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Release status:Extension status stable

ImplementationTemplate:Extension#type Tag, Parser function
DescriptionTemplate:Extension#description Pull data from an external webservice into a wiki page
Author(s)Template:Extension#username Chris Reigrut, Key Bank / Key Equipment Finance
Latest versionTemplate:Extension#version 0.3.0 (03/20/2009)
MediaWikiTemplate:Extension#mediawiki 1.11 - 1.13
LicenseTemplate:Extension#license No license specified
Download Extension:Webservice#Installation


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

Check usage and version matrix.

This extension allows you to easily include information from an external webservice into a wiki page. For instance, you could pull data from a web page, an XML feed, etc.

It currently requires an internal version of tidy and PHP5. I'll likely add external Tidy and pre-PHP5 support at some point.


This is a function extension primarily, and takes three parameters (in order):

The full url of the webservice that you wish to use
The wikitext to insert into the page--additionally, anything between % signs will be replaced with the result of executing that text as an XPath string on the document returned from the URL.
Currently, there are three possible options:
  • IE - Impersonate Internet Explorer (by changing the user-agent)
  • TIDY-XHTML - Run tidy on the document returned from the URL, converting it to XHTML
  • COOKIE:key=value - Insert a cookie specified by the key and value into the request headers
  • ENCODING:value - The encoding of the web service information (needed by Tidy: see The Tidy documentation for valid values). Defaults to utf8.


{{#webservice:http://www.w3c.org|The title of the webpage at http://www.w3c.org is %//html/head/title%}}


  1. Create a directory called Webservice in your extensions directory
  2. Download webservice.php into your Webservice directory


If you are behind a proxy (i.e. you have set $wgHTTPProxy in LocalSettings.php), you can set an additional variable $wgHTTPProxyExceptions which is an array of URL patterns to exclude from the proxy. For example:

$wgHTTPProxyExceptions = array(

would exclude any URLs that end in key.com, keybank.com or mdd.com.

Changes to LocalSettings.php[edit]


Revision History[edit]

0.3.0 (03/20/2009)
Minor fixes to error handling

Sites using this extension[edit]

Please add your site (and a link if it is public) to the list! Thanks!

  • Key National Finance WiKey (internal intranet)