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Links in MediaWiki:

  1. Internal links to other pages in the wiki
  2. External links to other websites

Internal links

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, if it does not, in red. Selflinks to the current page are not transformed in URLs but displayed in bold. (If you really want to link to the current page, use an anchor (see below), or [[#top|current page]] which always links to the top.)

The first letter of the target page is automatically capitalized, unless otherwise set by the admins, 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).

Description You type
Internal link
[[Main Page]]
Piped link
[[Main Page|different text]]
Pipe trick

[[User:John Doe|]]

[[Extension:DynamicPageList (Wikimedia)|]]

[[Extension:DynamicPageList (third-party)|]]

The pipe trick quickly makes shorter link text, but could be confusing in circumstances like the DynamicPageList link examples.

Word-ending links, following so called "linktrail rules" localised per each language



Avoiding word-ending links
[[Help]]<nowiki />ful advice

[[wikipedia:GNU General Public License|GPL]]<nowiki />v3
#REDIRECT [[Main Page]]

See also Help:Redirects

Internal link to an anchor
[[#See also]]

Section headings and the top of the page are automatically anchored.

Internal link to an anchor from different text
[[#See also|different text]]
Setting an internal link anchor
<div id="NameOfAnchorHere">optional text</div>

Omit the "optional text" for invisible anchor.

Internal link to an anchor at another page
[[Help:Images#Supported media types for images]]
Internal link to an image or a file of other types


See also Help:Images

External links

To add an external link, enclose the URL followed by space and the name of the page you want to link to in single square brackets. When you save the page, you'll see the new link pointing to your page, with an arrow icon after it to show that it was coded with single bracket external link syntax, and thus may lead to another site.

Description You type
External link
External link with different label [ MediaWiki]
Numbered external link []
External links with file icons [ video] [ sound] [ document]
Mailto link [ email me]
Mailto named with subject line and body [ info]

External link icons

Test link Icon Trigger
[1] external-link-ltr-icon.png http://, gopher://
[2] lock-icon.png https://
[3] mail-icon.png mailto:
[4] news-icon.png news://
[5] file-icon.png ftp://
[6] talk-icon.png irc://
[7] audio-icon.png .ogg, .mid, .midi, .mp3, .wav, .wma
[8] video-icon.png .ogm, .avi, .mpeg, .mpg
[9] document-icon.png .pdf, .pdf#, .pdf?

How to avoid auto-links

When you put a URL on a wiki page it will be automatically converted into an external link, like this:

To avoid that effect, put the URL between <tvar|1><nowiki></> tags, like this:


To get this:

Kannada and English Buttons on the English and Kannada wikis

See in Kannada