Manual:User rights (older versions)

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The default Special:Userrights interface

This page describes user rights assignment and the use of $wgGroupPermissions , $wgAddGroups /$wgRemoveGroups , $wgGroupsAddToSelf /$wgGroupsRemoveFromSelf and Special:Userrights.

This page is for older versions of MediaWiki (before 1.12), refer to Manual:User rights for user rights and user groups in more recent versions.

Default[edit]

MediaWiki version: 1.5

The default setting is:

$wgGroupPermissions['bureaucrat']['userrights'] = true;

This means that a user in the 'bureaucrat' group can add/remove any group, using Special:UserRights. Default Settings can be overloaded in the LocalSettings.php file from the root website.

Managing user rights of certain groups[edit]

This can be set using $wgAddGroups and $wgRemoveGroups . Introduced in 1.11, and behavior changed in 1.12. For earlier versions you will need to use an extension.

1.11[edit]

MediaWiki version: 1.11

Set the following in your LocalSettings.php file:

Here are some examples, assuming you haven't changed anything yet (so bureaucrat still has his default 'userrights' right).

  • Example: Setting this lets the specified user level remove groups. It does not, however, let them add any.
$wgRemoveGroups['bureaucrat'] = true;
  • Example: Setting this lets the specified user level add the specified groups. It does not, however, let them remove any.
$wgAddGroups['bureaucrat'] = array( 'sysop', 'bot' );
  • Example: Setting this lets a sysop add and remove the specified group.
$wgAddGroups['sysop'] = array( 'bot' );
$wgRemoveGroups['sysop'] = array( 'bot' );
$wgGroupPermissions['sysop']['userrights'] = true;

1.12[edit]

MediaWiki version: 1.12

Here are some examples, assuming you haven't changed anything yet (so bureaucrat still has his default 'userrights' right).

  • Example: If a group (bureaucrat in this case) can remove any right. Bureaucrat can't add any groups.
$wgRemoveGroups['bureaucrat'] = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['bureaucrat']['userrights'] = false; # Disable the whole Special:Userrights interface.
  • Example: If a group (bureaucrat in this case) can add only some groups (sysop and bot groups in this case). Bureaucrat can't remove any group.
$wgAddGroups['bureaucrat'] = array( 'sysop', 'bot' );
$wgGroupPermissions['bureaucrat']['userrights'] = false; # Disable the whole Special:Userrights interface.
  • Example: You want a sysop to be able to add/remove the bot group, and a bureaucrat be able to add/remove all groups.

Set the following in your LocalSettings.php file:

$wgAddGroups['sysop'] = array( 'bot' );
$wgRemoveGroups['sysop'] = array( 'bot' );
This is for sysops. A bureaucrat has the 'userrights' right by default, so you don't need to set this unless you changed it in your LocalSettings.php.

Managing user rights of users on foreign wikis[edit]

MediaWiki version: 1.12

This can be set using the right "userrights-interwiki", for example:

$wgGroupPermissions['bureaucrat']['userrights-interwiki'] = true;

All wikis you want to manage should be added to $wgLocalDatabases . You can add this setting to LocalSettings.php (e.g. $wgLocalDatabases = array('cool' => 'coolwiki', 'foo' => 'foowikidb');)

In pre-1.12 versions you have to use Extension:Makesysop .

Automatically promote users[edit]

MediaWiki version: 1.12

This can be done using $wgAutopromote . By default, there is a group "autoconfirmed". Until 1.13 there was another default group called "emailconfirmed":

$wgAutopromote = array(
    'autoconfirmed' => array( '&',
        array( APCOND_EDITCOUNT, &$wgAutoConfirmCount ),
        array( APCOND_AGE, &$wgAutoConfirmAge ),
    ),
    'emailconfirmed' => APCOND_EMAILCONFIRMED,
);

Allow users to manage groups specifically on themselves[edit]

MediaWiki version: 1.12

This replaces Extension:Resign .

Extensions[edit]

There are various extensions for user rights management. See Category:User rights extensions for a full list of them. Below are alternative ways described using core instead of extensions.

GiveRollback [edit]

Alternative ways for 1.11 and 1.12. Note that the actions are now logged in Special:Log/rights, not in Special:Log/gvrollback.

MediaWiki version: 1.11
  • Alternative way for the GiveRollback extension, for version 1.11 only.

Do not forget to replace 'other groups' by the groups a bureaucrat should be able to add/remove, e.g. 'sysop'!

$wgAddGroups['bureaucrat'] = array( 'bot', 'other groups' );
$wgRemoveGroups['bureaucrat'] = array( 'bot', 'other groups' );
$wgGroupPermissions['bureaucrat']['userrights'] = true; # They need access to Special:Userrights
$wgGroupPermissions['rollback']['rollback'] = true; # Add the actual group
MediaWiki version: 1.12
  • Alternative way for the GiveRollback extension, for version 1.12 only.

Do not forget to replace 'other groups' by the groups a bureaucrat should be able to add/remove, e.g. 'sysop'!

$wgAddGroups['bureaucrat'] = array( 'rollback', 'other groups' );
$wgRemoveGroups['bureaucrat'] = array( 'rollback', 'other groups' );
$wgGroupPermissions['bureaucrat']['userrights'] = false; # Disable the whole Special:Userrights interface
$wgGroupPermissions['rollback']['rollback'] = true; # Add the actual group

MakeBot [edit]

Alternative ways for 1.11 and 1.12. Note that the actions are now logged in Special:Log/rights, not in Special:Log/makebot.

MediaWiki version: 1.11
  • Alternative way for the MakeBot extension, for version 1.11 only.

Do not forget to replace 'other groups' by the groups a bureaucrat should be able to add/remove, e.g. 'sysop'!

$wgAddGroups['bureaucrat'] = array( 'bot', 'other groups' );
$wgRemoveGroups['bureaucrat'] = array( 'bot', 'other groups' );
$wgGroupPermissions['bureaucrat']['userrights'] = true; # They need access to Special:Userrights
MediaWiki version: 1.12
  • Alternative way for the MakeBot extension, for version 1.12 only.

Do not forget to replace 'other groups' by the groups a bureaucrat should be able to add/remove, e.g. 'sysop'!

$wgAddGroups['bureaucrat'] = array( 'bot', 'other groups' );
$wgRemoveGroups['bureaucrat'] = array( 'bot', 'other groups' );
$wgGroupPermissions['bureaucrat']['userrights'] = false; # Disable the whole Special:Userrights interface

See also[edit]