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Release status:Extension status unmaintained

ImplementationTemplate:Extension#type Special page
DescriptionTemplate:Extension#description Notifies of new updates
Author(s)Template:Extension#username Olivier Beatontalk
Latest versionTemplate:Extension#version 0.1.3 (2011-12-25)
PHPTemplate:Extension#php 5.3+
Database changesTemplate:Extension#needs-updatephp No
LicenseTemplate:Extension#license BSD 2-clause "Simplified" License
Download Extension website, pay what you want
Release notes
Added rightsTemplate:Extension#rights
  • view-special-update
  • action-special-update
Hooks usedTemplate:Extension#hook

Translate the Update extension if it is available at translatewiki.net

Check usage and version matrix.

The Update extension will display new releases of MediaWiki (stable) and new requirements for PHP and MySQL. In addition it will display new versions of installed extensions (that have MediaWiki pages). We hope to iterate and expand upon the functionality, please see the Roadmap for details and ideas.


Once installed, simply browse to the Special:Update page on your wiki. It should also appear in the list of special pages list, however on very old wikis you may need to browse to it directly.

Download instructions[edit]

You can download the extension from the author's website:

You can consult the CHANGELOG for version history.


To install this extension, add the following to LocalSettings.php:

#add configuration parameters here

User rights[edit]

You can assign new rights in the following manner:

$wgGroupPermissions['bureaucrat']['view-special-update'] = true;

Substituting bureaucrat with the desired group to gain the right.

Right Explanation
view-special-update Can view the Special:Update page and see what has older versions.
action-special-update Not currently in use, but eventually for doing one-click tasks like downloading or installing extensions.


It's hoped that you will enjoy the extension, and if you do, consider purchasing it as a pay-what-you-want scheme on the author's website.

If you find a bug or wish to make a feature request, you can add to or start a topic on the talk page or contact the author.


It has been tested with:

  • MediaWiki trunk 2011-09-25 stable 1.18.0, 1.17.1, 1.16.5, 1.15.5

For those of you who use older versions of MediaWiki. It does not work with:

  • MediaWiki 1.3.18

Also not working for newer versions

  • Mediawiki 1.23.6

See also[edit]