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Krauss (talkcontribs)

About the instrution to use h1.firstHeading, h1.firstHeading { display: none; }, it is wrong.
My Mediawiki <body> have only "invalid page" classes: sitedir-ltr, ..., mw-special-Badtitle, page-Especial_Título_inválido, rootpage-Especial_Título_inválido.

There are no replacement for "page-Main_Page" as stated by instruction.

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

Do you mean every page on your wiki has mw-special-Badtitle ? That would be a bug

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How to disable diacritic/special characters in the URL

ZielonaMrowka (talkcontribs)

My mediawiki (1.30.0) page is in Polish and the mediawiki converts page titles to url in 1:1 style - it means that page named Truteń will have url that contains Truteń with the Polish diacritic character "ń". This causes code 400 error to appear when I'm trying to preview pages that contain polish diacritic letters (ąęćśźżółń) in Facebook Sharing debbuger. Those also do not display informations from extensions (excerpts from pages while sharing). Miracously main page works, even though it has diacritic characters in its url ("Strona główna").

How can I disable those characters? I can also add that I'm almost total newbie and am using OVH services (the cheapest plan they had). Here is an example page -ń

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

It doesn't seem to be a problem now. Maybe you fixed it?

Reply to "How to disable diacritic/special characters in the URL" (talkcontribs)

It seems that many mediawiki pages / api tend to timeout and this is a frequent question and sometimes mistaken for a bug. It would be good to add something like this :


... is a page not opening within seconds?

A special page, api or page may timeout if it can't be generated within minute. While this is expected behaviour in many cases, sometimes this can be caused by software issues either with the site or with the browser.
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How do I create a Wiki powered by Media Wiki?

Qubosucks (talkcontribs)

I am getting tired of Fandom, how do I make wikis on this?

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)
Hpfan592 (talkcontribs)

Do you need to have a hosted website accessible before downloading the software? If yes, how does the software interact with the hosted website?

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RobDBlack (talkcontribs)

I want to import the Wiki I developed on to MediaWiki. Can anybody tell me how to do it?

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)
TerryKing (talkcontribs)

Wikispaces is going away. HELP!!

Wikispaces Sez they can export the wikispaces wiki as :


  • MediaWiki - this is a conversion of your wikispaces data into mediawiki ( dialect"

Anyone done this?? Help??


Regards, Terry King

...In The Woods in Vermont, USA

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs) (talkcontribs)

I made a [] to import Wiki from Wikispace into MediaWiki.

This tool can import pages, files, images, users and history.

Ilhooq42 (talkcontribs)

I made a script to import Wiki from WikiSpaces into MediaWiki. This tool can import pages, files, images, users and history.

Dminer3 (talkcontribs)

Your script is amazing. Where are the users imported to? I have a problem in that it didn't seem to import the email or passwords for the users so I want to clean out them so I can get them to re-register. (talkcontribs)

Ilhooq42 that looks amazing.

I am trying to run this script and when I do nothing happens. I suspect that my environment may not have all the tools installed needed to run this script. I don't seem to have the MediaWikiServices.php file in the Includes directory of the wiki, but I'm not sure if I'm looking in the right place. Any advice? (talkcontribs)

Ignore previous comment - I got the script to run. Thank you so much for this script!

Tgr (WMF) (talkcontribs)

I started a page to have a single hub of discussion for this: Wikispaces. Please help improve it!

2001:470:E499:1:200:0:0:7B (talkcontribs)

Class MWFileProps not found

When I run the import script, I get the above. Any idea how to fix or work around? I'm trying to import two paid wikis (not free ones). I'm using mediawiki 1.27.4



Tgr (WMF) (talkcontribs)

The logic was in FSFile::getPropsFromPath pre 1.28. It makes little sense to migrate to such an old version of MediaWiki, though - the latest long-term-support version is 1.31.

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How do I remove and no access a tab on all pages?

1 (talkcontribs)

it's can remove tab on all pages.

add MediaWiki:Common.css

#ca-viewsource { display:none!important; }

It came to be invisible, but I can access it, by inputting by URL etc....

How can I make it impossible to access?

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Create Composite Diagram Using the Automation Interface

Emmablisa (talkcontribs)

I need to use the EA Automation Interface from Java to create some diagrams in EA - something for which there are examples. However I also want to make some of the diagrams composite diagrams linked to an element in the model.

In EA itself it's just a question of right clicking on the element, selecting Add and then Select Composite Diagram but I can't see anywhere in the Automation Interface where I can create this relationship.

Does anyone know how to do this?

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

What relation has EA with MediaWiki (and this FAQ page)?

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translation: MediaWiki:Common.js is deleted

Omotecho (talkcontribs)

I am translating the page, and on <code>Translations:Manual:FAQ/197/ja</code> per , <code>MediaWiki:Common.js</code> is deleted. Do you update the document?

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

The document is correct. Although the page is deleted on, it may be created to add that code. In fact, on every new wiki the page doesn't exist but can be created.

Omotecho (talkcontribs)

Thank you for reply, and more question has popped up in that case. By any chance, is there any better sentence(s) to describe the situation, that you are supposed to guess while the page has been deleted but it is there since it’s still useful ? Or, should someone de-delete the link? My reasoning: As this is a FAQ page, the frequently given “answer” should be direct and give, ideally, one-stop solution. If any guess work is required to turn to its Talk page, why we need FAQ page for?

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

I don't see why a deleted MediaWiki:Common.css page can cause confusion. On this wiki, the functionality of hiding the sidebar when pressing F11 (which is the subject of the FAQ entry) is not present. This means the code provided on the page isn't in MediaWiki:Common.js. MediaWiki:Common.js is not just a random page: if you look at it (even after being deleted) it has content: /* Any JavaScript here will be loaded for all users on every page load. */. This means it invites any user (which can edit it) to add whatever script they want to be executed for all users. If you need more information, look at Manual:Interface/JavaScript for other places where scripts can be added.

Omotecho (talkcontribs)

Your advice is very helpful for me, and now I see deleted page on MediaWiki is meaningful, isn’t it? My misunderstanding as I read with my novice background, or quite defferent from deleting page in WP. I will take time and comprehend that part in the FAQ page before coming back to translate it into ja. Cheers

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

Pages in the MediaWiki: namespace are special, they are used by the software. You can see more information in Help:System message

Omotecho (talkcontribs)

Yes, I will try translate the page you pointed me to.

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Sumanchand (talkcontribs)

Hello Sir,

I am Suman Majumder.

I am novice in Mwdiawiki. Currently I am using mediawiki v1.29.2.

I want to implement OTP secure login here. After username and password authentication user will get an OTP in mobile. I have gone through the backend coding but it is too difficult to find out login process where I need to implement the same.

Kindly help me..............

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I've downloaded and install MediaWiki on my localhost. Works fine, but I've got some troubles making everything work.

Here's the thing: MediaWiki's simple. But when it comes to adding (for example) an infobox, I'm stuck. I've read many how-to tutorials on how to add infobox templates and create infoboxes, and none of them has worked. I've add CSS and JS, installed extensions such as Scribunto, added the corresponding line in LoclSettings.php, but every website gives a different version of what to do...

Anyway. Can someone give me the download link of a MediaWiki bundle/package that already contains all the required files, extensions and templates (Wikipedia has all the templates, so they exist, right? I've followed many tutorials and tried so many things I don't know what's wrong (and a ready-to-use MediaWiki version would really be awesome, avoiding headaches during the setup process).

As you can read, I'm a beginner, so I don't know much about MediaWiki. Please let me know what are my options.

Thanks a lot,


Seb35 (talkcontribs)

There are different types of things: extensions (installed on the server by the server administrator) and templates (can be written by any editor on the wiki). For the extensions, there is no "standard" installation: MediaWiki comes with 10-15 basic extensions, but it is up to you to activate them depending on your needs, and there are many other extensions (with varying quality).

For the templates, you can export some pages including all templates contained in the page with en:Special:Export (for English Wikipedia), but to the extend of my knowledge there is no "bundle" of templates. There are projects to create a central repository containing useful templates (see here) but it’s only a project for now.

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