Protection is used to restrict the making of changes to a page (edit or move), the creation of a page, or the upload of a file.

MediaWiki handles existing and not-existing pages differently, because not-existing pages don't have a page ID. That's why protection information is stored in two different tables, and listing of such pages are separate.


Information about protected pages or titles is stored in the page_restrictions table (for editing restrictions on existing pages), or the protected_titles table (for page creation protection).

Special pages[edit]

A list of protected pages can be found at Special:ProtectedPages. A list of protected titles can be found at Special:ProtectedTitles.


A page can be protected with the protect API.

A list of protected pages can be retrieved with the allpages API, using the apprtype parameter. A list of protected non-existing titles (pages which have been protected to prevent their creation) can be retrieved with the protectedtitles API.

Protection levels of a title can be retrieved with the info API, using inprop=protection.

Maintenance scripts[edit]

The protect.php maintenance script can be used to protect and unprotect pages from the command line.


See also[edit]