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Release status: stable
Implementation Variable , Parser function
Description add a preference to show if the user is currently present or not on the wiki
Author(s) IAlextalk
Latest version 2012-05-25 (continuous updates)
  • 1.20.3 for the current version
  • 1.19.0 for the current version
  • 1.16 alpha for the current version
  • 1.11.0 for older versions
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
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This extension adds a preference to allow each user to select his status and show it on his user (talk) page. The user can use {{ONLINESTATUS}} or {{RAWONLINESTATUS}} to show it. It will also add a subtitle on the page if he checked the check box in his preferences.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called OnlineStatus in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
    require_once "$IP/extensions/OnlineStatus/OnlineStatus.php";
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Running it[edit]

After installing the extension, there will be a new preference that will allow users to select his status and a check box to select if the status should also be displayed with a subtitle. You can display it using:

  • {{ONLINESTATUS}}: a formatted (and translated) string describing the status (exactly the same you can see near the radio boxes in Special:Preferences).
  • {{RAWONLINESTATUS}}: the internal name of the level.
  • {{#anyuseronlinestatus:}}: get online status of any user on any page, if you want the raw version, pass a non empty second parameter.

Note that {{ONLINESTATUS}} and {{RAWONLINESTATUS}} can only be used on user (talk) pages and subpages.
The status can be set in MediaWiki:Onlinestatus-levels, one status per line and each line containing a status has to begin with *. If you add new status, you'll have to create two new messages per status:

  • MediaWiki:Onlinestatus-toggle-name: will appear on Special:Preferences and {{ONLINESTATUS}} magic word
  • MediaWiki:Onlinestatus-subtitle-name: will be the subtitle of user page if he select this status.


The extension also add {{#anyuseronlinestatus:}} parser function that allows to fetch status of any user in the wiki. If you don't want this feature, set $wgAllowAnyUserOnlineStatusFunction to false in LocalSettings.php file.

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