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Release status: stable
Implementation Parser function
Description Adds a parser function to search, format and display search results in wiki pages
Author(s) Sophivorustalk
Latest version 2.1
MediaWiki >= 1.39.0
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 3.0 or later
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The SearchParserFunction extension adds a parser function to search, format and display search results in wiki pages.


  • Download and move the extracted SearchParserFunction folder to your extensions/ directory.
    Developers and code contributors should install the extension from Git instead, using:cd extensions/
    git clone https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/mediawiki/extensions/SearchParserFunction
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'SearchParserFunction' );
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.


Basic usage[edit]


This will search for pages that contain "foo" and return the results as a list of links, like so:

You can use all available search operators. For example, if you're using CirrusSearch:

{{#search:foo incategory:Bar linksto:Baz}}

See Help:CirrusSearch for all available search operators (or Help:Searching if you're not using CirrusSearch).

Note! The current page will be excluded from the search results.


  • namespace - Namespace to search, defaults to 0 (see namespace constants). Separate multiple values with commas.
  • limit - Max number of results, either an integer or 'max', defaults to 10.
  • offset - Number of results to skip, defaults to 0, useful to access results beyond the 'max' limit.
  • profile - Ranking algorithm to use, defaults to let the engine decide.
  • what - Type of search to perform, either 'text', 'title' or 'nearmatch', defaults to 'text'.
  • interwiki - Include interwiki results in the search, if available.
  • rewrites - Enable internal query rewriting, for example to correct spelling mistakes.
  • sort - Sorting criteria, defaults to 'relevance'.
  • format - Format of the search results, defaults to 'list' (see below for more).

For example, to get the name of the latest file that has "foo" in the title:

{{#search: foo
| namespace = 6
| limit = 1
| what = title
| sort = create_timestamp_asc
| format = plain



Returns an unordered list (<ul>) of search results, linked to their pages. For example:


Returns the total number of search results as a plain number.


Returns a comma-separated list of plain titles, for example:

Foo, Bar, Baz

This format is designed for further processing. For example, using the #arraymap function of Extension:PageForms:

{{#arraymap: {{#search:foo}} | , | @ | [[@]] | <br> }}

This would output the search results one below the other and linked to their pages, like so:


If some of the titles contain commas, you can change the separator like so:



Returns a JSON object for further processing, for example in a Lua module.

Note that this format returns the entire output from the Search API, not just the search results.


Returns the search results wrapped in a template. The search result title is passed to the template as an unnamed parameter {{{1}}} and may be used or ignored.

For example, if a template named "Search result" contained the following:

<div style="border: 1px solid #aaa; border-radius: 10px; margin: 1em 0; padding: 1em; max-width: 600px;">

Then a query like the following:

{{#search: foo
| format = template
| template = Search result

Would output the following:



Use this hook to customize the query to the Search API.


Use this hook to add or modify search result formats.

See also[edit]