Last modified on February 10, 2012, at 17:10


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Release status: stable

Description Allows users to display maps and coordinate data using multiple mapping services.
Author(s) Jeroen De Dauw and others
Last Version 1.0.5 (2011-11-30)
MediaWiki 1.15.* or higher
License GPL v3+
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Maps is the MediaWiki extension that provides the ability to dynamically visualize geographic data in your wiki pages and handle geographical data! This page contains information about the extension; see the user manual for more info on how to use it.


Maps uses dynamic, JavaScript based, mapping API's such as Google Maps and OpenLayers. It has build in support for geocoding, displaying maps, displaying markers, adding pop-ups, and more. Maps allows extensive customization of your maps, either per map, or via a general setting affecting all maps on your wiki.

Due to Maps modular build, modifying the mapping service of a map is as easy as changing a single map property! These mapping services include Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, OpenLayers and OpenStreetMap. These allow you to display maps with Google Earth, Bing maps, OpenStreetMaps, and others.

Semantic Maps is an extension built on top of maps, and adds semantic capabilities to it. When using Semantic MediaWiki, it is highly recommended to use Semantic Maps together with maps, since it will make coordinate insertion even easier.

Both Maps and Semantic Maps are partly based on Semantic Google Maps and Semantic Layers, and are meant to replace those extensions. Maps contains all functionality of Google Geocoder, and so also replaces this extension.

Maps parser hooks

Parser hook Description Minimum version Maximum version Parser function available Tag extension available
Coordinates Formats coordinates 0.6 still supported Yes Yes
Display line Map display with one or more markers and lines 1.1 1.1 Yes Yes
Display map Simple map display without markers 0.5 still supported Yes Yes
Display points Map display with one or more markers 0.1 1.1 Yes Yes
Distance Distance conversion 0.6.2 still supported Yes Yes
Finddestination Finds the destination given a starting point, initial bearing and a distance 0.6 still supported Yes Yes
Geocode Converts addresses to coordinates 0.1 still supported Yes Yes
Geodistance Calculates the distance between two points 0.6 still supported Yes Yes


Maps 1.0.5 dependencies
Name Required Recommended Version Supported Versions
MediaWiki Yes 1.18 or above 1.17 or above
Validator Yes 0.4.13 0.4.x later then 0.4.10
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For a complete list of downloads, including obsolete and experimental releases, go to the Google code download page. If you have MediaWiki 1.17 or above, simply get the latest version. If you are using MediaWiki 1.15.x or 1.16.x, get the latest 0.7.x release.

Subversion downloads

You can also download the code directly via SVN from the MediaWiki source code repository, at From a command line, you can call the following:

svn checkout

To get the latest changes, you can download the code directly from the trunk. Note that trunk requires MediaWiki 1.17 or above.

svn checkout

For MediaWiki 1.15.x and 1.16.x installs, you can get the latest Maps 0.7.x code from this branch:

svn checkout

Note that this is discouraged when stability is a big concern.

To update a branch, use:

svn switch

Package downloads

Compatibility and dependencies

You can see the dependencies of the current release in the box on the right. For a full list of dependency tables of all releases, see the Maps dependencies category.


In order to use Maps, you need to have Extension:Validator installed.

But if you get a distribution from this page, you do not need to bother with this, since Validator comes bundled with every release, and will automatically be loaded by Maps. If you get Maps from SVN trunk, or a tag, you must make sure you also install Validator.

Once you have downloaded the code, place the 'Maps' directory within your MediaWiki 'extensions' directory. Then add the following code to your LocalSettings.php file:

require_once( "$IP/extensions/Validator/Validator.php" ); # Validator must be included *before* Maps.
require_once( "$IP/extensions/Maps/Maps.php" ); # Maps

Once you have successfully installed Maps, please add your wiki to the Sites that use Maps section.


Maps is currently at version 1.0.5, released on 30 November 2011. It is still be considered beta, since some small issues might be present. However, it has been tested quite thoroughly, and should not cause any big problems.


For a list of planned features and idea's, see the roadmap.

Version history

This list contains all releases of Maps. For a lift of the release notes, see the release notes file on svn.

  • Maps 0.6 (2010-05-31)
    • Maps 0.6.1 (2010-06-04)
    • Maps 0.6.2 (2010-06-07)
    • Maps 0.6.3 (2010-06-20)
    • Maps 0.6.4 (2010-07-08)
    • Maps 0.6.5 (2010-07-27)
    • Maps 0.6.6 (2010-08-26)
  • Maps 0.5 (2009-12-17)
    • Maps 0.5.1 (2009-12-25)
    • Maps 0.5.2 (2010-01-20)
    • Maps 0.5.3 (2010-02-01)
    • Maps 0.5.4 (2010-03-01)
    • Maps 0.5.5 (2010-03-20)
  • Maps 0.4 (2009-11-03)
    • Maps 0.4.1 (2009-11-10)
    • Maps 0.4.2 (2009-11-15)
  • Maps 0.3 (2009-08-14)
    • Maps 0.3.1 (2009-08-18)
    • Maps 0.3.2 (2009-08-18)
    • Maps 0.3.3 (2009-08-25)
    • Maps 0.3.4 (2009-09-12)
  • Maps 0.2 (2009-07-29)
    • Maps 0.2.1 (2009-07-30)
    • Maps 0.2.2 (2009-08-01)
  • Maps 0.1 (2009-07-20)

Supported languages

Maps has support for over 85 languages, including English, Afrikaans, Gheg Albanian, Arabic, Aramaic, Egyptian Spoken Arabic, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Bahasa Banjar, Breton, Bosnian, Catalan, Chechen, Czech, German, German, Lower Sorbian, Greek, British English, Esperanto, Spanish, Estonian, Basque, Finnish, French, Franco-Provençal, Friulian, Galician, Ancient Greek, Swiss German, Hebrew, Hindi, Croatian, Upper Sorbian, Haitian, Hungarian, Interlingua, Indonesian, Igbo, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Georgian, Khmer, Kannada, Colognian, Ladino, Luxembourgish, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Erzya, Nahuatl, Dutch, Norwegian Nynorsk, Norwegian, Occitan, Deitsch, Polish, Piedmontese, Pashto, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Tarandíne, Russian, Rusyn, Sinhala, Slovak, Serbian Cyrillic ekavian, Serbian Latin ekavian, Swedish, Telugu, Thai, Tagalog, Turkish, Tatar, Ukrainian, Veps, Vietnamese, Volapük, Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Chinese and others.

Work for hire

The following people can be hired to set up a wiki that uses Maps and Semantic Maps, along with other MediaWiki components.

  • Jeroen De Dauw - You can also hire me to develop new features for Maps or it's extensions, or do optimizations for your specific needs. Just send me an email.

Getting support

If you have any Maps related questions, you can add them to the Maps talk page. You can alternatively also place any questions on the MediaWiki tech mailing list, wikitech-l. If possible, add "[Maps]" at the beginning of the subject line, to clarify the subject matter. Please contact the extensions authors only directly for urgent matters. Placing your questions on the talk page will create useful references for other people with similar problems.

Supporting further development

Are you using Maps, and want to show a sign of gratitude for it's development? You can make a donation to support further development.

External links

See also

This documentation page applies to all (Semantic) Maps versions from 0.7 to the most current version.
Other versions: 0.1 – 0.6.6      

Maps en 0.7