Managing a private wiki/Adding extensions

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Getting the .php file(s)[edit]

First, one must download the .php files. This can be done in several ways.

SVN
MediaWiki code is kept in a subversion repository (SVN repo). Download the files using an SVN client to the appropriate location ($IP/extensions/Extension usually)
  • Add either a require_once(); or include_once(); near the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file, and check Special:Version on your wiki to see if the extension is installed properly. See the examples.

Setting up the database[edit]

  • Some extensions require database tables - one of the files in the extension folder will be an SQL query to create the table. phpMyAdmin is a useful tool for altering the database.

Troubleshooting[edit]

  • If the extension fails to install properly, check the relevant page on MediaWiki.org if there are specialized installation requirements. Some extensions may have dependencies requiring installation of additional software.