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Variables or Magic words are strings of text that MediaWiki associates with a return value or function, such as time, site details, or page names. This page is about usage of standard magic words; for a technical reference, see Magic words.


General notes


Page-dependent magic words will affect or return data about the current page, regardless of whether it is in the page code or a transcluded template.

Behaviour switches

A behaviour switch controls the layout of the page. They are written as a magic word wrapped with double underscores.

Word Description Versions
Table of contents
__NOTOC__ Hides the table of contents (TOC).
__FORCETOC__ Forces the table of content to appear at its normal position (above the first header).
__TOC__ Places a table of contents at the word's current position (overriding __NOTOC__). If this is used multiple times, the table of contents will appear at the first word's position.
__NOEDITSECTION__ Hides the section edit links beside headings.
__NEWSECTIONLINK__ Adds a link (("+" by default) beside the "edit" tab for adding a new section on a non-talk page (see [1]). 1.7+
__NOGALLERY__ Used on a category page, replaces thumbnails in the category view with normal links. 1.7+
__HIDDENCAT__ Used on a category page, hides the category from the lists of categories in its members and parent categories (hidden categories can be made visible using CSS). 1.13+
Language conversion
On wikis with language variants, don't perform any content language conversion (character and phase) in article display; for example, only show Chinese (zh) instead of variants like zh_cn, zh_tw, zh_sg, or zh_hk.
On wikis with language variants, don't perform language conversion on the title (all other content is converted).
__END__ Explicitly marks the end of the article, to prevent MediaWiki from removing trailing whitespace (does not seem to work anymore).
__START__ No effect.


The syntax of variables is similar to templates, but capitalized to help avoid conflicts. If a template has the same name and case as a variable, the variable will be used. Usage of the template can be forced by adding the "msg:" modifier (for example, "{{msg:CURRENTYEAR}}"). In some cases, adding parameters will force the parser to treat a variable as a template; for example, {{CURRENTDAYNAME|x}} tries to transclude "Template:CURRENTDAYNAME".

Date & time

The following variables return the current date and time according to the user's timezone preferences, defaulting to the UTC timezone.

Due to MediaWiki and browser caching, these variables frequently show when the page was cached rather than the current time.

Variable Output Description Versions
{{CURRENTYEAR}} 2014 Year
{{CURRENTMONTH}} 11 Month (zero-padded number)
{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} November Month (name)
{{CURRENTMONTHNAMEGEN}} November Month (genitive form)
{{CURRENTMONTHABBREV}} Nov Month (abbreviation) 1.5+
{{CURRENTDAY}} 26 Day of the month (unpadded number)
{{CURRENTDAY2}} 26 Day of the month (zero-padded number) 1.6+
{{CURRENTDOW}} 3 Day of the week (unpadded number)
{{CURRENTDAYNAME}} Wednesday Day of the week (name)
{{CURRENTTIME}} 08:59 Time (24-hour HH:mm format)
{{CURRENTHOUR}} 08 Hour (24-hour zero-padded number)
{{CURRENTWEEK}} 48 Week (number)
{{CURRENTTIMESTAMP}} 20141126085926 ISO 8601 time stamp 1.7+

The following variables do the same as the above, but using the site's local timezone instead of user preferences and UTC:

  • {{LOCALDAY}}
  • {{LOCALDAY2}}
  • {{LOCALDOW}}

Technical metadata

Revision variables return data about the latest edit to the current page, even if viewing an older version of the page.

Variable Output Description Versions
{{SITENAME}} PostgreSQL wiki The wiki's site name ($wgSitename).
{{CURRENTVERSION}} 1.19.20+dfsg-0+deb7u1 The wiki's MediaWiki version. 1.7+
{{CONTENTLANGUAGE}} en The wiki's default interface language ($wgLanguageCode)
Latest revision to current page
{{REVISIONID}} 317 Unique ID
{{REVISIONDAY}} 11 Day edit was made (unpadded number)
{{REVISIONDAY2}} 11 Day edit was made (zero-padded number)
{{REVISIONMONTH}} 03 Month edit was made (unpadded number)
{{REVISIONYEAR}} 2008 Year edit was made
{{REVISIONTIMESTAMP}} 20080311171233 Timestamp as of time of edit


Numbers returned by these variables contain number separators, but can return raw numbers with the ":R" flag (for example, {{NUMBEROFPAGES}} = 2,539 and {{NUMBEROFPAGES:R}} = 2539).

Variable Output Description Versions
Entire wiki
{{NUMBEROFPAGES}} 2,539 Number of wiki pages. 1.7+
{{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} 936 Number of pages in main namespace.
{{NUMBEROFFILES}} 920 Number of uploaded files. 1.5+
{{NUMBEROFEDITS}} 23,719 Number of page edits. 1.10+
{{NUMBEROFUSERS}} 771 Number of registered users. 1.7+
{{NUMBEROFADMINS}} 9 Number of users in in the sysop group. 1.7+
Per namespace
{{PAGESINNS:2}} Template:PAGESINNS:0 Number of pages in the given namespace (replace 2 with the relevant namespace ID). Disabled by default, enable with $AllowSlowParserFunctions. 1.7+

URL data


Variable Output Description Versions
{{SERVER}} domain URL ($wgServer)
{{SERVERNAME}} domain name ($wgServerName)
{{SCRIPTPATH}} relative script path ($wgScriptPath)
{{localurl:page name}}
{{localurl:page name|query string}}
/index.php?title=Page_name&query string
relative path to title
{{fullurl:page name}}
{{fullurl:page name|query string}} string
absolute path to title

Page names

Variable Output Description Versions
{{FULLPAGENAME}} Help:Variables Namespace and page title.
{{PAGENAME}} Variables Page title.
{{BASEPAGENAME}} Variables Page title excluding the current subpage and namespace ("Title" on "Title/foo"). 1.7+
{{SUBPAGENAME}} Variables The subpage title ("foo" on "Title/foo"). 1.6+
{{SUBJECTPAGENAME}} Help:Variables The namespace and title of the associated content page. 1.7+
{{TALKPAGENAME}} Help talk:Variables The namespace and title of the associated talk page. 1.7+

The following are URL-encoded equivalents:



Variable Output Description Versions
{{NAMESPACE}} Help Namespace (name)
{{SUBJECTSPACE}} Help Name of the associated content namespace
{{TALKSPACE}} Help talk Name of the associated talk namespace

The following are URL-encoded equivalents:


{{ns:}} returns the localized namespace name for that number of constant. The default values are:

Usage Output
{{ns:-2}} or {{ns:Media}} Media
{{ns:-1}} or {{ns:Special}} Special
{{ns:0}} or {{ns:Main}}
{{ns:1}} or {{ns:Talk}} Talk
{{ns:2}} or {{ns:User}} User
{{ns:3}} or {{ns:User_talk}} User talk
{{ns:4}} or {{ns:Project}} PostgreSQL wiki
{{ns:5}} or {{ns:Project_talk}} PostgreSQL wiki talk
{{ns:6}} or {{ns:Image}} File
{{ns:7}} or {{ns:Image_talk}} File talk
{{ns:8}} or {{ns:MediaWiki}} MediaWiki
{{ns:9}} or {{ns:MediaWiki_talk}} MediaWiki talk
{{ns:10}} or {{ns:Template}} Template
{{ns:11}} or {{ns:Template_talk}} Template talk
{{ns:12}} or {{ns:Help}} Help
{{ns:13}} or {{ns:Help_talk}} Help talk
{{ns:14}} or {{ns:Category}} Category
{{ns:15}} or {{ns:Category_talk}} Category talk
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