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Release status: stable
Implementation User interface
Description Allows a per-namespace skin
Author(s) Alexandre Emsenhuber (IAlextalk)
Latest version 2018-01-28
MediaWiki 1.25+
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
  • $wgSkinPerNamespace
  • $wgSkinPerNamespaceOverrideLoggedIn
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The SkinPerNamespace extension allows to specify a per-namespace skin that can be configured in $wgSkinPerNamespace, but this will also override users preferences, to avoid this you can set $wgSkinPerNamespaceOverrideLoggedIn to false.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called SkinPerNamespace in your extensions/ folder.


You can configure this extension with the following variables:

  • $wgSkinPerNamespace: array mapping namespaces index (i.e. namespaces numbers and not names) to a skin name. Use all lower case name for skin, like monobook, modern, ... otherwise it simply won't work. Example:
    $wgSkinPerNamespace[NS_TALK] = "modern";
    $wgSkinPerNamespace[NS_PROJECT] = "cologneblue";
Note: you can find the constants in includes/Defines.php.
  • $wgSkinPerSpecialPage: skins for special pages, mapping canonical name (see SpecialPage::$mList in SpecialPage.php) to skin. This overrides $wgSkinPerNamespace[NS_SPECIAL]. Example:
    $wgSkinPerSpecialPage['Search'] = "modern";
    $wgSkinPerSpecialPage['Recentchanges'] = "chick";
  • $wgSkinPerNamespaceOverrideLoggedIn, if set to true (default value), it will also override the the skin for logged in users, to avoid this you can set it to false and $wgSkinPerNamespace will only apply to anonymous users.

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