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Skins: $wgDefaultSkin
The default skin for new users.
Introduced in version:1.3.0
Removed in version:still in use
Allowed values:(string)
Default value:'vector'
'monobook' (1.3.0–1.17.0)


This setting sets the default skin and should be set to the lowercase name of the skin (e.g. 'monobook', not 'MonoBook').

Note that this only sets the default skin. The site renders in this skin to anonymous visitors and to registered users who have not chosen a different skin in Preferences or temporarily overridden the skin. (Use $wgSkipSkins to limit the skins that users can choose in Preferences.)

Changing user preferences when removing a skinEdit

In versions up to at most 1.11, upon registration the value of $wgDefaultSkin was copied to the user preferences; thus setting $wgDefaultSkin to another skin would not have had any effect on registered users, even if they never changed their preferences. And it did not have an effect on registered users, who did change the skin to use.

When you remove a skin from the list of skins to choose from, use the maintenance script userOptions.php to make sure that this skin is also not chosen by any user:

php userOptions.php skin --old "monobook" --new "vector"

This will change the skin for all registered users, who have selected Monobook, to Vector.

Available skinsEdit

Several skins are included with the MediaWiki installer tarball (the table below details the versions they were/are available with). You can find more skins in Category:All skins.

The first column gives the ID which should be used to configure this setting, the second gives the name as it appears within the MediaWiki interface and the third indicates the versions of MediaWiki that this skin is available for:

Skins included with the MediaWiki installer tarball
ID Name Versions
standard Classic 01001pre-1.0 – 1.21
nostalgia Nostalgia 01001pre-1.0 – 1.21
cologneblue Cologne Blue 01001pre-1.0 - 1.30
smarty Paddington 010002003-09-11 - 1.2
montparnasse Montparnasse 010002003-09-11 - 1.2
davinci DaVinci 010301.3
modern Modern 011201.12 - 1.30
monobook MonoBook 010301.3+
myskin MySkin 010301.3 – 1.21
chick Chick 010401.4 – 1.21
simple Simple 010501.5 – 1.21
timeless Timeless 013101.31+
vector Vector 011601.16+
amethyst Amethyst 010401.4
wikimania Wikimania 010401.4