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Release status: experimental
Implementation Special page
Description Provides access to the maintenance scripts via a special page.
Latest version 0.5.0
MediaWiki >= 1.37.0
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
  • $wgMaintenanceShellPath
Quarterly downloads 24 (Ranked 142nd)
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The MaintenanceShell extension provides access to the maintenance scripts via a Special Page.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called MaintenanceShell in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'MaintenanceShell' );
  • Configure the user rights and grant yourself access to that group from a bureaucrat account.
  • 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( 'MaintenanceShell' );, you need to use:

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



By default the extension lists maintenance scripts of MediaWiki core. Change this path to a different directory if you'd like to list different scripts instead (of a certain extension for example).

User rights[edit]

This right (for security reasons not assigned to any group by default) grants the right to use Special:MaintenanceShell.
// Grant access to Special:MaintenanceShell to the "developer" user group:
$wgGroupPermissions['developer']['maintenanceshell'] = true;

# Or

// Create a new "maintenanceshell" user group for Special:MaintenanceShell:
$wgGroupPermissions['maintenanceshell']['maintenanceshell'] = true;


Go to page Special:MaintenanceShell