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Help:Links – MediaWiki

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/23

Since I needed to know how to formulate external hyperlinks on a Wiki page: [WayBack] Help:Links – MediaWiki.

Too many options, not even counting other sections on that page I did not quote, so I went for the first.

To create an external link, usually to a page at a different website, enclose the URL followed by space and the link text in single square brackets (see examples below). When you save or preview the page, you will see a link rendered slightly differently than an internal wikilink. It may be a different color and/or be followed by an arrow icon to show that it may lead to another site.

Description You type You get
External link with specified link text
[https://mediawiki.org MediaWiki]
MediaWiki
Numbered external link
[https://mediawiki.org]

This is what happens if you omit the link text. Multiple links of this type on the same page are numbered sequentially.

[1]
Bare external link
https://mediawiki.org

URLs beginning with “http://” and “https://” are automatically linked, even when no brackets are used.

https://mediawiki.org
Avoiding auto-linked URLs
<nowiki>https://mediawiki.org</nowiki>
https://mediawiki.org
Protocol-relativeexternal link
[//en.wikipedia.org Wikipedia]

[//en.wikipedia.org //en.wikipedia.org]

The link will be HTTP or HTTPS depending on the protocol of the page currently being viewed (which could be different for different users). This is only supported inside of square brackets [ ]. Using “//en.wikipedia.org” by itself does not result in a link.

Wikipedia

//en.wikipedia.org

External link to the current server
https://{{SERVERNAME}}/pagename
https://www.mediawiki.org/pagename
External link to other host passing the pagename
https://google.com/search?q={{PAGENAMEE}}

See also: URL encoded page namesPAGENAMEE encoding

https://google.com/search?q=Links
Mailto link
[mailto:info@example.org email me]
email me
Mailto named with subject line and body
[mailto:info@example.org?Subject=URL%20Encoded%20Subject&body=Body%20Text info]
info
Custom URI
[skype:echo123 call me]

Any URI you wish to add needs to be first declared through $wgUrlProtocols. (This example is not enabled on Mediawiki.org)

[skype:echo123 call me]
External links with file-type icons
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.avi video]

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.ogg sound]

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.pdf document]

See External link icons for currently supported icons and extensions. Note that this wiki is not set up to use such icons.

video

sound

document

–jeroen.

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