V - rotate character [only a few are supported, e.g. Y1, Y1V]

Each hieroglyph is given a unique code:

  • A letter [A-Z + Aa] that represents the hieroglyph category (human, god, bird, etc.)
  • A number that represents the rank in this category [1-...]

This unique code is an extension of Gardiner's list of hieroglyphs.

The Hieroglyph coding manual allows the use of the more common phonemes as well as unique code.

For details, see WikiHiero's syntax .


  • Download and move the extracted wikihiero 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/wikihiero
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'wikihiero' );
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.


Test with some example wiki text.

The following code:


should produce the following output:



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