Skin:MonoBook

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This skin comes with MediaWiki 1.1 and above. Thus you do not have to download it again. However, you still need to follow the other instructions provided.
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MonoBook
Release status: stable
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MediaWiki 1.29+
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
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Example https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?useskin=monobook
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MonoBook is a skin. It was the previous default skin for Wikimedia Foundation websites since MediaWiki 1.3 (2004), as the replacement for the old Standard skin.

Later, it adapted support for responsive web design for narrow, mobile phone displays.

Installation[edit]

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 MonoBook in your skins/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
wfLoadSkin( 'MonoBook' );
  • Yes Done - Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the skin is successfully installed.

Historical notes[edit]

It became the most popular and most widely supported skin in the MediaWiki ecosystem until it was finally superseded by the Vector skin as the default on May 13, 2010 (MediaWiki 1.17, git #2833b07a), as a result of the efforts of the Wikipedia Usability Initiative to improve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. It served as a common backup for Vector and is still present on many wikis using older versions of MediaWiki software. See Layout design document and MediaWiki 1.3 comments and bug reports for related discussions during MonoBook's development.

Current status[edit]

In 2013, MonoBook became primarily supported by volunteer developers, not the Wikimedia Foundation. As of 2019, it is one of the four volunteer-supported skins used on Wikimedia projects: MonoBook, Timeless , Cologne Blue , and Modern .