MediaWiki extensions manual
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Release status: unmaintained
Implementation Hook , API
Description Once equipped with a list of titles of pages existent on Wikipedia, this extension turns wikilinks to pages that don't exist on the local wiki different colors to reflect whether a page exists or not on Wikipedia.
Author(s) Tisanetalk
Latest version 1.0.3
MediaWiki 1.16+
Database changes Yes
Tables rped_page
License Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0, GPL

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This is the Remote Page Existence Detection (RPED) extension. This extension adds wikipedia links to pages that don't exist on the local wiki and turns these wikilinks blue to reflect whether a page exists on Wikipedia. For example, if you link to Foo on your local wiki but that page does not exist there, the link will still turn blue, and link to w:en:Foo, if that article exists on Wikipedia.


Regular double-bracketed internal links will now link to Wikipedia when the article does not exist on the local wiki but exists on Wikipedia. Interwiki links such as wikipedia:Foo will detect whether the page exists on Wikipedia and turn red or blue accordingly.

To use the API, first use Special:UserRights to grant RPED rights to the user who will be inserting/deleting page titles from rped_table. Then use commands such as this:


You can also use piped parameters to insert/delete more than one at a time, e.g.:


RPED will automatically detect whether Extension:PureWikiDeletion is active and, if so, treat blanked local pages as nonexistent.

Recommended policyEdit

Situations may arise in which you have an option between having an article that is a one-line stub, or getting rid of that article so that wikilinks to it will link instead to the (much larger) Wikipedia article. Because high-quality, comprehensive articles may evolve from what begins as a one-line stub, you may wish to leave the one-line article in place and use a {{WP}} template like the following (after you upload Wikipedia-logo.png to your wiki):

<div class="noprint" style="clear: right; border: solid #aaa 1px; margin: 0 0 1em 1em; font-size: 90%; background: #f9f9f9; width: 250px; padding: 4px; spacing: 0px; text-align: left; float: right;"> <div style="float: left;"> [[Image:Wikipedia-logo.png|50px]]</div> <div style="margin-left: 60px;">There is also an article about [[Wikipedia:{{PAGENAME}}|{{PAGENAME}}]] at [[Wikipedia]].</div> </div>


Add this to your LocalSettings.php file:

require_once( "$IP/extensions/RPED/RPED.php"  );

Then run update.php to create the rped_page table.

Next, populate the rped_page table. It is recommended that you download all-titles-in-ns0.gz from the most recent data dump at download:enwiki/ and use the Peachy RPED scripts to populate the table.

Configuration settingsEdit


This is the color for broken interwiki links, e.g. This page does not exist. Default:

$wgRPEDBrokenLinkStyle = "color: #ba0000";


If set to true, this will cause the extension to ignore interwiki links such as wikipedia:Wikipedia:AFD. This is useful because presently, the list of page titles that Wikimedia provides only contains page titles in the main namespace. Default:

$wgRPEDExcludeNamespaced = false;


Exclude namespaces with these numbers. E.g.:

$wgRPEDExcludeNamespaces = array( 2002 );


This is the color that links to Wikipedia, such as wikipedia:Comparison of Linux distributions, will appear when those pages are in the rped_table. Default:

$wgRemoteStyle = 'color: #0645ad'; // Remote links are blue

External linkEdit