Magic words (including parser functions, variables and behavior switches) are features of wiki markup that give instructions to Wikipedia's underlying MediaWiki software. For example, magic words can suppress or position the table of contents, disable indexing by external search engines, and produce output dynamically based on the current page or on user-defined conditional logic. Some of these features are especially useful for templates.
This help page is a how-to guide.
It details processes or procedures of some aspect(s) of Wikipedia's norms and practices. It is not one of Wikipedia's policies or guidelines, and may reflect varying levels of consensus and vetting.
This page is a quick reference for magic words. For more information, refer to the main MediaWiki documentation:
- mw:Help:Magic words: All standard magic words, including the "standard" parser functions.
- mw:Help:Extension:ParserFunctions: Additional parser functions, including conditional expressions.