MediaWiki Demo and Information

Free MediaWiki demo installation

Want to quickly see how the open-source software MediaWiki works? You'll find a free and updated demo installation of MediaWiki here.

Before using this demo please notice:

Option 1: Shared and self resetting MediaWiki demo

There is a public demo installation of MediaWiki which is shared with others and resets itself hourly. You can access it by visiting the following link:

Option 2: Request your own MediaWiki demo installation

You can request a own demo instance with a lifetime of 24 hours. This is ideal if you don't want to have your settings overwritten by other users of this website. Just use the following form and receive a link to your free custom instance within seconds:


About MediaWiki

MediaWiki is a free open source wiki software developed by Magnus Manske using the PHP programming language and a MySQL database to store information, and later improved by Lee Daniel Croker. MediaWiki features and ease of use have not only made it very popular, but have turned it into the leading software in its category, and is currently being used on many websites. Some examples include Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wiktionary. The first version of the software was released on January 25, 2002 to support the needs of the Wikipedia website. At that time it replaced UseModWiki, the wiki software Wikipedia has been using since its launch in 2001. Given that Wikipedia is one of the world’s largest websites, MediaWiki features have been constantly improved and is now optimized for large projects with terabytes of content and more than a hundred thousand hits per second.

Over the years, some of the MediaWiki features stand out as they helped make the product stronger. Some examples include the categorization system added in 2004, a delivery system for CSS and JavaScript added in 2011 and a WYSIWYG editor called VisualEditor added in 2013. Its active volunteer community of developers is in charge of new MediaWiki features development and maintenance, releasing new versions of the software every three to eight months. Localization and internationalization has also been very important for the project and has allowed for the MediaWiki user interface to be fully or partially translated into more than 300 languages.

If you’re interested in how a MediaWiki demo looks like you can click on the links above and login using the admin demo username and password. This will give you a complete MediaWiki review of all the features and options available. You can also choose to download it and set up your own MediaWiki demo site. Keep in mind that the installation requires you to have admin privileges on a server running PHP and a compatible type of SQL database so you can store information. One of the cool MediaWiki features is the ability to track any edits thanks to its Recent Changes feature that provides a list of recent edits to the wiki. The online demo will also show you how you can organize your content using page tabs or associated pages and use internal links for navigation. You can also try to use namespaces, category tags and subpages.

You can choose to change your MediaWiki theme, as the software has a template processor that enables the design of the MediaWiki themes to be separated from the content it manipulates. The screenshots below will give you a preview of some MediaWiki themes.

MediaWiki resembles WordPress CMS in terms of licensing and architecture, being released under the GNU General Public License version 2. This allows developers to create extensions that will extend MediaWiki features without the need to modify the core or submit their code for review. They can also create new MediaWiki themes depending on their specific branding needs.

Key Facts

CMS nameMediaWiki
User rating1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (70 votes, average: 4.26 out of 5)
CMS CategoriesCMS / Portals, Wiki
Current version (stable)v.1.35.1
Latest release date (stable)09/25/2020
First release date01/25/2002
LicenseAttribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported
Supported languagesEnglish
CMS Demo available (see above)
Admin Demo available (see above)
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