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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

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}} 2017 Year
{{CURRENTMONTH}} 07 Month (zero-padded number)
{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} July Month (name)
{{CURRENTMONTHNAMEGEN}} July Month (genitive form)
{{CURRENTMONTHABBREV}} Jul Month (abbreviation)
{{CURRENTDAY}} 26 Day of the month (unpadded number)
{{CURRENTDAY2}} 26 Day of the month (zero-padded number)
{{CURRENTDOW}} 3 Day of the week (unpadded number)
{{CURRENTDAYNAME}} Wednesday Day of the week (name)
{{CURRENTTIME}} 19:31 Time (24-hour HH:mm format)
{{CURRENTHOUR}} 19 Hour (24-hour zero-padded number)
{{CURRENTWEEK}} 30 Week (number)
{{CURRENTTIMESTAMP}} 20170726193142 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


Variable Output Description
{{SITENAME}} Magicpedia Name of the wiki ($wgSitename)
{{CONTENTLANGUAGE}} en Default interface language ($wgLanguageCode)
{{NUMBEROFPAGES}} 19,043 Number of wiki pages
{{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} 8,439 Number of pages in main namespace
{{NUMBEROFFILES}} 2,411 Number of uploaded files

Latest revision to a page

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}} 50986 Unique ID
{{REVISIONDAY}} 28 Day edit was made (unpadded number)
{{REVISIONDAY2}} 28 Day edit was made (zero-padded number)
{{REVISIONMONTH}} 01 Month edit was made (unpadded number)
{{REVISIONYEAR}} 2012 Year edit was made
{{REVISIONTIMESTAMP}} 20120128210620 Timestamp as of time of edit

URL data


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

Page names

Variable Output Description
{{FULLPAGENAME}} Help:Variables Namespace and page title
{{BASEPAGENAME}} Variables The namespace and page title excluding the current subpage ("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}} Magicpedia
{{ns:5}} or {{ns:Project_talk}} Magicpedia 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