Viewing a wiki

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This page is about how to use Moodle's wiki activity. It assumes you have added/created a Moodle wiki and are ready to add your first page. Editors note this page could be redirected from mod/wiki/view, a help page.


Wiki tabs.JPG A Moodle wiki has 4 tabs, the most commonly used tabs are view and edit.

Adding a wiki page

There are several ways to add a new wiki page. In later versions of Moodle, the course participant's privileges can affect adding or editing wiki pages. First you will create a link to a page that does not exist, then the wiki will create the blank page which someone can edit.

From a Wiki page

This is the easiest way to add a page (or the first one that worked for me!). Participants in a Wiki can create a new page by editing an existing Wiki page and adding a Wiki link that points to the page they want to create. A Wiki link is simply any character string enclosed in square brackets. The string is converted to a link by the following process:

  1. Click the Edit tab on the front page of the Wiki
  2. In the edit box type the title of the new page that you want to create. Enclose the title text in a SINGLE set of square brackets. Like this (other wikis use double brackets (including Moodle 2.0), the earlier Moodle wikis uses a single pair):
    Wiki non linked page example 1.JPG
  3. Click Save.
  4. The page you have just edited will now be displayed. The words "My First Added Page" will be displayed with a question mark link immediately after it and may look like:
    Wiki non linked page example 2.JPG
  5. Click on the "?" and you will be taken to an edit screen for a new page called:- "My First Added Page"
  6. Edit this new page with text as you will, and then click Save. You just created a new wiki linkable page.
  7. Want to check the link by going back to the original Wiki page?
    1. Click on the page link under "referring links" at the bottom of the new page in view mode.
    2. Another way is to click the - Choose Wiki Links - box, and then, from the drop down menu, select Site map. Click on the original page displayed on the screen. The words "My First Added Page" will have now become a link to your new page, a Wiki link.
  8. Bingo!

Add by initial wiki creation

When the teacher selects Wiki from the Add an Activity pull down menus in a course, they will be asked to create the first page.

Add by using search

In some versions of Moodle (not in 1.8 standard), any participant (with correct privileges) of an existing wiki can enter the name of the page they would like to create in the Search box on a wiki page. For example they might enter the name "Roses".

If the page already exists
they will be taken to the page "Roses"
If the page does not exist, they will see:
There is no page titled "Roses"
They can create this page by clicking on the "create this page" link
and begin editing the new page called "Roses"

Editing a wiki page

Editing the standard Moodle wiki is simple

  • Click on the edit tag at the top of the wiki page
  • Edit the text
  • Then save the page, or preview the page before saving
  • Remember that MoodleDocs is a different(more robust and complicated) kind of wiki than the standard Moodle wiki. Many MoodleDoc or WikiMedia wiki tags (See Help:Editing) may not work in the standard Moodle wiki in versions 1.8 and earlier.

The standard help file gives the basics of editing in ErfurtWiki. See Moodle Help Docs on How to wiki

Wiki search

Wiki search ignores hyperlinks so it is wise to add a "Keywords:" line which contains the words of the the page title separated by commas, and any other entries that you wish to be found by the search.


if you are using Ludo's new Nwiki module, there are some additional features.

Change to one of the following editors

Nwiki has several parsers, each one requiring a different sort of text. Its best to choose properly at the beginning, as altering half way through is not a good idea - they may well make a mess of text with a different formatting.

  • HTMLeditor - the default editor that is used for all other moodle forms
  • DFwiki - the parsing engine from a previous third-party version of the wiki software. You or your students may be familiar with this and wish to continue using it
  • Ewiki - the parsing engine from the previous default moodle wiki.
  • nwiki - the most up to date engine, which is almost identical to the one used by wikipedia.

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