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MediaWiki documentation

This is a technical manual for the MediaWiki software. It contains information for developers and system administrators on installing, managing and developing for the MediaWiki software.

This manual is not for end users of MediaWiki. If you are looking for documentation to help you use MediaWiki, read the MediaWiki Handbook.

Main sections

For system administrators

Guide to setting up a new MediaWiki installation.
DownloadDownload | Installing | Initial configuration
Alphabetical list of settings | Settings listed by function
System administrationManual:System administration
Guide to do administrative tasks on your wiki.
Backing up | Maintenance scriptsManual:Maintenance scripts
Guide to upgrade your MediaWiki installation.

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For developers

An overview of the key parts of MediaWiki's source code.
CodeManual:Code | Global object variablesManual:Global object variables | Doxygen-generated documentation
Database layoutManual:Database layout
Details about the database architecture used by MediaWiki.
MySQLManual:MySQL | PostgreSQLManual:PostgreSQL | SQLiteManual:SQLite | IBM DB2Manual:IBM DB2 engines
Developing extensionsManual:Developing extensions
An overview of the ways to create a new MediaWiki extension.
HooksManual:Hooks | Parser functionsManual:Parser functions | Tag | Special page | SkinsManual:Skins
Web access
Details about query string parameters that can be passed to MediaWiki access scripts.
index.phpManual:Parameters to index.php | api.phpAPI:Main page

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MediaWiki FAQ
Frequently asked questions about MediaWiki.

Browsing the manual

There are multiple ways to browse through the documentation. Readers having trouble finding a particular topic in the section above may find the following ways of browsing to be helpful.

Improving the manual

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