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The associated page is used by the MediaWiki software to add and remove interwiki link prefixes (such as [[w:blah]] to "blah" on Wikipedia). Any Meta-Wiki administrator can edit the interwiki map. It is synced to the Wikimedia cluster every few weeks. Please post comments to the appropriate section (Proposed additions, Proposed removals, Requests for updates, Troubleshooting, or Other discussions); read the boxes at the top of each for an explanation. Completed requests are moved to the archives.
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Proposed additions[edit]

Symbol comment vote.svg The Interwiki Map exists to allow a more efficient syntax for linking between wikis, and thus promote the cooperation and proliferation of wikis and free content.

This section is for proposing a new interwiki link prefix. Interwiki prefixes should be reserved for websites that would be useful on a significant number of pages ({{LinkSummary}} can help). Websites useful only to a few pages should be linked to with the usual external link syntax. Please don't propose additions of sites with too few pages or that contain copyright infringing content, such as YouTube. As a guide, sites considered for inclusion should probably

  1. provide clear and relevant use to the Wikimedia projects, including the purpose of the site
  2. be trusted not to encourage spam links being added to the Wikimedia projects
  3. be free content (under a Commons-acceptable license)
  4. be a wiki
  5. have reasonable amounts of content
  6. not contain malware

Add new entries at the bottom of the section. When requesting a new prefix, please explain why it would be useful keeping the above in mind. Admins, please allow consensus to form (or at least no objections to be raised over a period of a few days) before adding new entries, as once added they are hard to remove from the many copies around the world.

Requests for removal should be submitted on the talk page in the removals section and will be decided on by a Meta admin.



I'm pretty surprised that I didn't see this here already: OmegaWiki is a good and extensive non-WMF wiki with incoming links. I think we should support it thought the map. —Justin (koavf)TCM 17:06, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

There are about 600+ links, though some by same person in user space, and others in multi-language translations. Either way there looks to be a general acceptance by the community that linking to the site is reasonable, and if that is the case, then our making it easier, and more resilient to change also sounds reasonable. Anyone see downsides to the interwiki?  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:19, 31 January 2017 (UTC)
Nope. I like the idea. In fact, there was a "Multilingual Wiktionary" project on Incubator that was trying to move in that direction, but in the end there was no need for it, because OmegaWiki already exists. StevenJ81 (talk) 03:19, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
Actually it is intended to move it to our servers and integrate it into Wikidata/Wiktionary someday. --Vogone (talk) 03:27, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
That's stretching a point; right now it seems like an open proposal, nothing more. StevenJ81 (talk) 03:46, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
It only lacks implementation, there is very clear consensus to move forward and OmegaWiki itself already decided to make the way free for the move. It may be true that it still is going to be rejected despite the consensus, but the intent to move cannot be denied. --Vogone (talk) 14:35, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

Final thoughts?  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:09, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

@Billinghurst: Seems uncontroversial to me. —Justin (koavf)TCM 05:14, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

Can someone please add this? —Justin (koavf)TCM 09:04, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Support Support it is basically a superior version of the Wiktionary, and contains a lot more languages. --Donald Trung (Talk 🤳🏻) (My global lock 😒🌏🔒) (My global unlock 😄🌏🔓) 10:35, 29 October 2017 (UTC)



Bonjour! uMap is one of the largest multilangual online map service that use layers / opensource / OpenStreetMap. We use it a lot within Wiki pages, not only in English or French, but also in other languages. It would be awesome to have an Interwiki created for uMap. Especially right now, since we're organising the Canadian Contribution Month!! Thank you in advance. Best regards, Benoit Rochon (talk) 17:24, 6 September 2017 (UTC)

I support this. Amqui (talk) 02:46, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
Can you give some examples of the urls in use and how they are stable. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 14:24, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment Comment At the moment system tells me ... COIBot> 154 records; Top 10 wikis where has been added: w:fr (31), w:de (16), w:en (15), m (8), w:tr (8), w:es (6), www.mediawiki (6), w:ar (5), w:ca (4), de.wikivoyage (4).

The community is using uMap a lot. I'm the president Wikimedia Canada and we use uMap layers very often, since many years. We would like to have an interwiki for$1 ... This is just common sense. Thank you to make this happen. Best regards. Benoit Rochon (talk) 03:19, 8 September 2017 (UTC)

@Девочка Енота: The request was to have example urls and demonstration that they are stable. That is still a requirement for us to place an interwiki.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:07, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
Hello billinghurst & Девочка Енота, I use the uMap at least twice a year for Wikimedia contests :
I use uMap for the past 5 years and URLs$1 are stable and multilingual. Best regards, Benoit Rochon (talk) 13:34, 24 January 2018 (UTC)[edit]

Link:$1 prefix:regio:

  1. provide clear and relevant use to the Wikimedia projects, including the purpose of the site: it is a special wiki for topics, that dont merit a separate Wikipedia article in but are appropriate for a wiki with more localized content and viewers. So serveral articles are used to be exported to from Sometimes articles are re-imported to, when topics have been gaining in importance.
    Many wiki-newbies start working in and then change to is suported by WMAT (Wikimedia Austria) as a partner project of WMAT
  2. be trusted not to encourage spam links being added to the Wikimedia projects: It is a private wiki, that requires user registration before any edit is permitted. Registration is done by sysops and requires application via email;
  3. be free content (under a Commons-acceptable license): Source of files and pics is simply WikiCommons, see e.g. most used files on;
  4. be a wiki: yes;
  5. have reasonable amounts of content: lots of content already with 25,743,616 hits (!); see main side (german), among others;
  6. not contain malware: of course not.

Thanks a lot, --Agruwie (talk) 22:26, 29 November 2017 (UTC)

There are many links to at user talk pages, because during relevance discussion or deletion discussion often is suggested as an alternative wiki for articles focusing on regional issues, best --Agruwie (talk) 03:37, 10 April 2018 (UTC)[edit]

Link:$1 prefix:dashboard:

  1. tool developped by WMF.
  2. stable link :$1
  3. easy to use prefix : [[:dashboard:]] /or/ [[:wmfdashboard:]]
  4. provide clear and relevant use to the Wikimedia projects.
  5. relevant for edit-a-thons, organizers, users, stats, etc.
  6. allow to create "Enroll" buttons using an non external link.

—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Benoit Rochon (talk) 4 January 2018‎[edit] was the old domain name of the wiki before the move in 2016. All the links to are automatically redirected to

Link:$1 prefix:Transit:

  1. stable link :$1
  1. provide clear and relevant use to the Wikimedia projects, including the purpose of the site
    • Allows easy linking to detailed transit information. The wiki is designed specifically as a travel guide on public transportation. Some users on Wikipedia tried to include detailed transit information for specific locations but got rejected because such information takes too much space relative to other relevant contents and not meeting the purpose of Wikipedia. See [1] for example. and Wikipedia have separate purposes for the same transit system or transit infrastructure: one focuses on being a user guide and directory, the other focuses on background, history, and controversies.
  2. be trusted not to encourage spam links being added to the Wikimedia projects
    • has operated for a decade spam free. User accounts are manually approved.
  3. be free content (under a Commons-acceptable license)
    • CC BY-SA 3.0
  4. be a wiki
    • yes
  5. have reasonable amounts of content
    • 37,043 content pages covering transit routes (down to individual route level), transit centers/stations, and community destinations.
  6. not contain malware
    • no malware.

Acnetj (talk) 08:50, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

I see about 70 links on wikis to; and no links to How much do you believe it is going to be used?  — billinghurst sDrewth 14:13, 8 April 2018 (UTC)
There's no direct lines to because the old links to got redirected to automatically. There should be at least 70 links. Acnetj (talk) 02:16, 20 April 2018 (UTC)[edit]

Link:$1 prefix:wikitrek:

WikiTrek is an open project aimed to convert it:HyperTrek from a custom-made dynamic site to a wiki based on MediaWiki.
HyperTrek is the most comprehensive guide to en:Star Trek in Italian, but it is no longer actively maintained. To update the site, improve collaboration and simplify contributions, all the data have been transferred from the old site to new wiki. This wiki already has several contributors and we think the user base will increase in due time.

Italian Wikipedia already tooks data from Hypertrek, but it does not make sense to duplicate that information: this is lenghty manual process. With this conversion, the content of the site was automatically converted to a MediaWiki site and, implementing this interwiki link, all the content con be linked directly from Wikipedia. So users an take advantage from a complete data set and easy linking with no manual work.

Tu summarize:

  1. provide clear and relevant use to the Wikimedia projects, including the purpose of the site
    It is the most comprehensive guide to Star Trek in italian
  2. be trusted not to encourage spam links being added to the Wikimedia projects
    spam does not exist on the site and the community will take care this will be the case in future as well
  3. be free content (under a Commons-acceptable license)
    texts are released under CC BY-SA 4.0 or GFDL
  4. be a wiki
    it is a wiki based on standard MediaWiki installation
  5. have reasonable amounts of content
    site currently has more than 14.000 pages
  6. not contain malware
    it does not contain any malware

Lucamauri (talk) 08:42, 8 April 2018 (UTC)

Support Support I support this project because is the natural evolution of HyperTrek. --Hypertrek (talk) 10:36, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Proposed removals[edit]

Symbol comment vote.svg This section is for proposing that a prefix be disabled; please add new entries at the bottom of the section. Remember to explain why it should be disabled, particularly in view of the difficulty involved in correcting any use of the prefix (to generate a list of pages to fix: toollabs:pirsquared/iw.php). Completed requests are marked with {{done}} or {{not done}} and moved to the archives.

Requests for updates[edit]

Symbol comment vote.svg This section is for requesting update for an existing interwiki. This could be needed if your site's URL has changed. Please add new entries at the bottom of the section.

DMOZ and DMOZS[edit]

The DMOZ community is now live at so please replace instances of "" (a static mirror) with "" (a live fork that continues the project). —Justin (koavf)TCM 21:35, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

For the dmoz prefix, the target URL should be changed from$1 to$1 instead in order to make this change. (This is assuming that Curlie is a legitimate fork of DMOZ and that its replication of Web pages from DMOZ and/or is in compliance with any licensing requirements.) --Elegie (talk) 06:39, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

Six prefixes with HTTP URLs that generate redirects to HTTPS URLs[edit]

Six prefixes are listed below. These prefixes each have a target URL uses HTTP. At the same time, the target URL for each prefix generates one or more HTTP 301 redirects such that the user ends up at an HTTPS URL. (For example, it may happen where the HTTP URL generates a 301 redirect to an HTTPS URL which generates another 301 redirect to another HTTPS URL.) It would seem useful, if at all possible, to have these prefixes use HTTPS URLs instead of HTTP URLs, in order to provide increased privacy and security for users and to reduce the number of redirects. Thanks.

--Elegie (talk) 07:03, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

@Billinghurst: Any thoughts on this? (It appears that the target URL for wmfr has since been changed to HTTPS.) --Elegie (talk) 07:24, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
@Elegie: To help make these easier to action can I suggest that keeping it simple works best. So the interwiki, the new url/parameter, an existing example so we can watch its new target
Yes check.svg updated  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:33, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

ForthFreak target URLs redirect to GitHub wiki[edit]

As of this writing, the ForthFreak prefix has the target URL$1. From what it appears, URLs that start with generate a 301 Moved Permanently redirect to For example, there are the URLs and It might be useful to use the GitHub page as the target URL for the ForthFreak prefix, in order to provide increased privacy and security for users by using an HTTPS URL, and for eliminating the redirect. Another possibility might be to use a target URL such as$1, to increase the chance that the URL for an existing wiki entry will be redirected to the corresponding wiki entry (assuming one exists) at the GitHub wiki. For example, there is a wiki entry on the GitHub page at --Elegie (talk) 05:57, 2 April 2018 (UTC)

@Elegie:Looking at has me thinking that we would be better to just remove the interwiki link, it isn't being used.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:50, 3 April 2018 (UTC)

Updating to https links[edit]

The following affiliate links are available on https now and I suggest their interwiki links are updated to use the more secure links.


TheDJ (talkcontribs) 13:27, 4 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:49, 5 April 2018 (UTC)

Squatted/missing domains[edit]

The following interwiki links go to a squatted domain or a no longer registered domain. I suggest updating them to redirect to a dedicated meta page.


TheDJ (talkcontribs) 13:27, 4 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg updated converted these to link to static pages Wikimedia Hong Kong, Wikimedia Kenya, and Wikimedia Philippines respectively. @TheDJ: I am interpreting that as your suggestion.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:52, 5 April 2018 (UTC)


Due to upstream updates, please update that url to$1. --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 10:46, 7 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg updated, will roll out whenever map next refreshed  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:16, 7 April 2018 (UTC)


Can we please update infosphere to use https: instead of http:?

Thank you, —LLarson (said & done) 12:13, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

When I follow an existing http: link to the site it does not redirect me to an https: link. When I morph the http to https I get a browser warning that it is an insecure link. I would suggest that it is not fully compliant.  — billinghurst sDrewth 14:57, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: I tried multiple browsers on macOS, Windows, and iOS but wasn’t able to recreate your browser’s warning. My web console did list the website’s Creative Commons badge as being requested over HTTP,1 but if it is called, it is served over HTTPS.2 If that is what is causing your warning, I see user risk outweighed by benefits here. —LLarson (said & done) 15:59, 11 June 2018 (UTC)


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