MediaWiki extensions manual
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Release status: stable
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Implementation User interface
Description Allows a boilerplate to be selected from a drop down box located above the edit form when editing pages.
Author(s) Robert Leverington, Dror S. [FFS] , Jhf2442
Latest version 2.1.2 (2017-04-24)
MediaWiki 1.32+
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
  • $wgMultiBoilerplateOverwrite
  • $wgMultiBoilerplateDiplaySpecialPage
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The MultiBoilerplate extension allows a boilerplate to be selected from a dropdown box located above the edit form. By default this shows only on creation of new pages. When loading a boilerplate, it will completely replace whatever text is already in the edit form. See README.md for more details.

Since version 2.1.0, the extension uses the new Extension Registration that comes with MediaWiki 1.25 and so breaks compatibility with older versions.

Bugs and feature requests should be added to the extension's project page on Phabricator.


To users running MediaWiki 1.24 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 1.24 and earlier), instead of wfLoadExtension( 'MultiBoilerplate' );, you need to use:

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


Main configurationEdit

The main configuration is of the available boilerplates; this is done in one of two ways:

  1. through $wgMultiBoilerplateOptions in LocalSettings.php, by filling the $wgMultiBoilerplateOptions array with a list of boilerplate names that correspond to templates, like so:
    $wgMultiBoilerplateOptions[ "My Boilerplate" ] = "Template:My Boilerplate";
    $wgMultiBoilerplateOptions[ "My Other Boilerplate" ] = "Template:My Other Boilerplate";
  2. Through system message MediaWiki:Multiboilerplate, which uses the following format:
    * My Boilerplate|Template:My Boilerplate

    Note: formatting the template entries as a list (i.e. including the leading asterisk) is required when using the MediaWiki:Multiboilerplate page. If this is not done, the entries will not be parsed properly and the templates will not show up. Headers (discussed below) are not required.

    You can also create headers inside the dropdown in order to separate boilerplates, by adding level 2 headers. For example:

    == Pretty Templates ==
    * My Boilerplate|Template:My Boilerplate
    == Ugly Templates ==
    * Their Boilerplate|Template:Their Boilerplate

Since version 2.1.1, it is possible to add wikilinks on this page without breaking the extension.

Additional configuration optionsEdit

  • $wgMultiBoilerplateDiplaySpecialPage: false by default. if set to true, will add to the wiki a page named Special:Boilerplates that shows the currently configured boilerplates. This must be specified before the inclusion of the extension in LocalSettings.php (no longer true for v2.1.0).
  • $wgMultiBoilerplateOverwrite: false by default. If true, shows the boilerplates dropdown even on pre-existing pages. The selected boilerplate will completely overwrite the current contents.

See alsoEdit