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
Release status: stable
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 Snapshots releases along with MediaWiki. Master is not backward compatible.
MediaWiki 1.35+
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
Help Help:Extension:AdvancedSearch
  • $wgAdvancedSearchDeepcatEnabled
  • $wgAdvancedSearchNamespacePresets
Quarterly downloads 121 (Ranked 49th)
Public wikis using 887 (Ranked 288th)
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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 move the extracted AdvancedSearch folder to your extensions/ directory.
    Developers and code contributors should install the extension from Git instead, using:cd extensions/
    git clone https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/mediawiki/extensions/AdvancedSearch
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    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 fields


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.