Help:VisualEditor/The visual editor at Wikisources and Wiktionaries


Wikisource and Wiktionaries have the visual editor (VisualEditor) available as a Beta Feature since April 2016. You can use it on all content namespaces, except Page namespaces, on Wikisource, and on the main namespace on Wiktionary. (Please note it still needs development to work better with these projects.)

  1. To enable it: go to the Beta features tab of your Preferences and choose Visual editing.
  2. To choose your editing setting: go to the Editing tab, find Editing mode: and pick your favorite setting. You can choose whether you only want to see the visual editor tab, or if you prefer to get both the "Edit source" and the "Edit" tabs (the former will launch the wikitext editor; the latter will open the visual one).

You can learn more about the "single edit tab" system at That page details how to switch between editors via the buttons on the toolbars.

All edits using the visual editor will be tagged with "Visual edit" in recent changes, watchlists, and page histories. To access the User Guide for the visual editor, click on the "(?)" icon in its toolbar. If you wish to change your editing setting or to disable the visual editor, this can be done under "Editing" in your preferences.

There is a short guide at that you can follow (as if it was a "checklist") to learn about the community work necessary to adapt the visual editor, and its referencing system in particular, to your community's needs.


If you can translate from English into other languages, or know anyone who can, please follow the links below. You'll help your community get the best possible experience when it comes to interface messages and documentation related to the visual editor. After you click on any links, your language should be available from the drop-down menu on the right. Once you've selected it, you'll see the document in English side by side with any translation work already done in your language. You can add new translations or modify existing ones. The interface is hosted at; you'll need an account if you never translated there before. The user guide lives at, for which you can use your regular Wikipedia account. You're welcome to contact a community liaison whenever you need help.


Please report issues, if any, in Phabricator, the new bug tracking system or on the central feedback page (in any language) on There is also a dedicated thread on the English Wikisource. In case of emergency (like an unexpected bug causing widespread problems), please contact James Forrester, Product Manager for the visual editor, at or on IRC in the #mediawiki-visualeditor connect channel.

Deploying the visual editor at Wikisource has been possible thanks to recent efforts of volunteer developers Tpt and Coren, supported by Catrope, Jdlrobson and Jdforrester at the Wikimedia Hackathon 2016.

Happy editing!