Release status: stable
|Description||Allows to add maps to pages as a frontend to mapping services|
|Author(s)||Yuri Astrakhan (yuriktalk)|
|Example||See below on this page|
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The Kartographer extension lets you display maps (based around OpenStreetMap) in wiki pages. It was specifically designed in order to run on Wikimedia sites such as Wikivoyage and Wikipedia, although it can be used on any wiki.
Kartographer defines the wikitext tags
<maplink>, which both display a map on the page. See Help:Extension:Kartographer for how to call these tags.
- Install the "JsonConfig" extension as described in its documentation which is required to run this extension.
- Download and place the file(s) in a directory called
- Only when installing from git run Composer to install PHP dependencies, by issuing
composer install --no-devin the extension directory. (See T173141 for potential complications.)
- Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
wfLoadExtension( 'Kartographer' );
- Configure as required.
- 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( 'Kartographer' );, you need to use:
|Enables Wikivoyage mode.|
|Allows Kartographer to extract CSS style to be used by the link from the GeoJSON.|
|Defines if the map will be a static image.|
|Enables the tag <mapframe> to be used and create static or interactive maps.|
Kartographer makes use of a suite of open-source, open-data tools for displaying maps:
- On the client side (within the browser):
- On the server side:
- Generating the data in advance:
- A simple method to insert a map into an article without requiring common.js code changes
- Ability to add extra information (marks, area, popups, text, links) to the map
- Ability to gather map usage statistics (KPI) to better gauge how and what should be improved.
- TBD: experimentation - if the user is aware of the privacy implications, the map should be able to show external data from non-production source, e.g. wmflabs. Static, server-side rendered images will not include the extra data added via this method until the extra data source is hosted in the secure production environment and can be shown without the user action.
Wikivoyage tends to have a large number of points of interest (POIs), such as museums and restaurants, listed on a page (see example and scroll down to the "See" section). Each POI is usually added with a template, but all of them should appear on the same map. Also, each POI should be referable by showing an icon with a number, both in the text of the article, and on the map:
- Ability to incrementally add features to the map. For example, each usage of the restaurant template adds a single POI, and the map shows all of them.
- Added features need to be indexable. E.g. the first restaurant template would show  on the page, and map would show POI as a clickable  element. There could be multiple index counters at the same time, each for its own type of POIs.
See the corresponding project(s) in Phabricator for a complete list of bugs.
Conflict with FlaggedRevs
Because of technical issues, some Wikipedias that implement a specific setting of Extension:FlaggedRevs cannot show the mapframe tag.
Geoshapes not rendered
Sometimes, the geoshapes are not rendered. See phab:T218097. This could be primarly be used (as of 2019 Nov) to display openstreetmap as basemap and location data. For geoshapes, the work around is to store the geojson as a map file and then dislay. Or an alternative is to use external link to overpass turbo site.
|This extension is being used on one or more Wikimedia projects. This probably means that the extension is stable and works well enough to be used by such high-traffic websites. Look for this extension's name in Wikimedia's CommonSettings.php and InitialiseSettings.php configuration files to see where it's installed. A full list of the extensions installed on a particular wiki can be seen on the wiki's Special:Version page.|