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Development on this extension is discontinued. It is no longer available for MediaWiki ≥ 1.24. Please migrate to the TimedMediaHandler extension.
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Release status:Extension status unmaintained

ImplementationTemplate:Extension#type Media
DescriptionTemplate:Extension#description Integrated support for Ogg Theora, Vorbis, Speex
Author(s)Template:Extension#username Tim Starlingtalk
MediaWikiTemplate:Extension#mediawiki 1.11 - 1.23
Database changesTemplate:Extension#needs-updatephp No
LicenseTemplate:Extension#license GNU Lesser General Public License 2.1 or later

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The OggHandler extension allows you to display Ogg audio and video files in wiki pages, using the same syntax as for image files. It also has limited support for metadata display on file description pages.

Syntax synopsis[edit]

Where Video.ogg is an Ogg Theora file and Audio.ogg is an Ogg Vorbis file:

Display a video at its nominal size. Displays a still image from the midpoint with a play button to start an embedded player.
Show a placeholder for a sound file, with a play button to start an embedded player.
Show a video in a floating thumbnail box
Show a video embedded in an image gallery
[[File:Video.ogg|noicon]], [[File:Audio.ogg|noicon]]
Hide the help icon.
[[File:Video.ogg|noplayer]], [[File:Audio.ogg|noplayer]]
Show still image or placeholder icon only, do not embed player.
Use a frame from 1 minute 25 seconds into the video as the placeholder image. A single number is taken as an offset in seconds.

Client support[edit]

We have explicit support for the following video players:

We have generic support for clients which claim to support application/ogg in navigator.mimeTypes, and for clients which recognise the <video> tag.

See Test matrix for more information. Clients with no player available are directed to Client download.


The extension can be retrieved directly from Git [?]:

  • Browse code
  • Some extensions have tags for stable releases.
  • Each branch is associated with a past MediaWiki release. There is also a "master" branch containing the latest alpha version (might require an alpha version of MediaWiki).

Extract the snapshot and place it in the extensions/OggHandler/ directory of your MediaWiki installation.

If you are familiar with git and have shell access to your server, you can also obtain the extension as follows:

cd extensions/
git clone https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/p/mediawiki/extensions/OggHandler.git


To install this extension, add the following to the end of your LocalSettings.php:

require( "$IP/extensions/OggHandler/OggHandler.php" );


After the require line, add this to your LocalSettings.php:

$wgFFmpegLocation = '/usr/bin/ffmpeg';

you may need to change the path to your ffmpeg. You can find yours by typing: which ffmpeg

You can get better results from oggThumb if you have version 0.9 (unreleased?) of oggvideotools installed, which you will probably have to do from source. (oggvideotools 0.8 does not work as it is missing required output options.)

$wgOggThumbLocation = '/usr/local/bin/oggThumb';

Installing ffmpeg on debian[edit]

On debian 4 (etch) to 6 (squeeze) execute: "apt-get update; apt-get install ffmpeg ffmpeg2theora". You may also like to have a look at aptitude search ffmpeg


Requires FFmpeg and PEAR. Requires web access to $wgScriptPath/extensions/OggHandler. See the README file for more information.

See also[edit]


This extension was formerly in use on Wikimedia projects. There it was replaced by the TimedMediaHandler extension.

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