There are five types of links in MediaWiki:
- Internal links to other pages in the wiki
- External links to other websites
- External links to internal pages in the wiki
- Interwiki links to other websites registered to the wiki in advance
- Interlanguage links to other websites registered as other language versions of the wiki
In this document we will discuss the first two. Further documentation can be found here.
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||You get|
[[Main Page|different text]]
[[Help:Contents|]] [[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".||
[[Help]]s [[Help]]ing [[Help]]ers [[Help]]almostanylettersyoulikehere
|Avoiding word-ending links||
[[Help]]<nowiki />ful advice [[wikipedia:GNU General Public License|GPL]]<nowiki />v3
#REDIRECT [[Main Page]]
See also Help:Redirects
|→ Main Page|
|Internal link to an anchor||
|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]]
|Help:Images#Supported media types for images|
|Internal link to a subpage||
See also Help:Subpages.
|Internal link to a subpage without the leading slash||
|Internal link to a category page||
See also Help:Categories
|Internal link to an image or a file of other types||
See also Help:Images
|Internal link to the user's user page||
|Internal link to the user's talk page||
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||You get|
|External link with different label||[http://mediawiki.org MediaWiki]||MediaWiki|
|Numbered external link||[http://mediawiki.org]|||
|External links with file icons||[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.avi video] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.ogg sound] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.pdf document]|
|Mailto link||[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org email me]||email me|
|Mailto named with subject line and body||[mailto:email@example.com?Subject=URL%20Encoded%20Subject&body=Body%20Text info]||info|