MediaWiki skins manual - category
Release status: stable
Description A dark skin that melds old-style organic ornaments with modern design and typography
  • Automattic — original code (PHP, CSS, etc.)
  • Jack Phoenix — MediaWiki port
Latest version 1.3.2
MediaWiki 1.39+
PHP 5.3+
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
Example Interface Messages Wiki, Wikimedia Skins Lab
Quarterly downloads 19 (Ranked 21st)
Public wikis using 861 (Ranked 23rd)
Public wikis using as default skin 0
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DuskToDawn is a MediaWiki skin ported from the free and open source, GPL-licensed WordPress theme with the same name. It is described on the WordPress theme site as "a dark theme[sic] that melds old-style organic ornaments with modern design and typography".

The WordPress theme was written by Automattic and the MediaWiki port was done by Jack Phoenix on 11 January 2014 for ShoutWiki.

Dusk to Dawn is, according to various different WordPress sources, the successor to the Dusk skin.

Its content area is even narrower than Dusk's, which means that various MediaWiki pages — such as Special:Version, etc. — render outright poorly.

Main features

  • "Page last edited (by Foo)" line below the page title, akin to that on ShoutWiki's default skin, Aurora
  • No logo
  • Narrow content area (see the intro section of this page), which makes this suitable for blog-like sites


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