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Release status: beta
Implementation Tag
Description Allows to return one or more randomly selected pages
Author(s) Aurelian Oancea
Latest version 0.5.0 (2018-04-06)
Compatibility policy Snapshots releases along with MediaWiki. Master is not backward compatible.
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 3.0 or later
  • <randompages />
Quarterly downloads 5 (Ranked 157th)
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The Random Pages extension returns one or more randomly selected pages. The original version 0.2 doesn't work with MediaWiki 1.25+ (Original URL: http://locknet.ro/). Now version 0.5.0 supports all MediaWiki 1.25+ version.


RandomPages adds a new MediaWiki wiki parser tag: <randompages />

Available options
Name Type Description Default
limit int to control how many links should be fetched randomly from the database 150
namespace bool true to restrict only to the global namespace false
levels int levels of CSS applied to each entry 5
 <randompages limit="10" namespace="true" levels="10" />

Gets 10 random pages from the global namespace with 10 levels of style


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

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