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Site Statistics: $wgDisableCounters
Disable page view counters.
Introduced in version: pre 1.1.0
Removed in version: 1.25.0 (git #90d90dad)
Allowed values: (boolean)
Default value: false
Other settings: Alphabetical | By function

Details[edit | edit source]

$wgDisableCounters determines whether or not to update the number of times a page has been viewed. If $wgDisableCounters is set to false, each page will have a counter in its footer saying: "This page has been accessed 256 times."

This setting also determines whether Special:PopularPages is available.

This variable is initialized in includes/DefaultSettings.phpManual:DefaultSettings.php. The initial value is false. To override the default value, add the line $wgDisableCounters = true; to the file LocalSettings.phpManual:LocalSettings.php.

The value of the counter is updated in includes/WikiPage.phpManual:WikiPage.php in the function doViewUpdates(). (In a previous version, this was includes/Article.phpManual:Article.php in the function incViewCount().) The variable $wgDisableCounters is also referred to in other script files.

Warning Warning: Once disabled you will lose the correct view counts forever!

Note Note: If you are using squid caching, you will want to disable these counters, as squid caching prevents mediawiki from seeing all requests, which makes these counters inaccurate.

Alternatives[edit | edit source]

If performance problems due to high hit counts updating the pageManual:page table table is a concern, a less dramatic alternative to disabling them may be to tweak $wgHitcounterUpdateFreqManual:$wgHitcounterUpdateFreq.

You can also retrieve such statistics through your apache (or squid if using squid caching) request logs.

Disabled in 1.25.0. See Requests for comment/Removing hit counters from MediaWiki core and other alternatives

See also[edit | edit source]