MediaWiki skins manual - category
Release status: stable
Compatibility policy Snapshots releases along with MediaWiki. Master is not backwards compatible.
MediaWiki 1.30+
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
Example English Wikipedia, Wikimedia Skins Lab
Quarterly downloads 120 (Ranked 6th)
Public wikis using 10,913 (Ranked 3rd)
Public wikis using as default skin 238
Translate the Modern skin if it is available at
Vagrant role modern
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Modern is a MediaWiki skin. It was created in 2008. It was derived from the MonoBook skin.

In MediaWiki 1.23 and earlier, the Modern skin was maintained within the MediaWiki core repository. In MediaWiki 1.24 , along with other default skins, it was separated from core to its own repository. It remained bundled with MediaWiki until it was removed from the bundle in version 1.31. It has been available as a user option on Wikimedia wikis since its first version. It was also the default skin for the Toolserver wiki until Toolserver was shut down in 2014.


  • If using Vagrant , install with vagrant roles enable modern -p

Manual installation

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

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