Release status: stable
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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, ), as a result of the efforts of the Wikipedia Usability Initiative to improve Wikipedia user experiences and potentially draw in more contributor participation.
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 place the file(s) in a directory called
- Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
wfLoadSkin( 'MonoBook' );
- Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the skin is successfully installed. Done - Navigate to
To users running MediaWiki 1.24 or earlier:
The instructions above describe the new way of installing skins using
wfLoadSkin(), since MediaWiki 1.25. If you need to install this skin in earlier versions, instead of
wfLoadSkin( 'MonoBook' );, you need to use:
(To run an skin on an earlier release, you may need to download the version of it tagged for that release from Special:SkinDistributor.)
|This skin is being used on one or more Wikimedia projects. This probably means that the skin is stable and works well enough to be used by such high-traffic websites. Look for this skin's name in Wikimedia's CommonSettings.php and InitialiseSettings.php configuration files to see where it's installed. A full list of the skins installed on a particular wiki can be seen on the wiki's Special:Version page.|