MediaWiki 1.27.0 – Coming Soon!

The team’s activity last week was dominated by technical tasks. In particular, the main focus of the team was preparing for the MediaWiki 1.27.0 upgrade which will be happening soon.

While we’re not in a position to announce the date of the upgrade just yet, the technical team have been working continuously¬†over the week to prepare it. A number of functions have been removed or replaced in this release which affects a larger chunk of our code than normal. In particular, skins and anti-spam tools which need to be updated before we can deploy 1.27.0 on all wikis.

We also pushed the last set of code to production from the 1.26 release which included a number of bugfixes for Aurora, JavaScript loading for a number of skins and i18n updates to point to our new bug tracking tool which we announced recently.

The customer support team continued their tireless work to respond to any queries and help as many users as possible, and our interns are continuing to make great progress on some interesting new project.

You can follow the progress of our upgrade work on Phabricator – Task 90.


Scheduled: MediaWiki 1.21 Upgrade

Hi everybody,

Just a quick notification that you’ll see a small bit of downtime early Saturday morning due to us upgrading all sites to MediaWiki 1.21.1 – the newest MediaWiki release. The downtime will start at approximately 10AM UTC and is nothing to be worried about. The sites will return shortly after this – we’re not sure exactly how long things will take, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for more information.

More details about what is in the new release will be posted here as soon as the upgrade is complete!


Lewis Cawte,
Chief Technical Officer,