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Link Attributes
Release status: beta
Implementation Extended syntax
Description Extends the link syntax to allow custom attributes, such as rel="author"
Author(s) Leo Wallentin (Rotseetalk)
Latest version 0.2 (2015-04-13)
MediaWiki 1.19+
Database changes No
License BSD 3-clause "Modified" License

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The LinkAttributes extension extends the link syntax to allow custom attributes, such as rel="author".


Extra attributes are added at the end of a link, separated with a pipe (|) or a broken pipe (¦), like this:

 [http://www.twitter.com/me my Twitter account|rel=me]


 [[User:Me|my userpage|rel=me]]

Allowed properties are: rel, rev, charset, type, hreflang and itemprop.

In some places (such as inside templates with tables) the pipe can be hard to use, as it has special meanings to MediaWiki. Therefore a broken pipe (¦) will also work with this extension: Oranges¦itemprop=fruit. Note that the following will NOT add an attribute: [[User:James|rel=author]]. The extension has no way of knowing if rel=author is supposed to be an attribute or the actual text to be linked, so the link would have to be written like this: [[User:James|James|rel=author]]. Also note that after installing this extension, pipe characters will not work in link texts.


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

See alsoEdit

  • Extension:Link Attributes
  • T35886