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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.

Example of alphabetic list as a special page

In the case of alphabetic lists of pages, ASCII order is used. In particular, a-z come after A-Z. The blank space within a page name is treated as an underscore, and therefore comes after the capitals, and before the lower case letters. However, a "blank space" after the name comes before any character. Sometimes a special character looks like a regular letter, but has a special code anyway.

Thus we have the order PC, PCX, PC Bruno, PCjr, Κ�?�?ια Σελίδα.

For the allowed characters in the lower range the order is:


Other special characters come at the end.

Special pages for all users

General use

Special pages 
Special:Specialpages : A list of the other special pages
Create page 
Special:CreatePage : Create a new main namespace page with specified title (page name) and text content
Recent changes 
Special:RecentChanges : The latest edits in the project. (Metawiki logo 18x18 Recent Changes help)
Related changes 
Special:RecentChangesLinked : List of changes made recently to pages linked from a specified page (or to members of a specified category)


Special:Search : Search files (names and summaries) and pages based on string(s) and optional namespaces (defaults to Main and File
External link search 
Special:LinkSearch : Search external links by search patterm (wildcards such as "*" may be used; supported protocols: http://, https://, ftp://, irc://, gopher://, telnet://, nntp://, worldwind://, mailto:, news:, svn://, and xmpp:)
MIME search 
Special:MIMESearch : List files filtered by MIME type (input: contenttype/subtype, e.g. image/jpeg)

User specific

Change password 
Special:ChangePassword : Change your user password
Special:Preferences : Set your user preferences. (Metawiki logo 18x18 Setting preferences in MediaWiki)
My home 
Special:MyHome : Show your My Home page (different from User page)
My watchlist 
Special:Watchlist : Show the pages you are watching. (Metawiki logo 18x18 Watchlist help)
Special:UserLogin : Log in as a user, if not currently logged in
Special:UserLogout : Logout, if currently logged in as a user
Invite to wiki 
Special:InviteSpecialPage : Send e-mails with wiki sign up invitation

File related

Upload file 
Special:Upload : Upload a file to the wiki. (Metawiki logo 18x18 Upload help)
Image list 
Special:ListFiles, Special:Imagelist : List of images uploaded that can be sorted by size or date
New files 
Special:NewFiles : new file uploaded - newest files uploaded, with name, user who uploaded the file, upload date and time, and current size
Wanted files 
Special:WantedFiles : Links to un-uploaded files by rank.
Unused files 
Special:UnusedFiles, Special:Unusedimages : List of unused files (mostly images)
File path 
Special:FilePath : Show complete path for a file (images are shown in full resolution, other file types are started with their associated program directly)
Import free images 
Special:ImportFreeImages : Search properly licensed photos from Flickr and import them into your wiki (provide tags separated by comma)

Page lists

Orphaned pages 
Special:LonelyPages : Articles with no links to them in the wiki, otherwise known as orphaned 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)
Wanted pages 
Special:WantedPages : Links to uncreated pages by rank.
Fewest revisions 
Special:FewestRevisions : Pages with low revision counts in order of least revisions
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
Without language links 
Special:WithoutInterwiki : Pages without language links
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
Broken redirects 
Special:BrokenRedirects : Redirects that link to non-existent pages
Double redirects 
Special:DoubleRedirects : Pages which redirect to other redirect pages
Disambiguation linked pages 
Special:Disambiguations ; List of pages that link to {{disambig}} pages and the disambig pages they link to
Special:ListRedirects : List of pages that are redirects and the page they link to
Protected pages 
Special:ProtectedPages : List protected pages based on several criteria

Category related

Category tree 
Special:CategoryTree : Category subtree or tree based on specified category to start with
Uncategorized categories 
Special:UnusedCategories : List uncategorized categories alphabetically
Wanted categories 
Special:WantedCategories : List of uncreated categories (category page) by rank

Template related

Uncategorized templates 
Special:UncategorizedTemplates : List uncategorized templates alphabetically
Unused templates 
Special:UnusedTemplates : List unused templates alphabetically
Wanted templates 
Special:WantedTemplates : List of uncreated templates by rank

Wiki info

All pages 
Special:AllPages : "All pages by title" : pages in the main namespace in alphabetical order; may be temporarily disabled.
All pages with prefix 
Special:PrefixIndex : display pages based on entered "prefix" text and selected namespace in alphabetical order; may be temporarily disabled.
Special:Categories : Lists all categories alphabetically
Special:Log : Show a variety of wiki activity information logs
Special:Statistics : Total number of pages and users
User group rights 
Special:ListGroupRights : Lists user group rights in bullet-ed list by group
Special:Version : The version of the software the site is currently running

User listing

List of blocked IP addresses and usernames 
Special:BlockList, Special:Ipblocklist : Blocked IPs and usernames
User list 
Special:ListUsers, Special:Listusers : A list of all registered users (No group, Rollback, Bots, Administrators, and Bureaucrats).
Admins list 
Special:ListUsers/sysop, Special:Listadmins : A list of all Administrators. See Special:ListUsers/bureaucrat for a list of bureaucrats.

Wikia related

Contact Wikia 
Special:Contact : Contact form for a reply from Wikia Staff, please use this form only for very important issues that can't be handled by a problem report
Widget dashboard 
Special:WidgetDashboard : Bring up page to test your widgets
Widgets list 
Special:Widgets : List of all available widgets
Webtools [BETA] 
Special:Webtools : More web search stats for wiki including search keywords and click pages
Wikia Stats
Special:WikiaStats : Expanded Wikia wiki statistics


Special:Contributions : List contributions of a specified user by namespace and optional date range; ; use [[Special:Contributions/username]] to make a link specifying page directly
What links here 
Special:WhatLinksHere : List files and pages that link to a specified page with optional namespace; use [[Special:WhatLinksHere/optional_namespace:pagename]] to make a link specifying page directly
Random page 
Special:Randompage : Redirects to a random page from in the global namespace which is not a redirect.
Book sources 
Special:Booksources : ISBN lookup
Edit count 
Special:Editcount : Show number of edits by a specified user (shows by namespace in current wiki and all Wikia wikis)
Protected titles 
Special:Booksources : List protected (unusable) page titles
Problem reports list 
Special:ProblemReports : Problem reports sorted by most recent date submitted (Wikia specific feature)
Export pages 
Special:Export : Exports the source of individual wiki pages, optionally with their histories, in a thin XML wrapper which includes metadata (time, etc).

Restricted special pages

Multiple file upload 
Special:MultipleUpload : Sysop only. Upload up to 10 files at once. Doesn't allow categories or templates in summary field.
Block user 
Special:Block, Special:Blockip : Sysop only. Used to block or unblock users, IPs and ranges of IPs.
Deleted user contributions 
Special:DeletedContributions : Show deleted user contributions based on IP or username by namespace.
View or restore deleted pages 
Special:Undelete : Sysop only. One way to undelete a page.
User rights management 
Special:UserRights : Sysop or Bureaucrat only. Demote/promote users or add them to different groups.
Import pages 
Special:Import : Sysop only. Import pages as XML data (best to use Special:Export to generate data).
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.

Sysop maintenance special pages

All system messages 
Special:Allmessages : Displays all pages in the MediaWiki namespace. Editing these pages is restricted and will affect wiki UI.
Duplicate file search 
Special:FileDuplicateSearch : Search for duplicate files (without File: prefix) on basis of its hash value
Special:Tags : Lists the tags that the software may mark an edit with, and their meaning; developer only?
Tags report 
Special:TagsReport : List special HTML tags used in wiki alphabetically
Unwatched pages 
Special:UnwatchedPages : List pages that aren't on any watch lists

Currently unavailable special pages

SQL query 
Special:Asksql : Sysop only. Database interface for running queries. 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 pages can be linked to as usual, like [[Special:Recentchanges]], and when they have parameters, the parameters follow after a backslash after the name, for example Special:RecentChanges/days=3,limit=10 (last 10 changes).

"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.

Also, some special pages appear on the sidebar because they act differently depending on what page they target for an action.

What sidebar special pages specific to current page do
  • What links here – Shows what other wiki pages link to the page you're on (links to this page have been added to various spots in the wiki, so you can see it at work).
  • Related changes – Shows recent changes to wiki pages that link from the page you're on (these links only exist to see how this special page works: Category talk:Game terms, Rumored Expansions).

See also

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
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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