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There are four sorts of links in MediaWiki:

  1. internal links to other pages in the wiki
  2. external links to websites
  3. interwiki links (links to other wikis)
  4. inter-language links to other language versions of the same wiki

To add an internal link, enclose the name of the page you want to link to in double square brackets. When you save the page, you'll see the new link pointing to your page. If the page exists already, it is displayed in blue, empty pages are displayed in red. Selflinks to the current page are not transformed in URLs but displayed in bold.

The first letter of the target page is automatically capitalized and spaces are represented as underscores (typing an underscore in the link will have a similar effect as typing a space, but is not recommended, since the underscore will also be shown in the text).

How to link

Description You type You get
Internal link [[Main Page]] Main Page
Piped link [[Main Page|different text]] different text
External link http://mediawiki.org http://mediawiki.org
External link,

different title

[http://mediawiki.org MediaWiki] MediaWiki
External link,

numbered

[http://mediawiki.org] [1]
Anchor link [[#See also]] #See also
Anchor link at another page [[Help:Images#See also]] Help:Images#See also
Category link [[:Category:Help]] Category:Help
Internal link to image file [[media:example.jpg]] media:example.jpg
Internal link to pdf file [[media:example.pdf]] media:example.pdf
Interwiki link [[Wikipedia:MediaWiki]] Wikipedia:MediaWiki
mailto link [mailto:info@example.org email me] email me
redirect #REDIRECT [[Main Page]] Main Page
External link to video file (.avi, .mpg) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.avi .avi] .avi
External link to sound file (.mp3, .ogg, .wav) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.wav .wav] .wav
External link to a document (.doc, .pdf) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.doc .doc] .doc

More advanced

Description You type You get
Piped link,

different title

[[Main Page|<span title="different title">different text</span>]] different text
External link,

same host unnamed

[http://{{SERVERNAME}}/pagename] [2]
External link,

other host, pass pagename

[http://google.com/search?q={{PAGENAME}}] [3]
Google link, pass pagename [[google:{{PAGENAME}}|Google "{{PAGENAME}}"]] Google "MORE JUNK"
mailto named with subject line and body [mailto:info@example.org?Subject=URL%20Encoded%20Subject&body=Body%20Text info] info



How to avoid auto-links

By default, when you write a URL as is, it will be transformed to an external link.

To avoid that effect, put the URL between <nowiki> start & end tags as in:

<nowiki>http://mediawiki.org</nowiki>

Interwiki links

Interwiki links are links from the local wiki to another wiki. For example you can link to the Sunflower article on wikipedia.org by typing [[w:Sunflower]]. This results in a link like this: w:Sunflower

Similar to internal page links, you can create piped links, with alternate link text. e.g. [[w:Sunflower|big yellow flower]]

Basically this is an abbreviation for longer URLs. A very similar link could be created as a normal external link by typing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower Sunflower], but interwiki links allow you to type out an easy and compact link, almost as if you are linking to a page on your own wiki.

Some interesting things to note:

  • Interwiki links are displayed slightly differently to external links, without the little external link icon.
  • Complex page names with spaces and other characters are handled elegantly, just as they would be for an internal page link, making this more tidy than creating an external link to a full URL. For example [[w:Sunflower County, Mississippi]] is in some ways tidier and more elegant than the full URL : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_County%2C_Mississippi

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Template:Complex You can format your text using wiki markup. This has normal characters like asterisks, single quotes or equation marks which have a special function in the wiki, sometimes depending on their position. For example, to format a word in italic, you put it in two single quotes like ''this''

Text formatting markup

Description You type You get
applies anywhere
Italic text ''italic'' italic
Bold text '''bold''' bold
Bold and italic '''''bold & italic''''' bold & italic
Escape wiki markup <nowiki>no "markup"</nowiki> no ''markup''
Fixed width text

<tt>Fixed width text</tt>

Fixed width text

only at the beginning of the line
Indent text

:Single indent
::Double indent
:::::Multiple indent

Single indent
Double indent
Multiple indent
Headings of

different levels [1]

=level 1=[2]
==level 2==
===level 3===
====level 4====
=====level 5=====
======level 6======

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6

Horizontal rule

----


Bullet list

* one
* two
* three
** three point one
** three point two

  • one
  • two
  • three
    • three point one
    • three point two
Numbered list

# one
# two<br />spanning several lines<br />without breaking the numbering
#: you can also use #:
#: which might feel more intuitive
#: because you get to edit on multiple lines
# three
## three point one
## three point two

  1. one
  2. two
    spanning several lines
    without breaking the numbering
    you can also use #:
    which might feel more intuitive
    because you get to edit on multiple lines
  3. three
    1. three point one
    2. three point two
Mixture of bulleted
and numbered lists

# one
# two
#* two point one
#* two point two

  1. one
  2. two
    • two point one
    • two point two
Definition list

;Definition
:item 1
:item 2

Definition
item 1
item 2
Preformatted text

  preformatted text is done with
  a space at the
  beginning of the line

preformatted text is done with
a space at the 
beginning of the line
Preformatted text with no indentation

 <pre> some preformatted text with no indentation </pre>

some preformatted
text with no indentation
Blockquotes

Body
text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text

<blockquote> quote quote quote quote quote quote </blockquote>

text text text text text text text text text text text text

Body
text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text

quote quote quote quote quote quote

text text text text text text text text text text text text

Comment

<!--This is comment-->

Notes:
  1. An article with four or more headings will automatically create a table of contents.
  2. Use of a level 1 heading is highly discouraged as it appears with the same formatting and size as the page title, which can be confusing.

Paragraphs

MediaWiki ignores normal line breaks. To start a new paragraph, leave an empty line. You can also start a new line with the HTML tags <br> or <br/>.

HTML

Some HTML tags are allowed in MediaWiki, for example <code>, <div>, <span> and <font>.

Other formatting

Beyond the text formatting markup shown above, here are some other formatting references: