How to Delete MediaWiki Pages

Updated on October 3, 2022

In this article you will learn how to delete MediaWiki pages.

Deleting one page

Step 1: Log in to the wiki. Very few wikis allow deletion by anonymous users.

Step 2: Navigate to the page you wish to delete.

Step 3: Start deletion. Click the deletion link at the top of the page.

Deleting a MediaWiki page using the Vector skin

The location of this link depends on the wiki theme. Typically it is part of a "page tools" menu.

Deleting a MediaWiki page using the Timeless skin

The link will only show if you have deletion permissions. If it does not show, you might have to as a wiki administrator to delete the page for you.

You can also use the alt+shift+D hotkey instead of clicking the deletion link.

Step 4: Confirm deletion. Optionally enter a reason so people know why the page was deleted.

Deleting a MediaWiki page

Note that users with sufficient privileges can restore delete pages.

Mass deletion of multiple pages

Mass deletion is only available to administrators.

Step 1: Ensure the Nuke extension is installed and enabled. This extension is included in ProWiki.

Step 2: Log in to the wiki as administrator.

Step 3: Go to the Special:Nuke Special Page.

Searching for MediaWiki pages to mass-delete them

Step 4: Enter search criteria and click "List pages".

Step 5: Ensure only pages that should be deleted are selected and click "delete selected".

Mass-deletion of MediaWiki pages