The WikiSearchFront extension is a front-end for WikiSearch written in Vue.js

For installation instructions see the extension page

For full-text search and showing highlighted result snippets WSSemanticParsedText need to be installed and Semantic MediaWiki has to be configured to use elasticStore and store raw text in Elasticsearch with the following setting in LocalSettings.php
$smwgElasticsearchConfig["indexer"]["raw.text"] = true;



The WikiSearchFront extension must be configured using the WikiSearchFrontend parser function

There are 3 types of configuration:

  • Settings, without a prefix
  • Filter settings, prefixed with a @
  • Result settings, prefixed with a ?

Configurations can have setting options prefixed with a #

Example configuration:

|title=Page Title
    #label=Publication year
    #template=Rating icon

Available configuration options




These are optional settings for the main interface

parameter parameter values settings setting values description default example
size <number> defines how many results are shown per page 10 size=10
size options <number>, <number> if set a drop-down with the defined size options will be shown size options=10, 20, 50
title <property> property that will be used for the search results title and link page title=Title




#label <text> sets a label for the title column in table layout
#highlight true highlights the search term in the title
#urlstring <text> adds search terms as an url parameter named by the value to the links href
#wrap true wrap the result with a link
sort <property> sets sorting alphabetically based on a property instead of the default relevance order score sort=Title
order desc asc order=desc
sort options <property>, <property> if set a drop-down with sort options will be shown, default results will be sorted by relevance, optional a label for the property to sort on can be set by adding text after the property divised by : sort options=Version, Title
<text>:<property>,<text>:<property> sort options=Version:Version number, Title:Page name
layout table changes the layout for the search results to a table layout=table
calendar changes the layout for the search results to a calendar layout=calendar
template use a template to display the results layout=template
calendar <property> #display year show year view instead of the month view calendar=Event date#weekend=false#color=Type
#weekend false don't show weekends
#color <property> property to use for adding CSS classes to different calendar items, so they can be assigned a color in your style sheet
#template <template> template to use for creating new calendar items
#slot <slot> slot to write to main
#prefix text prefix to use for event page name
template <template> to be used with layout=template
clear term if set, the 'clear all filters' button also clears the search term clear=term
facets <number> how many facets to show before a 'show more' button is shown 5 facets=10
theme dark uses a dark theme theme=dark
selected <property>:<value>;<property>:<value> list of pre-selected filters Version:1.0;Page name:Title
info true show information icon about special search operators (OR, AND, and more) info=true
action <function> or <page> #label text action to perform with selected results, display=checkbox action=doAction#label=Action
#type page

Search result settings


These are optional settings for the search result output they are defined by adding a ? in front of the property name.

parameter settings setting values description example
?<property> #display image displays an image, the property must be a relative URL to the image ?Image#display=image
link creates a link from a property ?User#display=link
pill creates a pill, that can be used for filter selection ?Tag#display=pill
template parses a template, add #template=<template> . The {{{Page|}}} and {{{Value|}}} parameters are passed to the template ?Icon#display=template

#template=Icon for search

checkbox show a checkbox, can be used with action ?User#display=checkbox
#template <template> used with #display=template
#label <text> adds a label in front of the displayed property value. When table layout is used it defines the tabel column header name ?Rating#label=Page rating
#highlight true highlights the search term on the displayed property value ?Description#highlight=true
Default properties, these can be used to create a custom order for your results
?$snippet the search result snippet
?$title set #display=link
?$image if result is a file page
?$Modification date

Facets filter settings


Facet filters are defined by adding an @ in front of the property name. All settings are optional. When no display setting is used the default checkboxes are displayed.

Filter properties also need to be set in the WikiSearchConfig, except for display type ask combobox, search, datepicker, date and range see WikiSearch for more information

Some display types need a setting with an ask query, see Semantic MediaWiki ask query string for more information about them.

parameter settings setting values description example
@<property> #display elastic combobox show a select drop-down with aggregated search results, to hide the result count add #count=false @Author#display=elastic combobox
switch add a switch, you can set a value for true false and default @Author#display=switch#true=Has name#false=Has no name#default=false
combobox shows a drop-down combo-box instead of the default checkboxes @Author#display=combobox
ask combobox shows a combobox and uses an ask query as you type to generate options. see ask combox for more information @Author

#display=ask combobox


#data=Full name

search adds a search input for the specified property @Title#display=search
datepicker adds two DateInputWidgets that are used for filtering the results by a date property @Modification date#display=datepicker
range adds the default checkboxes but with a set of ranges from the property. see range for more information @Range




sorted adds the default checkboxes but sorts on a given ask query. see sorted for more information @Tag



#data=-Tag group.Name

#text=Tag name

date shows date facets with ranges for 'last week', 'last moth', 'last quarter', and 5 years, needs #type=date to be set @Modification date



slider adds a range slider, a max can be set with #max=<number> @Version



#label <text> defines a label to be used for display instead of the property name @User


#logic or set logic to or, needs 'post filter properties' setting in back-end WikiSearchConfig. see WikiSearch for more information @Tag


#sort alphabetically sorts the facets alphabetically, default facets are sorted by page count @Tag


alphanumeric sorts the facets alphanumeric, default facets are sorted by page count @Tag#sort=alphanumericOptional: #order=reverse
#translation <property> translates the property values based on a given ask query. only applicable for properties of type Page. @Service



#value <text> set a value for a single filter
#valueLabel <text> set a label for a single value
ask combobox
#display=ask combobox
setting values description example
#query <ask> ask query
  #display=ask combobox
  #data=Tag ID
  #text=Tag name
#data <property> property for options
#text <property> label for options
#search true searches for typed term on enter key
setting values description example
#query <ask> ask query
  #query=[[Tag::+]][[-Has subobject.Type::Search Tag]]
  #data=-Has subobject.Name
  #text=Tag name
#data <property> property to sort on
#text <property> property for display
setting values description example
#max <number> maximum number of ranges
#step <number> step for range
#type date type for date ranges

Styling and layout


WikiSearchFront can be styled using CSS. Components are logically named using BEM convention, and the layout is defined with CSS Grid. You can just add your own style-sheet, by adding your CSS to common.css or you could use TemplateStyles. A dark theme is available and can be set by adding theme=dark to the config.



Below you find the default layout, grid-template-columns defines the columns sizes, grid-template-rows define the row sizes.

The different components can be moved around by changing the grid-template-areas. In the default layout the search component spans over the whole first row.

.wikisearch {
  display: grid;
  grid-template-columns: minmax(20ch, 30ch) auto minmax(auto, 40ch);
    minmax(2em, auto)
    "search search search"
    "selected selected order"
    "filters action total"
    "filters results results";
  grid-gap: 0.5em 2em;

The available components are:

  • search this is the search input including the search button
  • selected this is the area where the pills for selected filter show up
  • order this is the area where the sort options drop-down will show if sort options are set in the configuration
  • filters this is where the different facet filters will be located
  • total this where the result count will show up
  • results this is the area where the search result are shown, including the pagers
  • action this is the area where the action button will appear



WikiSearchFront uses CSS variables to define colors and icons, the following variables are available to override

  • --ws-color-darker
  • --ws-color
  • --ws-color-lighter
  • --ws-color-lightest
  • --ws-white
  • --tint-1
  • --tint-2
  • --gray-1
  • --gray-2
  • --ws-border-color
  • --ws-border-color-darker
  • --ws-text-color-muted
  • --ws-black-lighter
  • --ws-black
  • --border-1
  • --star-size
  • --transition-short