This extension is professionally maintained by the WikiTeq team.
WikiTeq provides official support for MediaWiki LTS releases only. It may work with other MediaWiki releases.
MediaWiki extensions manual
Release status: beta
Implementation Parser extension
Description Displays a user's real name everywhere
Author(s) ofbeaton
Maintainer(s) WikiTeq team
Latest version 0.8.0 (2021-06-27)
Compatibility policy For every MediaWiki release that is a Long Term Support release there is a corresponding branch in the extension.
MediaWiki 1.31 - 1.35, 1.39
PHP 7.0+
Database changes No
License BSD 2-clause "Simplified" License
Release notes

  • $wgRealnamesLinkStyle
  • $wgRealnamesBareStyle
  • $wgRealnamesBlank
  • $wgRealnamesStyles
  • $wgRealnamesReplacements
  • $wgRealnamesSmart
  • $wgRealnamesNamespaces
Quarterly downloads 35 (Ranked 105th)
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Issues Open tasks · Report a bug

This Realnames extension attempts to add realname to all username links.

Modifies a page's html content right before display to keep the approach generic and simple. This means it works for most links and does not need special consideration with new hooks. Compatibility with other extensions should be very strong.

This means it works on:

While the focus is on realname display, it can customized to change the display of username links to anything desired (add an image? another class?). This can be incredibly powerful.

It was developed mainly for Enterprise/Corporate users of MediaWiki where realnames are much more important, and often make much more sense than the usual algorithmically chosen usernames.

The default configuration prioritises realnames first with the username in parenthesis. Since usernames are still needed for wiki links, wiki actions, and realnames can sometimes collide; displaying both is recommended. This is optional, see the configuration options bellow.

There is currently no way to preserve User: prefixes on links or text.

Installation edit

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

Configuration edit

See AdvancedConfiguration for finer control, including custom styles.

Parameter Values Example Description
$wgRealnamesLinkStyle "standard" mw305 Provided for convenience, this is the default MediaWiki behavior
"append" mw305 [Martha Stewart]
"replace" Martha Stewart
"reverse" Martha Stewart [mw305]
"dash" mw305 – Martha Stewart
"dash-reverse" Martha Stewart – mw305
"paren-append" mw305 (Martha Stewart)
"paren-reverse" Martha Stewart (mw305) Default

See also edit