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Release status:Extension status beta

ImplementationTemplate:Extension#type Special page
DescriptionTemplate:Extension#description Adds a special page that redirects to an article based on the given base36-encoded ID
Author(s)Template:Extension#username Yuvi Panda
Latest versionTemplate:Extension#version 1.2.0 (2014-03-28)
MediaWikiTemplate:Extension#mediawiki 1.16+
Database changesTemplate:Extension#needs-updatephp Yes
LicenseTemplate:Extension#license BSD 3-clause "Modified" License
  • $wgShortUrlTemplate

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ShortUrl is a special page extension that helps create shortened URLs for wiki pages, using their base36 encoded IDs. Adds a 'Short URL' link to the Toolbox. Primarily developed for use in the Indic Language Wikipedias.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called ShortUrl in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
wfLoadExtension( 'ShortUrl' );
  • Run the update script which will automatically create the necessary database tables that this extension needs.
  • YesY 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 extensions using wfLoadExtension(), since MediaWiki 1.25. If you need to install this extension in earlier versions, instead of wfLoadExtension( 'ShortUrl' );, you need to use:

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


  1. When installed redirects are available under Special:ShortUrl/<base36>.
  2. Links to redirects can be found in the Toolbox and under the heading (JavaScript only)


  1. (Optional) Run populateShortUrlTable.php maintenance script. Fills the shorturl database table with entries for all namespace/title parts of all currently existing articles.
  2. Set $wgShortUrlTemplate to the template of the path for generating short URLs. $1 is replaced with the actual short URL ID.

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