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There was an extension with the same name that was unmaintained and never ready for use in a production environment and was archived in 2013. Archived extension.
MediaWiki extensions manual
OOjs UI icon advanced.svg
Release status: stable
AdvSearch Screen 20170620.png
Implementation User interface, Search
Description Creating an improved advanced search interface for MediaWiki and aiming for a user friendly integration of search keywords.
Author(s) Wikimedia Germany (WMDE)
Latest version continuous updates
Compatibility policy release branches
MediaWiki 1.31+
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
  • $wgAdvancedSearchDeepcatEnabled
  • $wgAdvancedSearchNamespacePresets
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The AdvancedSearch extension enhances Special:Search by providing an advanced parameters form and improving how namespaces for a search query are selected.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called AdvancedSearch in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
    wfLoadExtension( 'AdvancedSearch' );
  •   Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.


The configuration options of AdvancedSearch are documented in the file docs/settings.md.

Adding more search fieldsEdit

You can create your own Extensions and/or Gadgets that add custom fields to the field list. In the source code repository, you can find a code example for adding a new keyword and detailed API documentation on the extension point.