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ManageWiki is a MediaWiki extension developed for Miraheze that allows wiki administrators, bureaucrats, or local founder to easily modify their wikis settings. They are able to do basic things such as changing the logo, enable extensions like VisualEditor or Flow, create user groups and customize every action a given group of users can (not) do, among other things.


By default, bureaucrats have the ability to access Special:ManageWiki, however, any user with the managewiki permission will be able to access the page.


Basic settings

  • Database name - The first option in ManageWiki is the database name of your wiki. This is the same as the subdomain (* of the wiki when it was first requested except it has the suffix wiki.
  • Sitename - The second option is the name of your wiki. This is generally a short word or phrase that sums up the purpose or subject of your wiki. It is also the name of an entire namespace in your wiki, generalized as being the Project:namespace. For example, on this wiki (Meta), the project namespace can be reached by linking to either Meta:About or Project:About.
  • Private - The Private checkbox modifies the visibility of your wiki. Any wiki with this feature enabled can only be read by users in the administrator or user groups.
  • Closed/Inactive - The Closed and Inactive checkboxes are enabled automatically when the wiki begins fulfilling the requirements of the Dormancy Policy. If either of these is selected on your wiki, and you wish to continue the project, you can disable them and continue contributing. Please note that it is not possible to contribute on a Closed wiki.
  • Language - The third option is for language and it should be whatever language your wiki is supposed to be read in. It will change the language of the interface to the selected language for all users, however it can be changed through user's preferences. If your wiki is not turning up in the language you selected, please first check to make sure that you don't have any other language selected in preferences, then file a bug report on phabricator.
  • Category - After those is the option for category. This option allows you to put your wiki into a category of your choosing that will allow users to more easily find your wiki through WikiDiscover. If your wiki doesn't fit into any of the supplied categories, feel free to make a request for a new one on phabricator.

Additional settings (for Miraheze)

  • Allow slow parser functions - Parser functions are "magic words" that return a value or function, such as time, site details or page names. Example: {{PAGENAME}} outputs ManageWiki - the current page. Read more here.
  • Apple Touch Icon - Favicon for Apple mobile devices. See below how you can add one.
  • Default Skin - This change the visual interface to the selected skin for all users, however it can be changed through user's preferences.
  • Favicon - A favicon is a shortcut image that is displayed on your visitor's browser address bar and in the bookmarks page. Most often it is a smaller version of the logo. See below how you can add one.
  • Timezone - This will adapt your wikis clock to whatever timezone you choose for all users, however it can be changed through user's preferences.
  • Logo - This will replace Miraheze's default logo. See below how you can change it.
  • Enable string function functionality - This option adds support a couple of functions for basic string handling. Example: #pos function returns the position of a given search term within the string. You can learn more in Mediawiki's documentation page.
  • Custom Domain - By default your wiki is available at https://[yourwiki] - a subdomain of Miraheze but you can request us to redirect your wiki to a domain you own. Right now is not yet possible to do it without assistance from our sysadmins, but you can learn more here.
  • Enable VisualEditor Wikitext mode - This option allow you to read Wikitext syntax on VisualEditor.
  • Content License - Each wiki on Miraheze is by default licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0 although this can be changed to another supported license. If you would like to release the contributions on your wiki under another license, please let us know so that we can make it available to you. Be aware that changing the license on your wiki can have an impact on your community and should not be done lightly. For more information, go to


Media options on ManageWiki
  • Enable File Uploads - Check or uncheck this option if you want to enable or disable the upload of files on your wiki.
  • Enable File Uploads Through URL - By default Miraheze enables file upload only from a local media but with this option you can upload files remotely from other sites.
  • Enable File Uploads Through URL on Special:Upload - This option adds a textbox on Special:Upload enabling you to upload files from any URL.
  • Enable Wikimedia Commons Files - This option allows you to use the Wikimedia Commons file database on your wiki.
  • Show Old Thumbnails On Description Page - Whether should old thumbnails be displayed on the image's detail page

Extensions & Skins


Special:ManageWiki/extensions lists all extensions and skins that we currently have enabled for use on Miraheze. To enable or disable an extension or skin, simply check or uncheck the box next to its name and remember to save your changes.

Each extension name currently links to the extension documentation page on, which should prove useful for finding general help specific to whatever extension you are working with. If any link does not work, please let us know so that we may fix it.

Some extensions have an icon next to their names meaning that there is additional information that you should be aware of before enabling this extension. Several of these extensions may require additional work in order to enable them and will require sysadmin assistance. Other extensions are simply not compatible with each other and will break your wikis functionality if enabled together. Don't worry though, the software will reject your changes if you enable two conflicting extensions.


Extensions or skins not listed

If you would like to enable other extensions or skins on your wiki that you don't see on the list, please request a feature.

Group management and permissions

ManageWiki/permissions lists all existing groups on your wiki and all permissions that can be granted or revoked for all members of a certain group. You can also create a new group of users or reset all settings to default.

Default groups & permissions

Name Description Permissions
* Every visitor of your wiki, including those who do not log in Special:ListGroupRights
user All logged-in users
(auto)confirmed All logged-in users who meet certain thresholds
bot Bots are users on wikis that are run by scripts
sysop Administrators. Can be assigned to trusted users, giving them permission to perform administrative tasks
bureaucrat Same permissions as Administrators but have the ability to promote or demote users to Administrators
autopatrolled Edits from these users are automatically patrolled (approved). In addition, they can patrol edits from other users
rollbacker Can be assigned to trusted users (like a moderator) in order to allow them to quickly revert edits


How do I change my logo/favicon?

To change the logo and favicon of your wiki, you need to add a specific URL to the textbox below the option. This URL will always be in the form of, where X is a stand-in character for something that will be different depending on the file. To get this URL, follow these simple steps:

  1. Once the upload is completed, you'll be redirected to your image.
  2. Right click on the image and select an option to "Copy Image Location" or drag and drop the image into a new tab on your browser.
  3. Copy the URL of the current page (do not use http unless it's the only protocol supported. Always use https where possible)

Once you are done, make sure to clear the cache in your browser in order to see the updated image. Please be aware that the change may not be immediate, and can take several minutes to go through.

How can I backup my ManageWiki settings?

ManageWiki settings can be backed up in the same way that your wiki is, by using Special:DataDump.

Further help

If you are still confused or not sure about something regarding ManageWiki, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to assist you.

See also

  • You may view the ManageWiki Phabricator project here.
  • You may view the ManageWiki source code over on our GitHub.