Not to be confused with Extension:UrlShortener or Manual:Short URL.
MediaWiki extensions manual
Release status: stable
Implementation Special page
Description Adds a special page that redirects to an article based on the given base36-encoded ID
Author(s) Yuvi Panda
Latest version 1.2.0 (2015-01-29)
MediaWiki 1.25+
Database changes Yes
Tables shorturls
License BSD 3-clause "Modified" License
  • $wgShortUrlTemplate
  • $wgShortUrlReadOnly
Quarterly downloads 12 (Ranked 126th)
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ShortUrl is a special page extension that helps create shortened URLs for wiki pages, using their base36 encoded IDs. Adds a 'Short URL' link to the Toolbox. Primarily developed for use in the Indic Language Wikipedias.


  • Download and move the extracted ShortUrl 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/ShortUrl
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'ShortUrl' );
  • Run the update script which will automatically create the necessary database tables that this extension needs.
  •   Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.


  1. When installed redirects are available under Special:ShortUrl/<base36>.
  2. Links to redirects can be found in the Toolbox and under the heading (JavaScript only)


  1. (Optional) Run populateShortUrlTable.php maintenance script. Fills the shorturl database table with entries for all namespace/title parts of all currently existing articles.
  2. Set $wgShortUrlTemplate to the template of the path for generating short URLs. $1 is replaced with the actual short URL ID.

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