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Wikimedia Meta-Wiki – Help:Interwiki linking — part of the MediaWiki Handbook.

Some examples include:


Interwiki (also written as InterWiki) is the term used to describe a method of linking directly to other 'external' wiki sites, using 'internal' wikilink double-square brackets — [[]]. This is used instead of single-square brackets which are used to link to conventional external URLs (which render a link with a double-arrow, which is unsightly when used within prose).

Interwiki map

Here resides our WikiIndex interwiki map with some 120 entries – you can not edit it yourself. Contact a WikiIndex interwiki manager or Administrator if any notable external wikis are not on our interwiki map, you think they should be; and we have a valid need to link to articles on said external wiki.

The master of this list, for all wiki sites powered by MediaWiki, is called Meta-Wiki:Interwiki map, maintained on Wikimedia Meta-Wiki. It has more than 400 entries, although regular efforts are made to remove redundant or meaningless entries.

Cleaning up the interwiki map

It looks like there are a bunch of links to WikiIndex that may have been thought to link to language sections, I propose to delete those and add them if they are ever needed. MarkDilley

Rather than have a long list that people have to scroll down (especially with the page having no contents), wouldn't it be better to have an InterWiki template that lists all the languages and allows non-English people to click on one word to get to a page that is only in their language?
Is it possible to have something like and then use that to change the content navigate and toolbox menus into Spanish? David Shepheard 01:35, 13 May 2009 (EDT)
I believe that MediaWiki is set up to work that way. Someone else had mentioned this in one of the threads on the Community Talk page (I think). --MarvelZuvembie 16:02, 13 May 2009 (EDT)

InterWiki logo – a discussion on and examples of logos at the InterWiki Wiki, via

Some logos saved:

Interlanguage links

It is possible to make a link on the sidebar saying the page exists in another language. For example, [[fr:InterWiki]] creates a link in the sidebar saying this page exists in French. If it shows a red link, contact an interwiki manager.

I don't know how to do this, not sure of it's function. MarkDilley
Not available here. --YiFei | talk 08:45, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

This is most commonly used on Wikipedia – as an example, for the English Wikipedia, you might be reading an article on Bill Gates, and the sidebar will show interlanguage links for Bill Gates articles on say German Wikipedia, Polish Wikipedia, Japanese Wikipedia, etc. However, it is unlikely that this facility would be used here on WikiIndex, simply because we do not have the required numbers of editors who are fluent in the required languages; and it would not be feasible to ensure their ongoing accuracy.

Further reading

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