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Interwiki links are links to pages of other projects, using a prefixed internal link style.

Interwiki links make it possible, to link to pages of (e.g.) Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikinews etc.

A link like [[Wikipedia:Main Page]] will appear like this: Wikipedia:Main Page and redirect you to Wikipedia's Main Page.

Interwiki links to other projects

Default

Several Wikimedia-Projects (and others) are ready for interwiki linking by default, so you can use them without editing your database:

prefix direction usage example
commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ [[commons:MediaWiki]]
mediazilla http://bugzilla.wikipedia.org/ [[mediazilla:1209]]
meta http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/ [[meta:Main Page]]
mw http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/ [[mw:Help:Contents]]
wikibooks http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/ [[wikibooks:Main Page]]
wikimedia http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/ [[wikimedia:Main Page]]
wikinews http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/ [[wikinews:Main Page]]
wikiquote http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/ [[wikiquote:Main Page]]
wikisource http://sources.wikipedia.org/wiki/ [[wikisource:Main Page]]
wikispecies http://species.wikipedia.org/wiki/ [[wikispecies:Main Page]]
wiktionary http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ [[wiktionary:Main Page]]

Adding more

As the Wikipedia isn't set up by default, you might want to add it (and other projects of your need).

You have to edit your database. Go to table interwiki and add a new line:

  • iw_prefix: choose a prefix, which is used for interwiki linking, e.g. "Wikipedia" or "wp" for linking to Wikipedia
  • iw_url: enter the project's URL, e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/$1 for Wikipedia. Don't forget the $1 as it is replaced with the article's name you are linking to ([[Wikipedia:Main Page]] links to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page).
  • iw_local: (don't know what this is for)
  • iw_trans: (don't know what this is for)