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The namespace "Special:" consists of "special pages". These have no corresponding wikitext; they are created by the software on demand. Some depend on the preferences that have been set, e.g. classic or enhanced Recent Changes, and the number of titles in Recent Changes and the watchlist, etc.

Special pages for all users

All of the below linked Special pages produce content particular to whatever wiki you are viewing this document on. If you are looking for a list of the available Special pages from a given wiki, use its Special:Specialpages page to get a list, or try viewing the page on this wiki, then editing your web address to change the server name, leaving the page portion intact.

Special pages
Special:Specialpages : A list of all special pages
Special:Preferences : Set your user preferences; for some project families, notably Wikia, this applies for the whole family. See Help:Preferences.
My watchlist
Special:Watchlist : Show the pages you are watching. (Watchlist help)
Recent changes
Special:Recentchanges : The latest edits in the project.
Upload file
Special:Upload : Upload a file to the wiki.
Image list
Special:Imagelist : List of images uploaded that can be sorted by size or date
User list
Special:Listusers : A list of all registered users. For some project families, notably Wikia, this applies for the whole family.
Admins list
Special:Listadmins : A list of all Administrators.
Special:Statistics : total number of pages and users
Random page
Special:Randompage : redirects to a random page from the main namespace which is not a redirect.
Orphaned pages
Special:Lonelypages : Lonely articles.
Uncategorized pages
Special:Uncategorizedpages : Pages without category tags (note that after adding a tag to a page refreshing this page does not immediately reflects the change)
Unused images
Wanted pages
Special:Wantedpages : Articles which have been requested / most wanted, specifically those that have at least 2 incoming links, but do not exist.
Short pages
Special:Shortpages - pages in the main namespace, with size (of the wikitext excluding that of templates used) in bytes, in order of increasing size
Long pages
Special:Longpages - pages in the main namespace, with size in bytes, in order of decreasing size
New pages
Special:Newpages : new pages in the main namespace - newest pages in the main namespace, with creation date and time, current size, user who created the page, and first edit summary, in reverse order of creation
Oldest pages
Special:Ancientpages - pages in the main namespace, with creation date and time, in order of creation
Dead-end pages
Special:Deadendpages : Pages without any outgoing links.
All pages
Special:Allpages : all pages in a specified namespace in alphabetical order, including redirects (unfortunately without showing which are redirects); is on Wikimedia sometimes temporarily disabled. Template:H:new
List of blocked IP addresses and usernames
Special:Ipblocklist : Blocked IPs and usernames
Book sources
Special:Booksources : ISBN Book Sources
Export pages
Special:Export : Produces an XML file containing the wikitext and metadata of either the current version only, or all revisions, of one or more pages, specified in the form of a list; the XML file is in the format required for Special:Import; exporting is typically done either in preparation of applying the latter at another MediaWiki project, or for searching within old page revisions. See Help:Export and import.
Special:Version : The version of the software the site is currently running
Wikimedia Board of Trustees election
Special:Boardvote : Voting software for the now finished elections
Special:SiteMatrix : list of all projects
Talk page
Special:Mytalk : Link to the talk page of the user who follows it.

Restricted special pages

Block user
Special:Blockip : Sysop only. Used to block or unblock users, IPs and ranges of IPs.


Restore deleted page
Special:Undelete : Sysop only. One way to undelete a page.
Make a user into a sysop
Special:Makesysop : Bureaucrat only.
Lock database
Special:Lockdb : Developer only. Puts the wiki in read only mode.
Unlock database
Special:Unlockdb : Developer only. Puts the wiki in read/write mode.
Show process list
Special:ShowProcesslist : Developer only.

Currently unavailable special pages

SQL query
Special:Asksql : Sysop only. Database interface for running queries. Currently disabled.
All system messages
Special:Allmessages : Displays all pages in the MediaWiki namespace. Currently disabled.
Unicode Converter
Special:UnicodeConverter : Converts Unicode to HTML entities : Not currently available outside of the test wiki
Popular pages
Special:Popularpages : The most visited pages. Currently disabled.
Maintenance page
Special:Maintenance : Currently disabled.


  • Special:Log - combined display of upload, deletion, protection, blocking, and sysop logs. You can narrow down the view by selecting a log type, the user name (case-sensitive!), or the affected page (usual case-sensitivity, but full name required, e.g. "Image:Map South Holland.png".

Old logs on Psychology Wiki, until Dec 2004:


Special pages can be linked to as usual, like Special:Recentchanges.

Special pages requiring a target page:

Special pages requiring a target user:

Special page allowing a starting page:

In some cases the full URL has to be given, like an external link, for example (last 10 changes).

Redirects to Special pages have been disabled because of their complications.

"Special:" in URLs is e.g. "Speciaal" in Dutch, "Spezial" in German, "Speciális:" in Hungarian and "מיוחד:" in Hebrew. See e.g the prefix of "Recentchanges" in the URL of the link to the Recent changes.

On a special page the tab labelled with the namespace, in this case "Special Page", oddly links to the Main page.

{{Special:Newpages/5}} gives 5 new pages:

Help:Alphabetic order

See also


Wikipedia-specific help

Template:Ph:Special page

This page is a copy of the master help page at Meta (for general help information all Wikimedia projects can use), with two Wikipedia-specific templates inserted. To update the main text, edit the master help page for all projects at m:Help:Special page. For Wikipedia-specific issues, use Template:Ph:Special page (the extra text at the bottom of this page) or Template:Phh:Special page for a Wikipedia-specific lead (text appears at the top of this page). You are welcome to copy the exact wikitext from the master page at Meta and paste it into this page at any time. To view this page in other languages see the master page at Meta.

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).
Special Pages

A screenshot of Special Pages.

Special pages are useful tools and reports that come with the MediaWiki software and help with wikia management. Special pages always begin with the prefix "Special:".

How to Find Special Pages

  • If you're an admin on the wikia, you can find this in the Admin Dashboard under the "Advanced" Tab.
  • If you want to create a shortcut to this list, you can add it to your toolbar by clicking "Customize" and adding "Special pages" to your list.

A List of Special Pages

Below is a list of options in Special:SpecialPages, color coded by access levels:

  • Black - Available to anyone
  • Green - Available to logged in users
  • Red - Available to admins and bureaucrats
  • Orange - Available to bureaucrats only

If a Special Page isn't available to a user, it will generally not display on their view of Special:SpecialPages.

Maintenance reports

Broken redirects
Special:BrokenRedirects : List of pages whose target article has been deleted (Help:Redirect)
Dead-end pages
Special:DeadendPages : Pages without any outgoing links.
Double redirects
Special:DoubleRedirects : List of pages that redirect to another redirect page (Help:Redirect)
Long pages
Special:LongPages : Pages that contain the most characters in descending order
Oldest pages
Special:AncientPages : Lists the oldest pages on a wiki
Orphaned pages
Special:LonelyPages : Articles not linked to or from any other page on the wiki
Pages with the fewest revisions
Special:FewestRevisions : Pages with the least amount of edits
Pages without language links
Special:WithoutInterwiki : Pages that do not link to any alternate language counterparts (Help:Interlanguage links)
Protected pages
Special:ProtectedPages : List pages that cannot be edited by non-admins or non-autoconfirmed users (Help:Page protection)
Protected titles
Special:ProtectedTitles : Pages that have been protected from creation from non-admins (Help:Page protection)
Short pages
Special:ShortPages : Pages that contain the fewest characters in ascending order
Tags Report
Special:TagsReport : Lists all of the specific tags in alphabetical order along with how many pages for each tag
Uncategorized categories
Special:UncategorizedCategories : Categories without category tags (Help:Category)
Uncategorized pages
Special:UncategorizedPages : Pages without category tags (Help:Category)
Uncategorized photos
Special:UncategorizedImages : Images without category tags (Help:Category)
Uncategorized templates
Special:UncategorizedTemplates : Templates without category tags (Help:Category)
Unused categories
Special:UnusedCategories displays categories that have not been used
Unused photos
Special:UnusedImages : Images that do not appear on any page (Help:Photos)
Unused templates
Special:UnusedTemplates : Templates that are not included in any page (Help:Templates)
Unused videos
Special:UnusedVideos : Videos that do not appear on any page (Help:Videos)
Unwatched pages
Special:UnwatchedPages : Pages that are not on any user's watchlist
Wanted categories
Special:WantedCategories : Pages that use a category that has not been created yet (Help:Category)
Wanted pages
Special:WantedPages : Most internally linked-to articles that do not yet exist
Wanted photos
Special:WantedFiles : Most internally linked-to files (not just images) that do not yet exist

List of pages

All pages
Special:AllPages : A list of every page on the wiki
All pages with prefix
Special:PrefixIndex Displays all prefixes within the wiki, along with a search box
Categories list
Special:Categories : List of categories (Help:Category)
Category tree
Special:CategoryTree : Use a category name to see its contents as a tree structure (Help:Category)
Disambiguation pages.
Special:Disambiguations : List pages marked as disambiguations (Help:Glossary#D)
Redirects list
Special:ListRedirects : List of redirects on a wiki (Help:Redirect)

Users and rights

Block user
Special:Block : Block a user or IP address. (Help:Blocking)
Blocked IP addresses and usernames
Special:IPBlockList : Blocked IPs and usernames (Help:Blocking)
Change password
Special:ChangePassword : Change the password associated with your user account
Special:Contributions : List of contributions of anonymous or logged-in users (Help:User contributions)
Deleted contributions
Special:DeletedContributions : View a user's or IP address's edits that have been deleted (Help:Deletion)
Edit count
Special:EditCount : Edit tally broken down by namespaces locally and globally (Help:Edit count)
Special:Preferences : Set your user preferences (Help:Preferences)
User group rights
Special:ListGroupRights : List of rights associated with each user group (Help:User access levels)
User rights management
Special:UserRights : Use to appoint new admins/bureaucrats or to add/remove rollback users. (Help:User access levels)
Users list
Special:ListUsers : List of people who have edited this wiki (Help:Active users). You can also narrow it down to view specific user groups with a specific edit. threshold. This tool also has some aliases that will immediately narrow down the scope of the page.
Special:ListAdmins : Only sysops and bureaucrats are returned by default.
Special:ListStaff : Only staff members are returned by default.
Special:ListVSTF : Only VSTF members are returned by default.
Special:ListBots : Only bots are returned by default.
Special:ListHelpers : Only helpers members are returned by default.

Recent changes and logs

Followed Pages
Special:Following : A list of pages you are following on that wiki
Logs (extended list)
Special:Log : Logs of deletion, protection, blocking, image uploads and user rights settings
New pages
Special:NewPages : List of new pages on a wiki (Help:Newest Pages)
New photos on this wiki
Special:NewFiles : List of photos on a wiki sorted by newest to oldest
Recent changes
Special:RecentChanges : The latest edits on a wiki (Help:Recent changes)
Related changes
Special:RelatedChanges : Changes made recently to pages linked from a specified page
or to members of a specified category (Help:Related changes)
Valid change tags
Special:Tags : A list of the tags that MediaWiki may mark an edit with, and their meaning
Special:Watchlist : Show the pages you are watching (Help:Watchlist)

Media reports and uploads

Duplicate photos search
Special:FileDuplicateSearch : Locate duplicate files based on filename
File list
Special:ImageList : List of images uploaded that can be sorted by size or date (Help:Images)
File path
Special:FilePath : Returns the complete path for a file (Help:Images)
Import Free Images
Special:ImportFreeImages : Import properly licensed photos from flickr (Help:Import free images)
MIME search
Special:MIMESearch : Enables the filtering of files for its MIME-type
Upload multiple photos
Special:MultipleUpload : Upload up to 10 files to the wiki (Help:Multiple uploads)
Upload photo
Special:Upload : Upload a file to the wiki (Help:Uploading files)

Wiki data and tools

Special:Statistics : Total number of pages and users
System messages
Special:Allmessages : Displays all pages in the MediaWiki namespace (Help:System Messages)
Special:Version : The version of the software the site is currently running. Also displayed 'installed' extensions
Wikia Statistics
Special:WikiStats : Displays monthly statistics of active users, edits, uploads, and other useful data

Redirecting special pages

External links search
Special:LinkSearch : Links on pages that take readers outside of the wiki
Random page
Special:RandomPage : Redirects to a random page (Help:Redirect)
Random redirect
Special:RandomRedirect : Randomly taken to a redirecting page (Help:Redirect)
Special:Search : Search the wiki (Help:Searching)

High use pages

Most linked-to categories
Special:MostLinkedCategories : Categories that have the most links to them in descending order
Most linked-to pages
Special:MostLinked : Pages that have the most links to them in descending order
Most linked-to photos
Special:MostImages : Images that have the most links to them in descending order
Most linked-to templates
Special:MostLinkedTemplates : Templates that have the most links to them in descending order
Most popular categories
Special:Mostpopularcategories : List of the most popular categories
Pages with the most categories
Special:MostCategories : List of pages with the most categories in descending order
Pages with the most revisions
Special:MostRevisions : List of pages with the large number of edits in descending order

Page tools


Example output of the Special:WhatLinksHere page.

Create a new page
Special:Createpage : Guided process to creating new pages (Help:New page)
Export pages
Special:Export : Exports the source of individual wiki pages, optionally with their histories, in a thin XML wrapper which includes metadata like time, etc (Help:Exporting pages)
Import pages
Special:Import : Import pages exported from another wiki in an XML file
Restore deleted pages
Special:Undelete : One way to undelete a page or review deleted revisions of pages
What links here
Special:WhatLinksHere : Finds all pages that link to an article. Three filters are available to except links, redirects or transclusions from the results. It is not yet possible to except transcluded links.

Wikia pages

Contact Wikia
Special:Contact : Send a message or inquiry to the Community Team (Help:Contacting Wikia)
Create blog
Special:CreateBlogPage : Create a new blog post
Create blog listing
Special:CreateBlogListingPage : Create a new blog listing page to display blog posts from categories
Partner feed
Special:PartnerFeed : RSS feed for types of wiki actions and content

Login/sign up

Connect account with Facebook

Other special pages

API Explorer
Special:ApiExplorer : Displays documentation for the wiki's API
Achievements Leaderboard
Special:Leaderboard : A ranked list of users by achievement badges
Activity feed
Special:WikiActivity : A visual feed of edits and communication on the wiki
Book sources
Special:BookSources : Used when an ISBN is linked to on a page. See Manual:ISBN for more information and right syntax.
Random page in category
Special:RandomInCategory : Generates a random page limited to the named category
Wiki Features
Special:WikiFeatures to view
Wiki Features
Special:WikiFeatures to edit
Enable, disable, and give feedback on experimental and optional features


Some extension also add new log types to the wiki (these will only exist if they are enabled at your wiki). Examples:

See also

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