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Release status: stable

Implementation  User identity, Special page
Description Special page allows user accounts to be renamed
Author(s)  Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
MediaWiki  1.7.0+
License No license specified
Download from Subversion

Renameuser provides a special page which allows authorised users to rename user accounts. This will cause page histories, etc. to be updated.


This extension requires MediaWiki version 1.7.0 or greater. Due to the nature of this extension, and its use in production on Wikimedia web sites, it is often updated, and can become incompatible with old versions of the software with little advance warning.


  1. Check out all extension files from Subversion, and place them in a Renameuser directory within your MediaWiki extensions directory
  2. Add the following line to LocalSettings.php:

<source lang="php"> require_once( "{$IP}/extensions/Renameuser/SpecialRenameuser.php" ); </source>

Installation can be verified through the Special:Version page.


  1. As a bureaucrat, access the Special:Renameuser page
  2. Enter the name of the user to be renamed, and the desired new name, toggle the options to move user/talk pages and their subpages as desired, and click OK

The user will be renamed.