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MediaWiki extensions manual
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Release status: unmaintained
Implementation Special page
Description Notifies of new updates
Author(s) ofbeatontalk
Latest version 0.1.3 (2011-12-25)
PHP 5.3+
Database changes No
License BSD 2-clause "Simplified" License
Download None
Release notes
  • view-special-update
  • action-special-update
Translate the Update extension if it is available at
Check usage and version matrix.

The Update extension will display new releases of MediaWiki (stable) and new requirements for PHP and MySQL. In addition it will display new versions of installed extensions (that have MediaWiki pages). We hope to iterate and expand upon the functionality, please see the Roadmap for details and ideas.


Once installed, simply browse to the Special:Update page on your wiki. It should also appear in the list of special pages list, however on very old wikis you may need to browse to it directly.

Download instructionsEdit

No longer available for download. It never got past the limited functionality, and never supported git, only limited svn. mediawiki long moved the location of the extension downloads.

You can consult the CHANGELOG for version history.


To install this extension, add the following to LocalSettings.php:

#add configuration parameters here

User rightsEdit

You can assign new rights in the following manner:

$wgGroupPermissions['bureaucrat']['view-special-update'] = true;

Substituting bureaucrat with the desired group to gain the right.

Right Explanation
view-special-update Can view the Special:Update page and see what has older versions.
action-special-update Not currently in use, but eventually for doing one-click tasks like downloading or installing extensions.


It has been tested with:

  • MediaWiki trunk 2011-09-25 stable 1.18.0, 1.17.1, 1.16.5, 1.15.5

For those of you who use older versions of MediaWiki. It does not work with:

  • MediaWiki 1.3.18

Also not working for newer versions

  • Mediawiki 1.23.6

See alsoEdit