Extension:MobileDetect

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MobileDetect
Release status: stable
Implementation Tag
Description Detects mobile devices and allows to control the content visible with "nomobile" and "mobileonly" tags, parser functions and CSS classes.
Author(s) Matthew Tran (Archivolttalk)
Maintainer(s) Sophivorus
Latest version 2.4 (2022-09-26)
MediaWiki 1.35+
Composer mediawiki/mobile-detect
License GNU General Public License 3.0
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‎<nomobile>, ‎<mobileonly>, #nomobile, #mobileonly
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The MobileDetect extension detects mobile devices using PHP's HTTP_USER_AGENT. Due to the nature of the extension, it should be very compatible with both new and old versions of MediaWiki.

The extension introduces a function called wfMobileDetect(), which returns true when a mobile device is detected, and false otherwise. It also introduces "nomobile" and "mobileonly" tags, parser functions and CSS classes which allow users to control which content is displayed only in mobile browsers, and which content is displayed only in desktop browsers.

Installation edit

  • Download and move the extracted MobileDetect 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/MobileDetect
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'MobileDetect' );
    
  •   Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

To users running MediaWiki 1.38 or earlier:

The instructions above describe the new way of installing this extension using wfLoadExtension(). If you need to install this extension on these earlier versions (MediaWiki 1.38 and earlier), instead of wfLoadExtension( 'MobileDetect' );, you need to use:

require_once "$IP/extensions/MobileDetect/MobileDetect.php";

Usage edit

wfMobileDetect() function edit

If you would like to set a default theme depending on a visitor's browser, you can add this to your LocalSettings.php:

wfLoadExtension( 'MobileDetect' );
$mobile = wfMobileDetect();
if ( $mobile ) {
    $wgDefaultSkin = "chick"; # If mobile
} else {
    $wgDefaultSkin = "vector"; # If not mobile
}

With this code, if the visitor's browser shows a user agent from a mobile browser, the default theme will be "chick" instead of "vector". If instead the browser shows a user agent from a desktop/full browser, the default theme will be "vector" instead of "chick".

If you would like a certain extension to be excluded from loading on mobile browsers, you can add this to your LocalSettings.php:

wfLoadExtension( 'MobileDetect' );
$mobile = wfMobileDetect();
if ( ! $mobile ) {
    wfLoadExtension( 'ConfirmEdit' ); # Only load if desktop browser
}

With this code, the reCAPTCHA extension would only load on desktop/full browsers.

‎<nomobile> and ‎<mobileonly> tags edit

The MobileDetect extension also introduces the ‎<nomobile> and ‎<mobileonly> tags, which allow users to control which content is displayed in mobile browsers, and which in desktop/full browsers. Whatever is wrapped between ‎<mobileonly> tags will only be displayed in mobile browsers, and whatever is wrapped between ‎<nomobile> tags will only be displayed in desktop/full browsers. So for example:

<mobileonly>This will not be displayed in desktop/full browsers, only in mobile browsers</mobileonly>
<nomobile>This will not be displayed in mobile browsers, only in desktop/full browsers</nomobile>

The naming and behaviour of the ‎<mobileonly> and ‎<nomobile> tags follows that of the ‎<includeonly> and ‎<noinclude> tags.

#nomobile and #mobileonly parser functions edit

The MobileDetect extension also introduces the #nomobile and #mobileonly parser functions, which work exactly like the ‎<nomobile> and ‎<mobileonly> tags, with the difference that their content gets parsed so they can contain stuff like {{{1}}} and be used in templates.

However, they don't render all multi-line content correctly, so use them mostly for inline content.

nomobile and mobileonly classes edit

Alternatively, it is also possible to use the CSS classes directly:

{| class="wikitable nomobile"
|- 
| (Some wikitable stuff.)
|}

See also edit