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Support for Inter Wiki links


An Inter Wiki link can be used for referring to a Wiki page located in another Wiki system, and by extension, to any object located in any other Web application, provided a simple URL mapping can be done.

At the extreme, Inter Wiki prefixes can even be used to simply introduce links to new protocols, such as tsvn: used by TortoiseSvn.

Link Syntax


The link is composed by the targeted Wiki (or system) name, followed by a colon, eg MeatBall:, followed by a page specification in the target. Note that, as for Inter Trac prefixes, Inter Wiki prefixes are case insensitive.

The target Wiki URL is looked up in the [interwiki] section of Trac Ini or in the Inter Map Txt wiki page, modeled after MeatBall:InterMapTxt. If a prefix is defined in both the [interwiki] section and Inter Map Txt, the [interwiki] section takes precedence.

In addition to traditional Inter Wiki links, where the target is simply appended to the URL, Trac supports parametric Inter Wiki URLs: identifiers $1, $2, ... in the URL will be replaced by corresponding arguments. The argument list is formed by splitting the page identifier using the ":" separator.


Every option in the [interwiki] section in Trac Ini defines one Inter Wiki prefix. The option name defines the prefix. The option value defines the URL, optionally followed by a description separated from the URL by whitespace. Parametric URLs are supported as well.


MeatBall = http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?
PEP = http://www.python.org/peps/pep-$1.html Python Enhancement Proposal $1
tsvn = tsvn: Interact with TortoiseSvn


If the following is an excerpt of the Inter Map Txt page:

= InterMapTxt =
== This is the place for defining InterWiki prefixes ==

Currently active prefixes: [[InterWiki]]

This page is modelled after the MeatBall:InterMapTxt page.
In addition, an optional comment is allowed after the mapping.
PEP      http://www.python.org/peps/pep-$1.html           # Python Enhancement Proposal $1 
Trac-ML  http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.subversion.trac.general/$1  # Message $1 in Trac Mailing List

tsvn     tsvn:                                            # Interact with TortoiseSvn
MeatBall http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?
MetaWiki http://sunir.org/apps/meta.pl?
MetaWikiPedia http://meta.wikipedia.org/wiki/
MoinMoin http://moinmoin.wikiwikiweb.de/


  • MoinMoin:InterWikiMap should be rendered as MoinMoin:InterWikiMap and the title for that link would be "InterWikiMap in MoinMoin"
  • Trac-ML:4346 should be rendered as Trac-ML:4346 and the title for that link would be "Message 4346 in Trac Mailing List"

See also: Inter Trac, Inter Map Txt

Last modified 6 years ago Last modified on Dec 10, 2015, 6:49:23 AM