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Release status: stable
Implementation Parser extension
Description Collect page statistics
Author(s) Charlot Cobben (Sen-Saitalk)
Latest version 1.0.8 (14-07-2022)
MediaWiki 1.35x
Database changes Yes
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
wikibasesolutions, page statistics
Make sure you update to at least version 1.0.6 due to a security risk

WSStats extension counts pageviews by user using the before page display hook. There is no client JavaScript run or any trackers installed.

  • Version 1.0.8 : Removed global references
  • Version 1.0.7 : Added statistics over time for pages
  • Version 1.0.6 : Fixed path to sql tables
  • Version 1.0.5 : Rewrote database queries to use MW database abstraction layer. extension manifest 2 and all user input is validated.
  • Version 1.0.4 : Security fix! Unhandled user input. Update to 1.0.4 as soon as possible.
  • Version 1.0.3 : Top X list changed as it no longer shows deleted pages
  • Version 1.0.2 : Catched request for title on a non-existing page
  • Version 1.0.1 : Code clean-up and i18n messages added
  • Version 1.0.0 : Added support for setting limit and export as WSArrays
  • Version 0.8.2 : Added support for filtering only unique visitors
  • Version 0.8.1 : adminlinks added
  • Version 0.8.0 : Clean Up
  • Version 0.1.9 : Fetch Title changes
  • Version 0.1.8 : Removed dbprefix class variable
  • Version 0.1.7 : Show top visited pages with date range. Show as csv option
  • Version 0.1.6 : Filter results on user or anonymous
  • Version 0.1.5 : Added more configuration options
  • Version 0.1.3 : Fixed error in MySQL
  • Version 0.1.2 : Skip usergroup results
  • Version 0.1.1 : Initial release


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called WSStats in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php :
    wfLoadExtension( 'WSStats' );
  • Run the update script which will automatically create the necessary database tables that this extension needs.
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Configuration parameters[edit]

By default Anonymous users and sysops are skipped from stats recording. To change this add following to LocalSettings.php..

Start with:


Allow statistics for anonymous users..

//Record anonymous users

Skip users in the following groups..

//Skip if user is in following groups

Count all hits..

$wgWSStats = array();
$wgWSStats['count_all_usergroups'] = true;
If you have set $wgWSStats['count_all']=true; then $wgWSStats['skip_user_groups'] is ignored.

Skip page with certain text in their referer url. Default action=edit and veaction=edit are ignored. This configuration option is case sensitive.

$wgWSStats['ignore_in_url'][] = 'Template:Test';
$wgWSStats['ignore_in_url'][] = 'action=edit';

Using the parser functions[edit]

To retrieve statistics you can use the following parser function :

Ask number of hits for page id : 9868

This returns a number


Ask number of hits for page id : 714 since start date 2018-09-01

This returns a number

|start date=2018-09-01}}

Ask number of hits for page id : 714 since start date 2018-02-01 and end date 2018-09-08

This returns a number

|start date=2018-02-01|end date=2018-09-08}}

Filter results on registered users or anonymous users

This returns a number

|start date=2018-02-01
|end date=2018-02-08
|type=only anonymous}}

This returns a number

|start date=2018-02-01
|end date=2018-02-08
|type=only user}}

Get the top ten pages sorted by hits

This returns a table


Get the top ten pages sorted by hits in a date range

This returns a table from 2018-02-01 00:00:00 up to 2018-02-08 00:00:00 ( so not including 2018-02-08 )

|start date=2018-02-01
|end date=2018-02-08}}

Get the top ten pages sorted by hits and show as csv

This returns a string with the results comma seperated (e.g. 1230;51,1;17,921)


Get the top ten pages sorted by hits and insert in a WSArrays variable

This returns an empty string and sets the WSArray key. Nothing happens when the WSArrays extension is not installed

|name=<wsarray key name>}}
Get the result from WSArrays:
{{#caprint:<wsarray key name>}} 

Get statistics of one page during a time period and limit to 100 results

New since version 1.0.7

This returns a table

|start date=2018-02-01
|end date=2021-02-08
|limit 100

For all queries you can add a unique identifier to only return unique views

This returns a table

|start date=2018-02-01
|end date=2018-02-08

This returns a table


For all top ten stats queries you can add limit to get less or more than ten results

This returns a table


Date format to use

Date formats
Date Translates to
2018-02-01 First of February 2018
2018-02-01 11 First of February 2018 at 11am
2018-02-01 11:15 First of February 2018 at a quarter past eleven in the morning
2018-02-01 14:15:30 First of February 2018 at a quarter past two in the afternoon and 30 seconds

If no statistics the result will be 0