MediaWiki extensions manual
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Release status: stable
Tabs extension.png
Implementation Tag , Parser function
Description Allows simple creation of tab menus, dropdown menus, and collapsible boxes.
Author(s) Joeytje50talk
Latest version 1.29+ (2018-01-20)
MediaWiki 1.25+
PHP 5.4+
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later

  • ‎<tabs>
  • ‎<tab>
Quarterly downloads 109 (Ranked 80th)
Public wikis using 126 (Ranked 488th)
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The Tabs extension makes it possible to insert tab menus, dropdown menus, and collapsible boxes into any page, using the ‎<tabs /> and ‎<tab> tags, or the {{#tab:}} parser function. This extension requires no JavaScript to work, except for older browsers such as Internet Explorer 8 and lower as a CSS :checked polyfill. As opposed to other extensions, this independence from JavaScript results in having no flash of unstyled content when the page loads.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called Tabs in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php :
    wfLoadExtension( 'Tabs' );
  •   Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.


None, but the default background colour for dropdown menus is stored on the "MediaWiki:tabs-dropdown-bgcolor" page.


See Extension:Tabs/Usage .

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