MediaWiki extensions manual
Release status: beta
Implementation Special page
Description Tracks user page hits from Special:Wiretap
Author(s) James Montalvo (Jamesmontalvo3talk)
Latest version 0.1 (2017-04-25)
MediaWiki 1.25+
PHP 5.3+
Database changes Yes
License GPL
  • $wgDisableCounters
  • $wgWiretapAddToPeriodCounter
  • $wgWiretapCounterPeriod
  • $wgWiretapAddToAlltimeCounter

The Wiretap extension allows users to track the usage of the wiki from Special:Wiretap. It will display the pages hits by users in reverse chronological order. It is heavily based on Extension:UserPageViewTracker, but records each individual hit instead of counting number of hits. Additionally, it tracks the referring page for each hit, so you can see how each user got to the page. Also, it tracks hits to the Special:Wiretap page itself, so all snooping is being tracked.

As of this writing this extension is in beta phase, and is very bare-bones. I plan on adding several features to it. It will eventually be paired with another extension currently under development which will monitor how well a page is watched and maintained.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called Wiretap in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php :
    require_once "$IP/extensions/Wiretap/Wiretap.php";
  • 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.

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