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The following table contains the release history of MediaWiki, showing all of its release versions.

Version number Date Links Notable changes
1.1 December 8, 2003 Full release notes
  • New wiki table syntax.
  • User-editable interface messages through "MediaWiki namespace".
  • XML-wrapped page source export with optional history.
  • "Magic words" – special variables and parser instructions.
1.2 March 24, 2004 Full release notes
  • Experimental web-based installer.
  • Image resizing and thumbnail generation.
  • Editing toolbar for learning wiki syntax.
  • User rights management within the wiki.
1.3 August 11, 2004 Full release notes
  • New, highly CSS-based default look and feel ("MonoBook" skin) and better web standards compliance.
  • Parametrized templates.
  • Category feature.
  • Automatic merging of edit conflicts when possible.
  • Improved installation.
1.4 March 20, 2005 Full release notes, Language support
  • User interface language can be changed by the user.
  • Significant performance improvements.
  • Support for compressing old revisions of articles to reduce storage needs.
  • Image gallery generation, list of recently uploaded images.
  • SVG rasterization support (requires external support tools).
1.5
(last version to support MySQL 3)
October 5, 2005 Full release notes, Language support
  • Major database redesign decoupling text storage from revision tracking, resulting in:
    • Significant performance boosts for some operations.
    • Permalink functionality for all revisions.
    • Support for storing bulk data outside the main database.
  • Support for e-mail notification upon changes.
  • Page content must be encoded in UTF-8.
1.6
(last version to support PHP 4)
April 5, 2006 Full release notes, Language support
  • Page protection/unprotection uses a new, expanded form.
  • "Job queue" for background updates.
  • Improved tracking of template usage.
  • Template parameters can have default values.
1.7 July 7, 2006 Full release notes, Language support
  • MediaWiki 1.7 requires PHP 5 (5.1 recommended). PHP 4 is no longer supported.
  • Deleted files can now be restored.
1.8 October 10, 2006 Full release notes, Language support
  • Full support for PostgreSQL (8.1 or better) database backend
  • Support for DjVu thumbnailing and multipage navigation
  • Various improvements to user blocking; blocks can be made to affect only unregistered users using a particular IP address
  • Uploading files from publicly accessible URLs is possible if enabled
1.9 January 10, 2007 Full release notes, Language support
  • "Undo revision" feature
  • Various improvements to blocking and special page caching
  • Tables with sortable columns
  • Addition of an edit counter field to the user database
  • Revision size displayed on watchlists and recent changes
  • The names of Special: pages can now be localized, so links and URLs to them are more legible in languages that aren't English.
1.10 May 9, 2007 Full release notes, Language support
  • "Cascading protection" feature
  • Improved tooltips and accesskey feature
  • Various improvements to blocking and special page caching
  • IPv6 support
1.11 September 10, 2007 Full release notes, Language support
  • $wgAddGroups and $wgRemoveGroups are added to allow finer control over usergroup assignment
  • AJAX-based page watching has been cleaned up and enabled by default
1.12 March 20, 2008 Full release notes, Language support
1.13 August 14, 2008 Full release notes, Language support
  • New special pages: FileDuplicateSearch, ListGroupRights
  • Special:UserRights and Special:SpecialPages have been redesigned
  • Hidden category feature: __HIDDENCAT__ on a category page will hide the category on the article page.
  • Friendlier behaviour for users who click a red link but can't edit
  • Double redirects created by a page move can be fixed automatically
1.14 February 22, 2009 Full release notes, Language support
  • Supports a plaintext copyright notice (other than Creative Commons or GFDL)
  • Images can link to an arbitrary title or URL
  • Search engine indexing can be controlled on a per-page basis
  • Better CSS support for handheld devices
  • Page history pages now have a date selector
  • File upload history pages now display thumbnails for every file version
1.15 June 10, 2009 Full release notes, Language support
  • Supports filename moving
  • Added keywords {{GENDER:||}}, {{NUMBEROFACTIVEUSERS}} and {{REVISIONUSER}}
1.16 1.16 started as of May 2009 Full release notes, Language support
1.17 1.17 started as of February 2010 Full release notes, Language support

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