Emphasis: _ for italics, * for bold, _* for both, = for fixed width.
Lists: * for bullet lists, # for numbered lists, Term:<new-line> definition for definition lists.
Preformatted text: Enclose text in <pre></pre> or <verbatim></verbatim>.
Indented text: Indent the paragraph with whitespaces.
References: JoinCapitalizedWords or use square brackets for a [page link] or URL [].
Preventing linking: Prefix with "~": ~DoNotHyperlink, name links like [text | URL or pagename].
Misc: "!", "!!", "!!!" make headings, "%%%" or "<br>" makes a linebreak, "----" makes a horizontal rule.
Allowed HTML tags: b big i small tt em strong abbr acronym cite code dfn kbd samp var sup sub

Character Formatting

  • All special non-whitespace HTML characters are displayed as-is. Exceptions below.
  • See Emphasis.
  • There's no syntax for font tags or color attributes.
  • The tilde '~' is the Escape Character:

    • A single tilde '~' followed by nothing gets rendered as a single tilde. => ~
    • Two tilde '~~' get rendered as a single tilde. => ~
    • A single tilde before a link ('~') prevents linking.


    • Two tildes before a link ('~~') produce a tilde

    followed by the hyperlinked URL. => ~

    • A tilde inside an URL gets removed, unless it's formatted inside

    [ ] brackets. Two tildes inside an URL (without brackets) become a single tilde. => or

  • Special non-ascii or non-latin characters are printed as-is only if supported by the native wiki CHARSET. Add such characters on a non-supported CHARSET with the Help:RawHtmlPlugin if it is enabled by the Admin and e.g. the &#num; syntax.
    E.g. These japanese euc-jp chars 'から 新規ページ' on this Plugin SystemInfo failed. unknown argument “CHARSET” to SystemInfo wiki. And with the plugin:
    Plugin RawHtml disabled. Raw HTML is only allowed in locked pages.
    <?plugin RawHtml &#12363;&#12425; &#26032;&#35215;&#12506;&#12540;&#12472; ?>

    And this is how it should look: chars-releasenotes-japanese.png


  • Don't indent paragraphs
  • Words wrap and fill as needed
  • Use blank lines as separators
  • Four or more minus signs make a horizontal rule
  • %%% or <br> makes a linebreak (in headings and lists too)


  • asterisk for first level

    • indented asterisk (indent at least two spaces) for second level, etc.
  • Use *, -, + or o for bullet lists, # for numbered lists (mix at will)
  • Definition lists:




    as in the <DL><DT><DD> list

  • Items may contain multiple paragraphs and other multi-lined content, just indent the items


  • '!' at the start of a line makes a small heading
  • '!!' at the start of a line makes a medium heading
  • '!!!' at the start of a line makes a large heading

Preformatted text

  • Place preformatted lines inside <pre>:

    Preformatted text. WikiLinks still work.


    Preformatted text. WikiLinks still work.
  • If you want text with no Wiki interaction, use the <verbatim> tag:

    Preformatted text. WikiLinks do not work.


    Preformatted text. WikiLinks do not work.

Indented Paragraphs

  • Two or more whitespaces signal indented text. Indents may be nested.

    This is an indented block of text.

    This block is even more indented.

  • E-mail style block-quoting is supported as well:

    > This is block-quoted text.

    renders as

    This is block-quoted text.


  • Use an underscore (_) for emphasis (usually italics)
  • Use an asterisk (*) for strong emphasis (usually bold)
  • Mix them at will: bold italics
  • Emphasis can be used multiple times within a paragraph, but cannot cross paragraph boundaries:


    will not work_


  • Hyperlinks to other pages within the Wiki are made by placing the page name in square brackets: this is a page link or UsingWikiWords (preferred)
  • Hyperlinks to external pages are done like this:
  • You can name the links by providing a name, a bar (|) and then the hyperlink or pagename: PhpWiki home page --- the front page
  • You can suppress linking to old-style references and URIs by preceding the word with a '~', e.g. NotLinkedAsWikiName,
  • Also, the old way of linking URL's is still supported: precede URLs with "http:", "ftp:" or "mailto:" to create links automatically as in:
  • URLs ending with .png, .gif, or .jpg are inlined if in square brackets, by themselves: png.png
  • In-page hyperlinks are made by placing a named anchor and referring to the anchor in a hyperlink:

    • Named anchors:

      • #[foo]: An anchor around the text "foo" with id "foo".
      • #[|foo]: An empty anchor with id "foo".
      • #[howdy|foo]: An anchor around the text "howdy" with id "foo".
    • References to name anchors are made thusly:
      [##hyperlinks], [OtherPage#foo], [named|OtherPage#foo].
  • Semantic links are named links like: is_a::WikiPage and attributes like size:-4000.
  • A pagelink within square brackets starting with ":" is not backlinked.


  • Definition list style tables are written just like definition lists, except that you replace the trailing colon on the term with a "pipe" (|).

    Term 1 |
       Definition 1 begins here.
       Term 1.1 |
          Definition 1.1
       Term 1.2 |
          Definition 1.2
       This is part of definition 1.
    Term 2 |
       Here's definition 2.
    Term 1

    Definition 1 begins here.

    Term 1.1 Definition 1.1
    Term 1.2 Definition 1.2

    This is part of definition 1.

    Term 2 Here's definition 2.
  • Old-style tables are supported through the Help:OldStyleTablePlugin

HTML Mark-Up Language

  • Some in-line markup is allowed through the use of HTML tags: b, big, i, small, tt, em, strong, abbr, acronym, cite, code, dfn, kbd, samp, var, sup and sub
  • < and > are themselves
  • The & characters will not work

Creating various kinds of special links

  • See Help:MagicPhpWikiURLs for gory details on how to write various kind of wiki maintenance and other special links.

Inserting plugins