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MediaWiki variables are strings of text that output as information such as time, site details, or page names.


The syntax of most variables is similar to templates, but capitalized to help avoid conflicts. If a template has the same name and case as a variable, the variable will be used. Usage of the template can be forced by adding the "msg:" modifier (for example, "{{msg:CURRENTYEAR}}").

Page-dependent variables will return data about the currently-viewed page, regardless of whether the variable is in the page code or a transcluded template.


Date & time[edit]

The following variables return the current date and time according to the user's timezone preferences, defaulting to the UTC timezone.

Due to MediaWiki and browser caching, these variables frequently show when the page was cached rather than the current time.

Variable Output Description
{{CURRENTYEAR}} 2024 Year
{{CURRENTMONTH}} 02 Month (zero-padded number)
{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} February Month (name)
{{CURRENTMONTHNAMEGEN}} February Month (genitive form)
{{CURRENTMONTHABBREV}} Feb Month (abbreviation)
{{CURRENTDAY}} 23 Day of the month (unpadded number)
{{CURRENTDAY2}} 23 Day of the month (zero-padded number)
{{CURRENTDOW}} 5 Day of the week (unpadded number)
{{CURRENTDAYNAME}} Friday Day of the week (name)
{{CURRENTTIME}} 00:16 Time (24-hour HH:mm format)
{{CURRENTHOUR}} 00 Hour (24-hour zero-padded number)
{{CURRENTWEEK}} 8 Week (number)
{{CURRENTTIMESTAMP}} 20240223001625 ISO 8601 time stamp

The following variables do the same as the above, but using the site's local timezone instead of user preferences and UTC:

  • {{LOCALDAY}}
  • {{LOCALDAY2}}
  • {{LOCALDOW}}

Statistics and technical details[edit]


Variable Output Description
{{SITENAME}} NYC Resistor Wiki Name of the wiki ($wgSitename)
{{CONTENTLANGUAGE}} en Default interface language ($wgLanguageCode)
{{NUMBEROFPAGES}} 826 Number of wiki pages
{{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} 99 Number of pages in main namespace
{{NUMBEROFFILES}} 238 Number of uploaded files

Latest revision to a page[edit]

The following variables return data about the latest edit to the current page, even if viewing an older version of the page.

Variable Output Description
{{REVISIONID}} 3954 Unique ID
{{REVISIONDAY}} 3 Day edit was made (unpadded number)
{{REVISIONDAY2}} 03 Day edit was made (zero-padded number)
{{REVISIONMONTH}} 01 Month edit was made (unpadded number)
{{REVISIONYEAR}} 2008 Year edit was made
{{REVISIONTIMESTAMP}} 20080103184434 Timestamp as of time of edit

URL data[edit]


Variable Output Description
{{SERVER}} domain URL ($wgServer)
{{SERVERNAME}} domain name ($wgServerName)
{{SCRIPTPATH}} /w relative script path ($wgScriptPath)
{{localurl:pagename|query string}}
/w/index.php?title=Pagename&query string
relative path to title

Page names[edit]

Variable Output Description
{{FULLPAGENAME}} Help:Variables Namespace and page title
{{BASEPAGENAME}} Variables Page title excluding the current subpage and without the Namespace prepended ("Title" on "Title/foo")
{{PAGENAME}} Variables Page title
{{SUBPAGENAME}} Variables The subpage title ("foo" on "Title/foo")
{{SUBJECTPAGENAME}} Help:Variables The title of the associated content page.
{{TALKPAGENAME}} Help talk:Variables The title of the associated talk page.

The following are URL-encoded equivalents:



Variable Output Description
{{NAMESPACE}} Help Namespace (name)
{{SUBJECTSPACE}} Help Name of the associated content namespace
{{TALKSPACE}} Help talk Name of the associated talk namespace

The following are URL-encoded equivalents:


{{ns:}} returns the localized namespace name for that number of constant. The default values are:

Usage Output
{{ns:-2}} or {{ns:Media}} Media
{{ns:-1}} or {{ns:Special}} Special
{{ns:0}} or {{ns:Main}}
{{ns:1}} or {{ns:Talk}} Talk
{{ns:2}} or {{ns:User}} User
{{ns:3}} or {{ns:User_talk}} User talk
{{ns:4}} or {{ns:Project}} Project
{{ns:5}} or {{ns:Project_talk}} Project talk
{{ns:6}} or {{ns:Image}} File
{{ns:7}} or {{ns:Image_talk}} File talk
{{ns:8}} or {{ns:MediaWiki}} MediaWiki
{{ns:9}} or {{ns:MediaWiki_talk}} MediaWiki talk
{{ns:10}} or {{ns:Template}} Template
{{ns:11}} or {{ns:Template_talk}} Template talk
{{ns:12}} or {{ns:Help}} Help
{{ns:13}} or {{ns:Help_talk}} Help talk
{{ns:14}} or {{ns:Category}} Category
{{ns:15}} or {{ns:Category_talk}} Category talk

Custom variables[edit]

MediaWiki also supports custom variables defined as part of extensions or specific to a particular installation. For example, some installations might find it helpful to have a variable that identifies the name of the sponsoring organization or the portion of the wiki URL that precedes the title if it is liable to change or more complex than http://{{SERVERNAME}}.

For more information, please see Manual:Variable.

External links[edit]

MetaWiki: Help:Variable