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Release status: beta
Implementation Parser function
Description Access to Wikibase entities from wikis that are not linked to a Wikibase site.
Author(s) Sam Wilson (Samwilsontalk)
Latest version 3.1.3 (2024-05-25)
Compatibility policy Master maintains backward compatibility.
MediaWiki >= 1.38
Database changes No
Composer samwilson/unlinked-wikibase
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
Help Help:Extension:UnlinkedWikibase
  • $wgUnlinkedWikibaseEntityTTL
  • $wgUnlinkedWikibaseSitelinkSkippedLangs
  • $wgUnlinkedWikibaseSitelinkSuffix
  • $wgUnlinkedWikibaseBaseQueryEndpoint
  • $wgUnlinkedWikibaseQueryTTL
  • $wgUnlinkedWikibaseStatementsParserFunc
  • $wgUnlinkedWikibaseBaseUrl
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The UnlinkedWikibase extension provides access to Wikibase entities from wikis that are not linked to a Wikibase site. For example, a private wiki with a page about Goats could retrieve metadata from the Wikidata item Goat (Q2934) and display it in an infobox. See the help page for more information about using it.


  • Download and move the extracted UnlinkedWikibase 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/UnlinkedWikibase
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'UnlinkedWikibase' );
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.


Breaking change: When upgrading from 2.0 to 3.0, note that mw.ext.UnlinkedWikibase.getEntity() has changed to return 1-index arrays rather than 0-indexed as previously. For example, the value of the first title (P1476) claim should be found with item.claims.P1476[1].mainsnak.datavalue.value.text rather than item.claims.P1476[0].mainsnak.datavalue.value.text.


To link to a different Wikibase other than Wikidata, set the following two configuration variables:

$wgUnlinkedWikibaseBaseUrl = 'https://xxx.wikibase.cloud/wiki/';
$wgUnlinkedWikibaseBaseQueryEndpoint = 'https://xxx.wikibase.cloud/query/sparql';

Entities and queries are cached for 1 and 60 minutes respectively. These can be changed as follows:

$wgUnlinkedWikibaseQueryTTL = 3600;
$wgUnlinkedWikibaseEntityTTL = 60;

Note that $wgUnlinkedWikibaseEntityTTL can be set to null if you wish to use the maintenance script to refresh the cache (see below for details).

To enable an experimental {{#statements:}} parser function that operations similarly to the Wikibase parser function of the same name, add the following to LocalSettings.php:

$wgUnlinkedWikibaseStatementsParserFunc = true;

Note that this is experimental and may require changes to make it compatible with the new parser (e.g. requiring the |from= parameter).

Maintenance script[edit]

There is a maintenance script that can be used to update the cached Wikibase entity data. It's of most use if you set $wgUnlinkedWikibaseEntityTTL = null, which will prevent the external requests from being run (other than the first time).

Run it as follows:

$ php ./maintenance/run UnlinkedWikibase:UpdateEntities

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