When a page of my company internal wiki is printed I would like to add a brief confidentiality text on every page footer and a larger one at the end of the article.

There are 3 links at the end of each screen page: Privacy policy, About and Disclaimers. Neither the links nor their content appears on printed pages.

Is it a feature provided by the standard MediaWiki software?

If not, can I do it with some simple customization?


I picked the answer that addresses only half of my problem because the other half cannot be addressed with Chrome/webkit because of this very old bug.


The documentation seems a bit inconsistent and is hard to answer without knowing what version you are using, but you should be able to a print only message to the Footer template example here

Depending on what the message is you may be able to edit or add a System Message for printing. There is also a coding option

  • The teflpedia example answers half of my question, how to add a footer at the end of the printed document. Any idea about how to add a footer at the end of each printed page in a multi-page document?
    – stenci
    Aug 21 '15 at 14:11
  • This extension let's you set the Footer per page and /or use a global footer. mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:HeadersFooters You can also edit the Print.css stylesheet with print only (as in my answer) to make sure certain seconds like copyright or disclaimers print
    – Mousey
    Aug 22 '15 at 0:03

You could edit a template (or more ideally copy, rename and then modify) in MediaWiki to achieve this. Templates are in the skins subfolder of your MediaWiki installation.

For example, you could edit the VectorTemplate->execute() function in \skins\Vector\VectorTemplate.php to include the HTML for your footer text if you were using the Vector template.

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