This page documents how to add new external libraries to MediaWiki core. We use composer to manage dependencies.
- Find your external library. It should be available on packagist, and have a tagged release that you wish to use.
- File a bug for requesting a security review of the library. Security reviews are required for any externally written code (not by a MediaWiki developer). Please add the MediaWiki-Vendor project to the task.
- Once the security review is approved, submit a patch to the mediawiki/vendor repository, adding the library.
- Your patch should use fixed version numbers (e.g. 1.0.0) so we always use a specific version of the library instead of depending upon the upstream maintainer to properly follow the semantic versioning rules as many don't.
- Upload your mediawiki/core patchset which uses the library and include a link to your mediawiki/vendor commit in the comments. (This step can be done earlier, but can't be merged until the security review is complete.)
- You will also need to update core's composer.json file in your patch (using a fixed version number)
- Go through the normal code review process. Once your code is ready for merging, the mediawiki/vendor patch should be merged, and then the mediawiki/core patch, so unit tests will be able to use the library.
For Wikimedia-deployed extensions, the process is similar. You will need to create a composer.json file for your extension listing your dependencies. In your extension.json file, set
"load_composer_autoloader": true, (documentation) so those dependencies are loaded.
The extension distributor automatically packages composer dependencies, so tarball users won't have to do it manually. You'll then need to add the library to the mediawiki/vendor repository after the security review is complete.