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See also the Cite extension, which is unrelated to this, but used to live in the same repository as CiteThisPage.
This extension comes with MediaWiki 1.25 and above. Thus you do not have to download it again. However, you still need to follow the other instructions provided.
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Release status: stable
ImplementationSpecial page
DescriptionAdds a special page that provides different citation formats for a particular article
  • Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
  • James D. Forrester
Latest versioncontinuous updates
Compatibility policySnapshots releases along with MediaWiki. Master is not backward compatible.
LicenseGNU General Public License 2.0 or later
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The CiteThisPage extension, previously known as SpecialCite.php, is an extension that creates a special page (​Special:CiteThisPage​) and toolbox link to it for pages in the main namespace. Given an article name, this extension generates citations to it in a variety of styles.
English Wikipedia
w:Special:CiteThisPage/Train provides citation info about the article w:Train, in the format specified by the local English MediaWiki file w:MediaWiki:Citethispage-content
Each normal page (current version only) has a sidebar link to that special page, in addition to the link "permanent link".
The citing style it uses is customizable from the MediaWiki namespace (​MediaWiki:Citethispage-content​), for instance:
* ''​{{FULLPAGENAME}}​'' (last modified {{CURRENTTIME}}, {{CURRENTDAY}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}} UTC). {{SITENAME}}, {{int:sitesubtitle}}. Retrieved <citation>{{CURRENTTIME}}, {{CURRENTDAY}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}}</citation> from {{fullurl:{{FULLPAGENAME}}|oldid={{REVISIONID}}}}
Might produce:
Main Page (last modified 02:47, 26 November 2005 UTC). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:14, 26 November 2005 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Main_Page&oldid=10403
The parser variables e.g. {{CURRENTTIME}}, {{CURRENTMONTH}} etc. will display the time of the last edit to the requested page, to get the current time use
, e.g.
This extension is being used on one or more Wikimedia projects. This probably means that the extension is stable and works well enough to be used by such high-traffic websites. Look for this extension's name in Wikimedia's CommonSettings.php and InitialiseSettings.php configuration files to see where it's installed. A full list of the extensions installed on a particular wiki can be seen on the wiki's Special:Version page.
Last edited on 15 July 2021, at 13:53
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