What is the syntax for showing an externally hosted image in a media wiki page? The media wiki help page doesn't seem to cover that scenario.

I've tried several things that don't work:

<img src="http://example.com/image.jpg">

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Your example [http://example.com/image.jpg] is correct.

You will need to enable this by setting $wgAllowExternalImages to true in your configuration file. The default is false. Optionally, you can set $wgAllowExternalImagesFrom to allow exceptions while $wgAllowExternalImages remains set to false. You can also use $wgEnableImageWhitelist to allow exceptions based upon regular expressions.

You will likely need to copy the appropriate line from DefaultSettings.php to LocalSettings.php.

Here are some links (in order):


Actually, [http://example.com/image.jpg] is not correct.

The correct way to insert an external image into a wikimedia page is http://example.com/image.jpg eg. no square brackets.

Of course, make sure that you have added $wgAllowExternalImages = true to your configuration file to enable display of the image, as wikimedia defaults to not allowing externally hosted images.

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