Extension:Scribunto/Example extension

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This page may be used as a resource for people trying to extend Scribunto's library with their own extensions.


As with a conventional extension, this file is mostly boilerplate. I'm extracting a lot of information from the file name.


$ndExtensionName = basename( __FILE__, '.php' );
$ndExtensionLuaPath = __DIR__ . '/' . $ndExtensionName . '.lua';
$wgAutoloadClasses[$ndExtensionName] = __DIR__ . '/' . $ndExtensionName . '.body.php';
$wgExtensionMessagesFiles[$ndExtensionName] = __DIR__ . '/' . $ndExtensionName . '.i18n.php';
$wgHooks['ScribuntoExternalLibraries'][] = 'nd' . $ndExtensionName . 'Setup';

$wgExtensionCredits[$ndExtensionName][] = array(
	'path' => __FILE__,
	'name' => $ndExtensionName,
	'author' => 'A Concerned Citizen',
	'url' => 'https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:' . $ndExtensionName,
	'description' => 'The ' . $ndExtensionName . ' library for Scribunto.',
	'version' => 0.0,

function ndScribuntoLuaSocketSetup( $engine, array &$extraLibraries ) {
	$extraLibraries['mw.ext.' . $GLOBALS['ndExtensionName']] = 'Scribunto_LuaSocketLibrary';
	return true;


The body file contains a rudimentary extension of the Scribunto_LuaLibraryBase class, which registers the interface for this library.


class Scribunto_LuaSocketLibrary extends Scribunto_LuaLibraryBase {
	function register() {
		$this->getEngine()->registerInterface( $GLOBALS['ndExtensionLuaPath'], array(), array() );


The internationalization file is fairly simple, although I'm probably screwing it up.


$messages['en'] = array(
	'scribuntoluasocket' => 'ScribuntoLuaSocket',
	'scribuntoluasocket-desc' => 'ScribuntoLuaSocket, an extension adding LuaSocket support to Scribunto.',


With an existing library[edit]

My particular scenario, which may not apply to anyone else, is that I wanted to use LuaSocket to allow fetching the raw content of certain pages and so forth. (This is a private wiki, so I'm not worried about the security implications.)

Of course, simply typing local socket = require 'socket' in a Module: page didn't work. So what to do? Write an extension, apparently.

In the attempt to figure out how the hell this is done, I've figured out the following, which, unfortunately, does not work (it says that 'socket' is not found. Providing absolute and relative paths does not seem to work either, presumably because of the restrictions on the extension's version of require.). I'm not sure if there's any way around this.

local ScribuntoLuaSocket = require 'socket'
local php

function ScribuntoLuaSocket.setupInterface( options )
	-- Remove setup function
	ScribuntoLuaSocket.setupInterface = nil

	-- Copy the PHP callbacks to a local variable, and remove the global
	php = mw_interface
	mw_interface = nil

	-- Do any other setup here

	-- Install into the mw global
	mw = mw or {}
	mw.ext = mw.ext or {}
	mw.ext.ScribuntoLuaSocket = ScribuntoLuaSocket

	-- Indicate that we're loaded
	package.loaded['mw.ext.ScribuntoLuaSocket'] = ScribuntoLuaSocket

return ScribuntoLuaSocket