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Release status: stable
Implementation Parser function
Description Provides IDs using different ID algorithms
Author(s) Simon Heimler, Alexander Gesinn
Maintainer(s) gesinn.it
Latest version 2.0.2 (2022-02-02)
MediaWiki 1.31+
Database changes Yes
Composer gesinn-it/id-provider
License MIT License

The IDProvider extension provides the generation of (unique) IDs through different ID algorithms. They can be accessed through parser functions, API or as a static PHP function.


  • Download, extract and place the file(s) in a directory called IDProvider in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'IDProvider' );
  • 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.

Installation via Composer is broken.


The ApiSandbox will display and document all available options. All parameters are given as key values and work the same way whether you use the parser function, api or a static php call.

Through parser functions[edit]

This makes most sense in combination with Page Forms . There it can be used for auto-creating unique page titles.

You should avoid spaces within the parser functions if you use it as a parameter of a Page Form info tag.
{{{info|page name={{#idprovider-increment:Feature_|padding=5}} }}}





Through the API[edit]


  • api.php?action=idprovider-increment
  • api.php?action=idprovider-increment&prefix=Issue_&padding=8&skipUniqueTest=true


  • api.php?action=idprovider-random&type=uuid
  • api.php?action=idprovider-random&type=fakeid&prefix=Issue_&skipUniqueTest=true

IDProvider Example

Through a static PHP call[edit]

For more examples, take a look at the unit-tests.


$id = IDProviderFunctions::getIncrement(array(
	'prefix' => '___TEST___',
	'padding' => 8,


$id = IDProviderFunctions::getRandom(array(
	'type' => 'fakeid',
	'prefix' => 'PREFIX_',

See also[edit]