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Release status: stable

License GPLv2+

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MonoBook was the previous default skin for Wikimedia Foundation websites since MediaWiki's inception between 2002 and 2003, as the Phase III software that was designed to replace the old UseModWiki software that originally powered Wikipedia and the other Foundation wikis. After the switch to MediaWiki, it became the most popular and most widely supported skin in the library until it was finally supplanted by the Vector skin as the default on May 13, 2010 (MediaWiki 1.17, git #2833b07a), as a result of the efforts of the Wikipedia Usability Initiative to improve Wikipedia user experiences and potentially draw in more contributor participation.

Installation[edit | edit source]

This skin is included in the MediaWiki download tarball. You only need to install it separately if you installed MediaWiki using a different method.

  • Download and extract the skin in a directory called "MonoBook" in your skins/ folder.
  • Add the following code to your LocalSettings.php (at the bottom)
require_once "$IP/skins/MonoBook/MonoBook.php";
  • YesY Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the skin is successfully installed.