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Release status: stable
Author(s) HM100
Latest version


0 (2021-09-22)
Compatibility policy Snapshots releases along with MediaWiki. Master is not backwards compatible.
MediaWiki 1.36+
PHP 7.3+
License GNU General Public License 3.0 or later
Example Example on MediaWiki Skins Wiki
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Evelution is a skin designed to provide a MediaWiki appearance that it is as close to Fandom's FandomDesktop skin. If you like to send us a bug report, do it so via the GitHub issues or via our SkinEvelution support server.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called Evelution in your skins/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
wfLoadSkin( 'Evelution' );
  • Yes Done - Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the skin is successfully installed.


As of version 4.3.0, Evelution allows you to configure it with some of the known configuration options.


Those configurations must be put into LocalSettings.php


Configuration options that are still able to be changed:

Option Type Default value Since Until Documentation
$wgEvelutionLeftPersonalLinks Boolean false 4.3.0 still in use If true, the alignment of the .upper-links contnainer in the personal links will be set to left instead of center.
$wgEvelutionDisableColorManagement Boolean false 4.3.0 still in use If true, disables access to Visual colors and the theme chooser. Likewise, it uses a hardcoded theme with colors taken from the Vector skin.
$wgEvelutionForceOneHeader Boolean false 4.3.0 still in use If true, on screens with 705 pixels or more, disables the desktop community header and forces the desktop sticky community header to be always visible.
$wgEvelutionDisableRightRail Boolean false 5.0.0 still in use If true, disables the right rail that appears on appears on all pages (Except Special Pages and MediaWiki Pages) while on ?action=view.
$wgEvelutionServerMode Boolean false 5.1.0 still in use If true, changes the layout to be more server/development wikis-friendly (No Desktop Local Navigation, Addition of Left actions link before the content (Which has the local navigation menus), smaller page header title, full width Small Breakpoint size and no right rail on Help and Project Namespaces)
$wgEvelutionCustomFont String "" 5.3.0 still in use If set, sets the font family of the skin to a different font than the ones used primarily aka Didact Gothic
$wgEvelutionStickyRail Boolean true 8.1.0 still in use If false, it removes the sticky behavior of Right Rail on larger screens with 700 pixels or more. $wgEvelutionDisableRightRail must be set to false in order for this to work.


Configuration options that were once able to be changed, but were later removed from a later version:

Option Type Default value Since Until Documentation
$wgEvelutionIconStyle String "outlined" 5.5.0 6.1.0 It settled the style of Material Icons. Values allowed: outlined, filled, rounded, sharp, two-tone. Values outside the allowed ones resulted in outlined icons.
$wgEvelutionIconWireframe Boolean true 6.2.0 8.0.0 If false, it removed the default outline set to icons, making them look like filled.

URL Parameters[edit]

As of version 7.6.0, Evelution has its own URL parameters that will temporary enforce specific use of a feature (Such as Different theme) for the current page load. Those can be mixed such as ?safemode=1&usecpetheme=B&usecolormode=dark&hidenavbar=true


Option Accepts Since Until Documentation
usecpetheme String 7.6.0 still in use Sets the active theme (0/theme-A/A for the 1st theme, 1/theme-B/B for the 2nd theme, 2/theme-C/C for the 3rd theme or 3/theme-D/D for the 4th theme). Invalid strings will use the 1st theme.
usevisualstyle String 7.6.0 still in use Takes a valid visual style name and applies it. (basic, contrast, simple, classic and standard are currently valid). Invalid ones will use standard visual style.
usevisualcolors String 7.6.0 still in use Takes a valid visual color pack name and applies it. (factorycolors, lunacolors, classicforced, campbellforced, forced, tangoforced, rgbcolors, retro, retro2, retro3, retro4, retro5, retro6, retro7, fandomcolors, candycrush, candycrush2 and standard are currently valid). Invalid ones will use standard visual colors.
usecolormode String 7.6.0 still in use Takes a valid color mode and applies it. (auto, auto-r, light and dark are valid). Invalid ones will use auto color mode.
fullwidth Boolean 7.6.0 still in use If true, content width is full otherwise fixed.
hidetoolbar Boolean 7.6.0 still in use If true, personal links start collapsed otherwise shown.
hidenavbar Boolean 7.6.0 still in use If true, sticky header starts collapsed otherwise shown.
hiderail Boolean 7.6.0 still in use If true, right rail starts collapsed otherwise shown. Has no effect on small screens and when no right rail appears.


Option Accepts Since Until Documentation
usefilter String 7.6.0 9.4.0 Took a valid color filter name and applied it. (invert, night, gray, darkgray, yelblk, bluwht and standard were valid). Invalid ones will use no filter.


  • Evelution has been tested and works with VisualEditor.
  • Evelution fetches article and image counts from Special:Statistics. As of Version 3.9.0, it also fetches edit and user counts from the said page.
  • An "In other languages" dropdown will appear in the bottom of the left sidebar if the page has interlanguage links added.
  • A "Language Variants" dropdown will appear in the bottom of the left sidebar for wikis that have a language with variants set as default (Such as Chinese)
  • There is an html class for the currently active theme until 9.6.0 (theme-A, theme-B, theme-C or theme-D) or the theme attribute with value either set to A, B, C or D from 9.7.0 onwards. Several attributes to the body element, all related to theme properties are also present.
  • Evelution has its support server and GitHub repository links in the left sidebar. As of Version 3.3.0, a link pointing to its Documentation is also added.
  • Evelution displays the Sitenotice (If present) above the article name.
  • All footer-places links found in the MediaWiki footer in many skins such as Vector are shown in the "Explore" dropdown menu residing on the upper links in the left sidebar.
  • As of version 2.6.0, if the Echo extension is installed, a Notifications link pointing to Special:Notifications will appear in the bottom links of the left sidebar, before the themes dropdown.
  • As of version 2.7.0, a floating toolbar has been added and it is attached to the content space container. This toolbar has seven important links and is not customizable without custom JS. As of version 3.0.0, it can be collapsed. As of version 3.2.0, similar behavior has been added to the sticky local navigation
  • Starting with version 3.1.1, Evelution uses local storage to store its settings for the Article Width (Between Fixed and Full), Toolbar Display (Between Full or Collapsed) and Active theme (Between the four themes) into database keys eve-pref-content-full, eve-pref-toolbar-full and eve-pref-active respectively. These apply to a specific wiki on the Evelution Skin on a single browser.
  • As of version 3.4.0, Evelution supports Large Desktops otherwise known as devices with 1500 pixels in width or more by providing larger typography sizes and content width. As of Version 3.6.0, Evelution likewise supports Mobile Phones otherwise known as devices with 704 pixels in with or less. Those get an article layout similar to the mobile side of MonoBook. Version 3.7.0 contains three different sub-breakpoint sizes for the Mobile Breakpoint.
  • As of version 3.8.0, support for different Visual Styles (Modifying the Layout) and Visual Colors (Overriding colors set by the wiki) has been added with several of them being included. More of them will be added through releases. Those settings are preserved through page reloads. As of version 6.6.0, those are translatable into other languages.
  • As of version 4.4.0, icons embedded using the OOUI library are now adapting to the text color of the parent element, allowing them to be in colors other than black, white, red, green, yellow and blue.
  • As of version 4.8.0, a right rail has been added. It has an activity module which has a tranclusion of Special:RecentChanges with minimal formation to be in line with the same module on Fandom's FandomDesktop skin. A information module is also available which contains information about the wiki in brief. This info is empty by default and its content is editable at MediaWiki:Eve-about-module-info message. As of Version 4.10.0, right rail can be collapsed. As of version 5.1.0, right rail sizes is at 275px for medium screens, 300px for large screens and 325px for XL screens
  • As of version 5.3.0, Logo support has been evolved. The wordmark is fetched from $wgLogos['icon'] if exists like past releases, with fallback to either $wgLogos['x1'] or $wgLogo if one of them exist. Otherwise, no wordmark appears. The Site Title, while still being a text mark, if $wgLogos['wordmark'] exists, the wordmark set takes place over the textmark (But appears at a constant size across brekpoints). Wordmark will appear masked so as it can adapt wiki's theme. Width and height set to the wordmark is ignored as it sets the size automatically.
  • As of Version 6.7.0, Evelution respects system's native dark mode. This will trigger a special phenomenon called Inverted Colors. This work was completed with version 7.5.0
  • As of Version 7.10.0, a built-in Theme Designer applet has been Added. It is accessible at CPE ThemeDesigner page and content put inside that page will be overwritten by that applet. This does not load the current theme but rather works as an interactive applet for generating new themes. Users can also test the theme to see how well it fits. This work was completed with version 8.0.0. Starting from version 10.6.0, it is accessed instead at Special:CPEThemeDesigner with CPE ThemeDesigner page being an alias to the corresponding special page (But with visible right rail)
  • As of Version 8.12.0, a series of floating action buttons have been added to Evelution, akin to FandomDesktop skin. This work was completed by 8.14.0
  • As of version 9.1.0, Evelution supports displaying user's avatar in global navigation but only if SocialProfile is installed on the wiki.
  • As of version 11.17.0, if $wgLogos['evelution-nostickylogo'] is set, no logo will appear in the Sticky Navigation
  • Version 13.0.0 onwards has various changes to make skin feel more responsive

See also[edit]

  • Skin:Cosmos a skin with similar design
  • Skin:Tunic a skin starting from version 2.0.0 that also uses CPE Language